An Istanbul Memory


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The 2nd gathering of the international artist in residency programs in Istanbul took place on March 13th at an historic appartment of Manzara Istanbul in Suriye Pasajı at Istiklal Boulevard. This gathering was organized by InEnArt in cooperation with Manzara Istanbul under the topic An Istanbul Memory. An Istanbul Memory or also titled Memory Games was invented by the architect in resident of the Manzara residency program defining her work in progress in Istanbul.

After Berkin Elvan`s burial, photo by Eren Aytug, NAR Photos collective, 2014

In solidarity with Berkin Elvan – the youngster who died on March 11 after 269 days in coma – and on the occasion of his funeral on March 12th InEnArt showed the documentary Tear Gas and Graffiti by Sabine Küper and Thomas Büsch. Berkin Elvan died after sustaining a head injury from a gas canister as he went to buy bread during a police crackdown. Protests sparked across Turkey on the day of his funeral following the police intervention into mourners of Berkin Elvan after the 15-year-old’s March 12 funeral in Istanbul have left two dead and hundreds injured. The movie describes the capuling culture during the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey in Summer 2013, when Berkin Elvan was hit by a tear gas canister on the head. The movie is featuring NAR Photos collective, Mehmet Güleryüz, Erdem Gündüz, Ziya Aziza, Kardeş Türküler and others.

An Istanbul Memory, photo by Florentine Schmidt, 2014

Under the title An Istanbul Memory Florentine Schmidt – the current Manzara architecture resident from Germany – gave an insight into her work she prepared during her 2 month stay in Istanbul. The photo documents reveal an in the depth view on the urban transformation process of Istanbul. Her photos show that the actual governmental policies of urban transformation are primarily profit-oriented rather than following humanistic ideals.

Street Works, by Dennis Gün, Berlin 2010

Finally in memory of Dennis Gün from Istanbul, who died at the age of 58 on February 25th in Berlin, InEnArt presented for the first time the movie Compositions and Coincidences documenting the photographic work of Dennis Gün, featuring Dennis Gün and the curator Jürgen Schilling. In this movie we discover Dennis Gün’s world of imagination and inspiration.

25 years ago when the Berlin Residency Program, organised and financed by the Berlin Senate, was launched, it was the first of its kind. Today there are more than ten regular programs inviting artists from Europe to stay, live and work in Istanbul for a period of time.

The gatherings will continue periodically, so watch out for the next one…

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Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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