rain, tears of joy, tears of fear, hush hush
A specially authorized Istanbul court ruled yesterday to release prominent publisher and human rights activist Ragıp Zarakolu (65) and 14 others who had been arrested in connection with the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trials.
Zarakolu didn’t expect the sudden release, which in fact is the result of a lot of campaigning in Turkey and worldwide. So he is carrying his personal stuff under plastic bags in a shopping car due to the sudden starting rain. Hurrying as if being scared, that authorities might change their mind.
One of the last blacksmith
work in progress
woman in the traditional ehram
a dress out of one piece oh cloth
Old city of Bayburt
on the bridge
passing the bridge
Bayburt is located between Erzurum and Trabzon at the river Çoruh.
The fortress was in fact first built by Romans, but it was recycled and added to by many others. Marco Polo (1254–1324 and Evliya Çelebi (1611 – 1682) mention it in their reports.
Today the old historical houses need restauration very badly. Old handcrafts like the blacksmithing are fading and replaced by the “modern” plastic world.
In some villages the ehram is still used as a veiling dress.
But maybe theres a way to smooth the gap between old and new times.or a way to put it in a productive, creative discourse?! Have also a look at Baksi museum, it’s located close to Bayburt. http://senseoftime.inenart.eu/?p=890
Mike Berg and Oya Koçan
dress by desiğner Özlem Süer
Cloth for the traditional Ehram
Şakır Gökçebağ, Ayakkabı Enstalasyonu
Kurucu Koçanoğlu, Büyünce karınca olacağım
Baksi is the name of an amazing museum founded by artist Hüsamettin Koçan. It is located up on the mountains above the village Baksi in the province of Bayburt, where Hüsamettin Koçan was born. The ehram is a local dress for women in that region. The fabric is made out of sheep wool.
Istanbulian fashion designer Özlem Süer produced a serial of nine ehram-models for the museum. The cloth was woven by local women in workshops, that are offered at the Baksi museum. Oya Koçan and American artist Mike Berg are visiting the ehram-workshop and do have a look at the woven products.
There’s a group exhibition at Baksi right now. I chose Şakir Gökçebags Shoe-Installation and Kurucu Koçanoglus Installation “When I am adult I want to become an ant”. The Shoes are rubber models worn in the regions villages. The giant ants out of metal are made by Blacksmith of Bayburt.
Have a look at the area of Bayburt: http://senseoftime.inenart.eu/?p=918
Richter’s works about the German autumn 1977 reached the audience in 1988. He pictured the dark room of democracy in Germany. The death of the imprisioned founders of the Red Army Fraction (RAF). It’s a good sign, that the works are exhibited now in the old National Gallery in Berlin, the shrine of German romanticism and the romantic transfigured nationalism.
Gerhard Richter was born to Horst and Hildegard Richter in Dresden on February 9, 1932. He grew up in GDR and moved to the BRD in 1961.
Gerhard Richter was one of the first German artists to reflect on the history of National Socialism, creating paintings of family members who had been members, as well as victims of, the Nazi party. Continuing his historical interest, he produced the 15-part work October 18 1977 1988, a sequence of black and white paintings based on images of the Baader Meinhof group. Richter has continued to respond to significant moments in history throughout his career; the final room of the exhibition includes September 2005, a painting of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001.
Check out the documentary Children of the Revolution by Shane O’Sullivan at InEnArt
Artist Hüsamettin Koçan built a museum close to Baksi, the village in the province of Bayburt, where he was born.