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Istanbul – Atatürk’s legacy

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Istanbul’s landmark, the world-famous Hagia Sophia, has been a mosque again this summer. For years the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been gradually correcting the secular reforms of the state founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Erdogan’s ideologically motivated reshaping of Istanbul calls critics on the scene. ORF – Kulturmontag, 9.11.2020

A museum for the Musa Dağh

Thomas Büsch
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In Vakıflı, the last Armenian village in Turkey, there has been a special museum since early summer. It is carefully attempted to establish a culture of remembrance. At the same time, the people try to maintain their Armenian traditions and document them in the museum.

Monsieur Doumani

Thomas Büsch
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The island of Cyprus has been divided for 45 years. Local musicians, however, are crossing the south-easternmost border of the EU. Monsieur Doumani is an internationally acclaimed Greek-Cypriot musician trio on the island of Cyprus. Thirty years after the dissolution of the Iron Curtain in Europe, the band musically defies the division of the island. […]

Court Case Osman Kavala

Thomas Büsch
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On the occasion of the re-elction in Istanbul and the beginning of the court case on June 24 - 25 against Osman Kavala and 15 others, the program explores the independent exhibition center DEPO and its current exhibition Shared Sacred Sites.

Mosul, My Home

Thomas Büsch
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Art and Culture in Conflict Areas ORF – Kulturmontag, 29.4.2019 7 min The artist Adalet R. Garmiany and his art initiative ArtRole is working on a new project: a documentary about Mosul after ISIS. One of the largest ArtRole’s project in recent years. ‘Mosul My Home’ Is a project addressing the hope and dreams of people […]

Murat Germen – Istanbul

Thomas Büsch
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The largest airport of the world represents the gigantomania of the New Turkey by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Its manifestation in the cityscape is an artistically barely developed field. The artist Murat Germen photographically fixes the urban transformation processes of Istanbul and analyzes it with digital montages. The focus is also on the unmasking of […]