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Why Is The Turkish Government Trying To Sue This Cultural Organization Out Of Existence?

“While art philanthropist Osman Kavala has been jailed in Turkey for more than three years without conviction, the country has now filed an unprecedented lawsuit in an attempt to dismantle his Istanbul-based arts organization Anadolu Kültür. … Kavala’s various initiatives to support cultural memory projects for Kurds, Armenians, Yazidis, and other marginalized groups in Turkey have long made Anadolu Kültür a target of government scrutiny.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Turkey, Istanbul, Issues, Kavala, Osman Kavala, 02.16.21, Anadolu Kültür

Where Writing Historical Novels Can Get You Thrown Into Prison For Life

Yes, there are a number of countries where this is the case. But one that has an ongoing history of jailing its most famous writers, even as it claims to be an elective democracy is Turkey, where Ahmet Altan is now living in a 13-foot-long cell in Europe’s largest prison complex. Fellow novelist Kaya Genç (himself free, at least for now) looks at Altan’s case and at his magnum opus, the Ottoman Quartet, whose last volume, if it’s written at all, will come from behind bars. – The New Republic ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Turkey, Words, Kaya Genc, Ahmet Altan, Altan, 12.30.20

The Daring Kurdish Artist Who Smuggled Her Work Out In Turkish Prison’s Dirty Laundry

Zehra Doğan had little access to visual art materials during her imprisonment in Turkey, where she was jailed for painting a Kurdish town that was destroyed by Erdogan’s government in 2015. “With no paper, Doğan used newspaper, cardboard and clothes as canvases. For paint, she found that crushed herbs made green, kale was a substitute for purple, and pomegranate or menstrual blood could be used for red. Blue ballpoint pen, cigarette ash, coffee grounds, pepper and turmeric make up much of the r...
Tags: Art, Turkey, Erdogan, Visual, Dogan, Zehra Dogan, 11.08.20

Kurdish-Language Play In Istanbul Banned Just Hours Before Curtain

“Beru, a Kurdish adaptation of Dario Fo’s 1981 satire Trumpets and Raspberries, was due to open at the city’s municipal theatre, marking the first time a Kurdish-language play had been staged in the institution’s 106-year history.” Turkey’s interior ministry tweeted that “a theatre play spreading the PKK terror organisation’s propaganda will [not] be allowed [in any language]”; one of the actors responded “The play by Dario Fo was performed in many languages all over the world. Why is it danger...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Turkey, Istanbul, Pkk, Dario Fo, 10.14.20

Why Converting Turkey’s Historic Museums To Mosques Is A Powerful Statement

As museums, Hagia Sophia and Chora embodied both Byzantine and Ottoman pasts, and became symbols of multi-faith co-existence. Their conversion implies a hierarchy prioritising their Islamic past over all other layers. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Turkey, Issues, Sophia, Chora, 09.15.20

Before Tesla, There Was Anadol, Legendary Turkish Dune Buggy

Turkey’s indigenous (but with an American Ford engine) Anadol Böcek (Bug), was designed by Jan Nahum of the Ford-Otosan corporation in 1975. The car was produced between 1975 and 1977, in a very limited production run of 200-or-so vehicles. The vehicle, similar in appearance to a fiberglass dune buggy but different in design concept and characteristics, was developed upon request for a similar... Source
Tags: Design, Technology, Cars, Turkey, Ford, Retro, 1970s, Anadol, Ford Otosan, Jan Nahum

Banksy Funds a Boat to Rescue Refugees at Sea–and Soon It Finds Itself in Distress in the Mediterranean

"Like most people who make it in the art world, I bought a yacht to cruise the Med,” Banksy wrote on Instagram when introducing the Louise Michel, a vessel tasked with a somewhat different mission than an arriviste party boat: picking up refugees from countries like Libya and Turkey lost at sea. Anyone who's followed Banksy's art career knows he possesses a well-developed instinct for catching and keeping public attention, and it has hardly deserted him in this venture. Why sponsor a ref...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, College, Turkey, Current Affairs, Libya, Banksy, Seoul, Valencia, Mediterranean, Malta, North Africa

Hagia Sophia As Political Hostage

Skeptics see Erdoğan’s decree as a last-ditch call to his nationalist base for support as his political star wanes among Turkey’s youth. Even before his disastrous Covid-19 response threatened to destroy the Turkish economy (queasy about offending his religious supporters, Erdoğan failed, for example, to impose quarantines on pilgrims returning from Mecca), he was facing growing opposition over his crackdown on civil society and the judiciary and his disastrous handling of Turkey’s foreign affa...
Tags: Art, Turkey, Erdogan, Mecca, Issues, 07.13.20

The Hagia Sophia Is Now Formally Not A Museum, But A Mosque

Mere minutes after “a Turkish court announced that it had revoked Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum, which for the last 80 years had made it a monument of relative harmony and a symbol of the secularism that was part of the foundation of the modern Turkish state,” Turkey’s President Erdogan declared it a mosque again. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Turkey, Erdogan, Visual, Hagia Sophia, 07.10.20

"Completed in 537 AD, Hagia Sophia stood for nearly a millennium at the heart of the Christian world...."

"In 1453, Mehmed II conquered Constantinople, and although his troops plundered what they could carry, the building was saved and turned into a mosque. For 500 years it was the venerated center of the Muslim Ottoman Empire.... Minarets were added, and later the great Ottoman architect Sinan built massive buttresses to prevent the walls from buckling under the weight of the dome, which was damaged in earthquakes. With the fall of the Ottoman Empire... Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Law, Jerusalem, America, Turkey, Architecture, Islam, World Heritage, Sophia, John the Baptist, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Justinian, Hagia Sophia, Zoe, Al Aqsa Mosque

Turkey Might Really Turn Hagia Sophia Back Into A Mosque

The Byzantine emperor built it in the sixth century to be the flagship cathedral of Eastern (and perhaps all) Christianity. When the Ottoman sultan conquered Constantinople in 1453, he converted it into a landmark mosque. When Atatürk’s secular revolutionaries founded the modern Turkish republic, he made it a public museum honoring both faiths and their histories. But next week, a Turkish court will rule on whether President Erdoğan can make good on his longtime campaign promise to (as his just...
Tags: Art, Turkey, Erdogan, Issues, Visual, Constantinople, Ataturk, 07.01.20

It's a botch-up! Monkey Christ and the worst art repairs of all time

As another religious painting restoration goes horribly wrong, we take a look at some of the finest examples of butchered statues, art installations and frescoes In the latest instalment of the greatest genre of art news – and I write that as a lover of art – another restoration has gone awry. The word “awry” is being generous.This is the revelation that a private collector, based in Valencia, paid €1,200 (£1,070) for a restoration job on baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Immaculate C...
Tags: Art, Religion, Painting, Spain, World news, Turkey, Culture, Canada, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Portugal, Installation, Valencia, Damien Hirst, Mary

Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now

Get up close to the finest mosaics in Western Europe, 19th-century busts (an earlier form of self-promotion), the archaeology of Turkey, the Met’s conservation projects and stately European homes.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Social Media, Turkey, Museums, Netherlands, Western Europe, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Mark, Hakan, Broch, Instagram Now, Travel and Vacations, Restoration and Renovation, Archaeology and Anthropology

Discovery At World’s Oldest Temple Suggests Prehistoric Humans Understood Geometry

“[Archaeologists’] study of the three oldest stone enclosures at Göbekli Tepe” — a site in present-day Turkey whose monoliths are thought to be 11,500 years old — “has revealed a hidden geometric pattern, specifically an equilateral triangle, underlying the entire architectural plan of these structures. … Thus, thousands of years before the invention of writing or the wheel, the builders of Göbekli Tepe evidently had some understanding of geometric principles and could apply them to their const...
Tags: Art, Turkey, Visual, Göbekli Tepe, 04.28.20


In this time of social distancing and remaining responsibly indoors, we are all looking for ways to brighten our days and get moving any way we can In the spirit of celebrating theater and providing motivation to get up and get shakin', we're taking a look back and paying tribute to some of the greatest dance numbers in musical theater history Today's number, 'Turkey Lurkey Time' from Promises, Promises [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Turkey, BWW News Desk

Learn About Iran’s Rich Ancient Persian Culture

The direct legacy of the ancient Iranians can be found across the Middle East, the Caucasus and Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt and Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Middle East, Visual, Arabian Peninsula, Caucasus, 01.08.20, Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Afghanistan India

Paris Project Helps Refugee Artists Resume Their Practices

As reporter Jeffrey Brown visited the headquarters of the Agency of Artists in Exile, “an Ethiopian man belted out a traditional song with accompaniment from this phone. Across the hall, a Yemeni woman used her vast trail of official asylum-seeking papers, accumulated over two years of navigating France’s legal process, to create an art installation. … And a Kurdish actor who fled Turkey practiced a monologue about his first days in Paris.” (video) – PBS NewsHour
Tags: Art, France, Turkey, Paris, Issues, Jeffrey Brown, 01.06.20

5 Questions to Sahba Aminikia (Founder, Flying Carpet Festival)

“Sahba Aminikia is an Iranian-American composer, pianist, and educator born in post-revolutionary wartime in Iran. Aminikia first explored immersive, visceral music in a successful performance career before pivoting to artistic direction of Flying Carpet Festival, an international music festival serving refugee children in Turkey.” – I Care If You Listen
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Turkey, SJM, 12.11.19, Sahba Aminikia, Iran Aminikia

Sea turtle rescue center mimics the natural ecosystems in Turkey

Located on Iztuzu Beach in Southern Turkey, the Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles will raise awareness for the wildlife that calls the unique ecosystem home. In true environmentally conscious architectural form, the design was inspired by the natural curves and traces of the beach tides and the surrounding native pine trees and reeds, all of which help to form the ecosystem. KÂAT Architects won the honor of designing the wildlife center in a national competition organize...
Tags: Design, Georgia, Turkey, Architecture, Wildlife, Parks / Wildlife, Mediterranean Sea, Anatolia, Wildlife Center, Southern Turkey, Sustainable Architecture, İztuzu Beach

Matthew McConaughey unveils tiny eco-retreat in Australia

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is jumping on the tiny cabin movement, and it’s “alright, alright, alright” with us. The famous actor has teamed up with Australian travel company Unyoked and Wild Turkey to build The Reserve — a tiny, off-grid cabin that operates on solar power. We already know that McConaughey is a huge fan of the outdoors, and regularly disconnects from the hustle and bustle in places like his beloved, restored Airstream. His latest tiny cabin venture follows h...
Tags: Design, Matthew Mcconaughey, Australia, Turkey, Bob Dylan, Getty, Ralph Waldo Emerson, McConaughey, Wild Turkey, Central Coast of New South Wales The Reserve, Unyoked McConaughey, Longbranch, Foundation for National Parks Wildlife

A Protest Song-And-Dance About Violence Against Women, Launched In Chile, Is Spreading All Over The World

“This stirring performance, titled ‘Un violador en tu camino‘ (“A Rapist in Your Path), was first brought to life by the feminist art collective called Lastesis at a protest in the port city of Valparaíso, Chile, late last month, as a way of drawing attention to violence against women. Since then, this viral action has materialized in Colombia, Mexico, France, India, the U.S. and Turkey (where an attempt to stage it on Sunday was broken up by police).” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Turkey, World, Chile, Issues, Valparaiso Chile, 12.10.19, Colombia Mexico France India

6 helpful ways to give back to nature this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it is the best time to reflect on our planet and give thanks for nature and all of its glories. What better way to celebrate our world and its wildlife than by offering a helping hand? Here are some ways to give back to and celebrate Mother Earth this Thanksgiving. Save a turkey While Thanksgiving traditionally means turkey at the table, those who are vegetarian, vegan or simply interested in protecting turkeys can instead adopt or sponsor a turkey...
Tags: Design, London, Thanksgiving, Holidays, Turkey, Features, Citizen Scientist, United States, United Kingdom, Giving, Volunteer, Volunteering, Norway, Giving Back, Green Holidays, Holiday Giving

Tofurky Trots offer alternative Thanksgiving races for vegetarians

The average American consumes about 3,000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner, so it is no wonder that Turkey Trots have caught on around the nation. Thanksgiving has now eclipsed Independence Day as the most popular day to run a race, according to Runner’s World, drawing more than one million people to over 1,000 events nationwide. It’s a fun time for walkers and runners of all ages. But as everyone knows, Thanksgiving is not a fun day for turkeys — hence, Tofurky Trots. Sponsored by the maker of...
Tags: Design, California, Oregon, Los Angeles, Turkey, Portland, Portland Oregon, Pasadena, Tofurky, Leeds, Buffalo New York, Seth Tibbott, Hood River Oregon, Tofurky Trot, Oregon Northwest VEG, Jaclyn Leeds

This Woman Made A Cake That Looks Like A Real Raw Turkey, And It’s The Best Prank For Thanksgiving

Some call her the baker from hell, others – a diabolical genius, but one thing is for sure – Sarah Hardy has one hell of a talent. This British baker makes the most unique, goriest, craziest and weirdest cakes and chocolates you’ve ever seen. More: The Edible Museum, Instagram, Recipe h/t: boredpanda Do you want chocolate that looks like a human brain? View this post on Instagram CHOCOLATE BRAINS: Source
Tags: Cake, Design, Thanksgiving, Turkey, Sarah Hardy

Research raises animal welfare concerns over "humanely" raised turkeys

While many meat eaters don’t want to think about the actual slaughter of a turkey, they might comfort themselves with the thought that their Thanksgiving dinner was humanely raised. Think again. The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has just released a new report showing that poultry producers are deceiving customers by making unfounded animal welfare and environmental claims. The report used Freedom of Information Act requests to procure the USDA’s label approval files, then analyzed them for supp...
Tags: Design, News, Thanksgiving, Animals, Usda, Turkey, Organic, Agriculture, Eat & Drink, AWI, Animal Welfare Institute AWI, Erin Sutherland, Diestel Turkey Ranch Organic Turkey Products, Empire Kosher Natural Ground White Turkey, Animal Welfare Institute Image

As Netflix Expands Into More Countries, It Has To Deal With Those Countries’ Mores — And Censors

“[The company’s] 2018 annual report lists both ‘censorship’ and ‘the need to adapt our content and users interfaces for specific cultural and language differences’ as business risks. But as its subscriber growth in the United States stalls, the firm needs to keep growing significantly overseas in order to keep investors happy and stave off the competition from services like Apple TV Plus and HBO Max.” Reporter Alex Marshall looks at how these issues are playing out so far in India and Turkey. –...
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, India, Turkey, United States, Alex Marshall, Apple TV Plus, 10.31.19

Hito Steyerl Calls for German State-Funded Institutions to Stop Showing Her Work

Artist Hito Steyerl has lodged a protest against the German government’s support and sale of arms to Turkey, calling for all institutions receiving state funds to no longer show her work. “I am sick of my work being deployed to detract attention from the German state’s tacit agreement with displacement, ethnic cleansing, and warfare, and to […]
Tags: Art, News, Turkey, Art News, Minipost, Hito Steyerl

Home appliance giant Bosch needs a Senior Industrial Designer!

BSH Home Appliances Corporation is operating in the United States under the brands Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau. BSH Home Appliances Corporation is highly regarded as a market leader for innovation in home appliances. As an international group with over 12.2 Billion in annual sales, they continually strive to engage their dedicated customers around the world through intelligent engineering, streamlined design and distinct ease of use. BSH believes that “Tomorrow is our home.” Find out how easi...
Tags: Kitchen, Europe, Design, Germany, Berlin, US, Turkey, United States, Microsoft Office, Job Board, Bosch, Product Design, Knoxville, Irvine CA, Domestic International, Gaggenau

Inspired By the East: fertile fascination – or racist pastiche and plunder?

The British Museum show is a bold attempt to look at orientalist art as a cultural exchange that influenced paintings, ceramics, travel books and fashion. Our writer gauges its successThe British Museum’s new exhibition, Inspired By the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art, attempts to present orientalist art as not only one where western artists traded in cliche, but also to show how portrayals of the east in the west were more than just racist pastiches. It attempts to present or...
Tags: Art, Religion, Painting, World news, Turkey, Culture, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Heritage, Islam, Exhibitions, Ceramics, British Museum, Edward Said

Kengo Kuma weaves bamboo and carbon fiber into a nest-like structure at the V&A Museum

At the 2019 London Design Festival, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has crafted a new eye-catching outdoor installation in the John Madejski Garden at the V&A Museum — just one year after his completion of the V&A Dundee museum in Scotland. Dubbed Bamboo (竹) Ring, or ‘Take-wa 竹わ’, the temporary doughnut-shaped structure is woven from rings of bamboo and carbon fiber. The sculpture was developed in partnership with Chinese consumer electronics brand OPPO. Best known for his design of the New Natio...
Tags: Design, London, Scotland, Turkey, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Dundee, Tokyo, Art Installation, Carousel Showcase, Kengo Kuma, University Of Tokyo, Kuma, Baker Street, London Design Week

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