As part of the International Migrants Day on December 18, Istanbul Bilgi University brought together works produced by 12 artists from 50 different countries in different disciplines with art lovers in the exhibition “Other Stories”, in order to draw attention to the concepts of migration and refugees. .
The “Other Stories” exhibition, organized by Istanbul Bilgi University in the framework of International Migrants Day on December 18, to draw attention to the concepts of migration and refugees, was inaugurated yesterday with a special ceremony at the santralistanbul campus energy museum. Evoking the national and cross-border dimensions of immigration and immigration, the exhibition presents works produced by 12 internationally renowned artists from 50 countries in different disciplines.
Organized by Denizhan Özer, the exhibition organized by BİLGİ Migration Studies Application and Research Center, Koridoor Contemporary Art Programs, ArtHereIstanbul, Art With You Association, Migration Research Association, Support to Life Association, Asylum and Migration Research Center, Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants and BİLGİ Europe Organized in collaboration with the Union Institute. The exhibition was produced as part of the “Creative Network: Basic Research and Development (BREDEP)” project, coordinated by the University of Derby in England and in which Istanbul Bilgi University is a stakeholder.
“Art can build a bridge between us and the other”
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the Acting Rector of Istanbul Bilgi University, Prof. Dr. MN Alpaslan Parlakçı, said that as a university, they embrace the values universal, human rights and pluralism as the most fundamental values, and stated that they aim to strengthen and disadvantaged groups and raise awareness of social issues in the projects they implement. teacher. Dr. “Today, 281 million people, approximately one in 25, have left their homelands in the hope of living a better life due to world wars, political turmoil, environmental disasters and poverty. . We know that migration will increase in the future, especially with the climate crisis. I believe that all the efforts made to overcome the problems related to the migratory phenomenon, which is an important part of our daily and social life with its social, political and economic reflections, and to create a ground for dialogue against the environment of marginalization and polarization which immigrants are very valuable. I believe that art, which has the power to create a common language between peoples, nations and cultures, can build a bridge between us against all prejudices and marginalization.
‘The story of others, our story’
The Director of BİLGİ Migration Studies Research and Application Center, Prof. Pınar Uyan Semerci, pointed out that anti-immigration has become a dominant language in the world and said: “We are working in the field. migration for a very long time. A lot of the things that we try to convey as social scientists do not hit enough on their mark. We want to believe in the power of art. We want to believe that art can cross borders better than we can. We hope that this exhibition will allow us to rethink together the migratory phenomenon and to question our responsibilities in the face of death at sea or at the borders. The story of others is actually our story, the story of all of us.
‘The exhibition presents the memory of migration, records its memories’
Bilgi’s international relations department, which is the coordinator of the BREDEP project and the exhibition organizer, Dr. Instructor Gülay Uğur Göksel, its member, said that the identity of immigrants is positioned like the other in the current political agenda in the world and said: “This exhibition introduces us to the memory of migration and records the memories that show the depth and richness of immigrants. It shows the colors of human mobility, that is, of migration. It compares immigrants with the public who have gone through similar struggles and helps us to feel less alone, i.e. more optimistic. While bringing us hope, this exhibit reveals the pain and experiences of displacement and abandonment, and helps us understand a little more the suffering and injustices suffered by humanity.
Curator Denizhan Özer said: “We have brought together artists working in different disciplines from Asia, Europe and America in the exhibition. In addition to visualization, the exhibition includes works that appeal to different senses such as smell and interactive works. With this feature, the exhibition gains a structure that opens up a space of exploration for the public.
The exhibition will be open to visitors with various events at the Energy Museum at Istanbul Bilgi University’s santralistanbul campus between December 16, 2021 and February 7, 2022.
Artists whose works are included in the exhibition: Abel Korinsky, Adnan Jetto, Adviye Bal, Ahmet Umur Deniz, Ali Omar, Ali Raşit Karakılıç, Bahadır İşler, Baran Kamiloğlu, Berkan Baycan, Can Memişoğulları, Carole Turner, Corrine Silva, Deniz Pireci, Dilek Toluyağ, Elena Bellantoni, Ercan Ayçiçek, Fehim Güler, Fevzi Karakoç, Gizem Enuysal, Heather Brown, Hiba Aizouq, Iliko Zautashvili, Işıl Gönen, Jack Beattie, Jacque Crenn, Lale Duruiz, Womuthuth Celyn, Lale Duruiz, Me Martin Levent Pizouq, Iliko Zautashvili, Mor, Mustafa Albayrak, Ömer Serkan Bakır, Özge Günaydın, Özkan Gencer, Paul Dunker Duyvis, Resul Aytemur, Rifaae Ahmad, Saghar Daeiri, Sema Özevin, Serina Tara, Stephan Twist, Tahir Ün, Tuzı Yıldıldıldiğlu, Kalızıldıldıldiğlu, Kalılıldıldıldiğlu, Kalılıldı Yıldıku, , Zahit Büyükişenler and Zeynep Yazıcı.