Censorship in Turkey
6 Min., arte - metropolis, 16.7.2012
Erdogan, who dabbled in amateur dramatics as a student, has a reputation for wearing his heart on his sleeve. But his tirades against "arrogant, alcoholic actors" and an arts establishment he claims holds ordinary people in contempt have shocked Turkey.
Theatres cannot take government subsidies and then criticise the hand that feeds them, he said. "They have started to humiliate and look down on us and all conservatives."
Actors took to the streets in protest after civil servants were handed artistic control of Istanbul theatres overnight last month in a separate row over an "obscene" play.
"If support is needed, then we the government can support the plays we want," Erdogan said. "I am privatising the theatre. No theatres are being run by the state in almost any developed country. Here there is freedom. When we privatise the theatres you can play whatever you want. Sorry, but you cannot get your salary from the municipality and then criticise the management. There is no such absurdity."
The Mardin Biennial is a unique opportunity to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds in the heart of a historically rich region. Deriving from the richness of the city in terms of its architectural, historical, and cultural layering, the Mardin Biennial creates a new path by interweaving art and urban texture, and by presenting uncommon dialogues and coincidences. The show explores the familiar and the unfamiliar with the aim of inspiring a double take in the viewer: a recurring afterthought as to what is art and what is an everyday object, and how a thin line divides or connects them. Confronting the past, present, and future, and blending today's visual culture into the texture of this multicultural city in Turkey, the aim is to graft contemporary art into the narratives and spirit of this region.
The movie Zenne Dancer by M.Caner Alper and Mehmet Binay is about discrimination and violence against homosexuals in Turkey. The movie Zenne with Ünal Silver tells the true story of a father who had murdered his son because of his homosexuality in 2008 in Istanbul. The program is about discrimination, violence and homophobia in modern Turkey.
Directed and Edited by Thomas Büsch and Sabine Küper-Büsch
Cinematography: Thomas Büsch, Sabine Küper-Büsch
Featuring: Dennis Gun, Jürgen Schilling
The Istanbul born artist Dennis Gün lives in Berlin. He recently works with the media photography. The 2 filmmaker discover with the artist his world of imagination and inspiration. The art historian Jürgen Schilling explains us the historian context of Güns art works. Right now he works on three exhibitions which will take palce 2011 in Paris, Istanbul and Berlin.