do we know of Hakan Çakmak, what do I know of the person who has been crossing
my road so many times. Whenever I went to a cultural event, be it a concert in
Bellapais or the Bedesten, or be it at an opening to an art event, he was there
already with his TV camera set up. We then shortly talked, as colleagues sort
of, exchanged news and went our way, knowing that we did our job to inform the
people of Cyprus about art and culture on the island. He knew what I did,
hasn’t he come to talk to me on the occasion of my first exhibition in 2005 in
Bellapais and asked me questions about our life on board of our sailing boat,
and he said he would love to do it himself. He recorded all my exhibitions and
launches of my books, and he came to our house in Yeşiltepe where the Thursday
Art Group met for ten years.
last spoke to him on April 15, 2017, when he came to the opening of my last exhibition
at the R.Denktaş Congress and Cultural Centre in Famagusta and there we stood,
two good friends in front of and behind the camera…. And I saw the shadows
under his eyes and when we said goodbye and hugged I told him that he does not
look too well and he answered: I work too much, I need a rest. What did I know
of his private life?
work at BRT was all around the arts for many years and for some time now he had
begun his art show on BRT I on weekends which was much visited. He was the only
one who had regularly established a sort of visual archive of cultural and art
had started to do individual TV interviews with artists and he spent a day in
their studios concentrating on their work, their personal philosophy and we
found him a very sensitive person interested in the various roads of art, he always
listened with great interest and turned the recorded material into a beautiful
film. He once told me that he loves to be where the pulse of the arts is
beating, he does not want to be in any other position.
he was very much alive in what he did. With his work he not only set a monument
for himself but for the arts and culture in Cyprus. Thank you, Hakan, your
friendly smile will always be with us.
August 21, 2017, the ArtRooms in Kyrenia opened an exhibition in memory of
Hakan Çakmak AD PERPETUAM MEMORIAM, an exhibition that came together with works
of all those artists who have been working together with Hakan and who felt
that they want to pay their respect. The opening speeches by Oya Silbery, Yaşar
Ersoy, Ümit Inatçı and family members were very touching and reached us and Hakan’s
family with great warmth. The exhibition is open until 06 September 2017 always
according to the opening hours of the restaurant above, i.e. around midday
until late at night.