15-29 April at the Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre in Famagusta
and from 06-20 May at EMAA (European Mediterranean Art Association) the works
of the first Turkish Cypriot sculptor Şinasi Tekman could be seen. A collection
of wooden sculptures and of documents were on display, a collection donated by
the family to the Centre of Cyprus Studies. To complete the understanding of
this man’s life work, Zehra Şonya, herself a sculptor, has for many years
researched the life of Şinasi Tekman who is also known for his poetry and articled
he wrote for the local press. I had met
Zehra in 2006 and heard from her that she was working on this subject, a
subject she had put her heart in.
Tekman was born in Yiğitler village/Cyprus in
1933. He had his secondary education at LTL
– which I think means Lefkoşa Turkish Lycee – and from 1950-1952 studied at the
Güzelyurt Teachers Training College. In 1956 he went to England and studied at
the King Alfred’s College until 1958. During the years 1980-1990 he was
headmaster of the Türk Maarif College. There is a table of his vita I
photographed at the exhibition.
the last years of his life he had a small workshop and exhibition room on the
first floor of Büyük Han, next to Kadir Kaba’s photo gallery and Mehmet Ertug’s
Puppet Theatre. I admired his work for
its witticism and humour, for the artist’s sharp eye. He discovered and
uncovered the living contents in a piece of wood, a root and I wonder how often
he roamed the mountains and olive groves, the beaches of his island to find his
material. I believe, he was a great inspiration for young artists who came to
his studio as Feridun Işıman was telling me.
short stories and poetry were published in Çardak and Cevre magazines and his
book publications he is known for, are: Haydan Gelen Huya Gider (Play 1952);
Nasreddin Hoca Poems (1954); Atatürk Çocuklarina Poems (1955) and Yeşilada
ağaç, Orman poems (1957).
have seen the exhibition in Nicosia at EMAA’s and was very impressed. I have
great respect for the well done work of setting up the exhibition, Zehra Sonya
as curator did a great job. The
exhibitions at EMAA’s are always well done, you can see the experience and
knowledge behind it.
exhibition in Nicosia is still on until May 20, during the week 10:00 – 13:00
hrs and 16:00 – 18:00 hrs. The EMAA building is behind the Nicosia Deniz Plaza.