Goethe-Institut Cyprus cordially invites you to the Opening of the exhibition:
“Speaking to one another” on Friday, 11th May 2012 at 7.00 p.m. in the Goethe-Institut Cyprus (in the buffer Zone next to Ledra Palace Hotel)
A travelling exhibition initiated by DVV International (Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association) in different countries (Turkey, Armenia, Georgia and now Cyprus, later in Berlin and Paris), organized with local partner organizations, dealing with the topic “Dialogue between enemy countries by sharing bitter memories about each other and chances for reconciliation” taking the relations between Turkey and Armenia as an example. Opening: With remarks by a representative from the Embassy of Germany and the project partners.
„Speaking to one another“ will be shown from 12th May until 3rd June 2012 Hall of the Goethe-Institut Cyprus / Nicosia Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday, 3.6. (last day) from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Admission: free
Speaking to One Another: Personal Memories of the Past in Armenia and Turkey
International Travelling Exhibition Opens 11 May in Nicosia, Cyprus
Speaking to One Another, the exhibition of an innovative project aiming to examine personal memories within the historical landscape of Turkey and Armenia opens for the first time in Cyprus on Friday 11 May at 19.00 at the Goethe Institute. The project is an achievement of civil society actors from Turkey, Armenia and Germany: Anadolu Kültür in Turkey, the Centre for Ethnological Studies “Hazarashen”, the Armenian Actors Union in Armenia, and dvv international, a public education organization in Germany.
Featuring personal memories that emerged from oral history research conducted in Armenia and Turkey, the exhibition presents an interesting model of how intertwined yet contested pasts can be shared and discussed through a process of dialogue. As is the case in Cyprus, societies with traumatic pasts continue to struggle with conflicting historical narratives, memories and interpretations of the past. Diverse forms of historical research, inquiry and dialogue, such as that featured in this exhibition, provide much-needed platforms to raise questions about how to approach and revisit the relationship between the past, present and future.
“Speaking to One Another“
Personal Memories of the Past in Armenia and Turkey
Travelling Exhibition (Tbilisi, Batumi, Nicosia, Berlin, Paris)
Opening reception, 11 May 2012, 19:00
Exhibition visiting hours: Monday through Saturday 12 May – 2 June, 10:00 – 19:00; 10:00 – 19:00 on
Sunday 3 June. Goethe-Institut Cyprus, 21 Markou Drakou Road, UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia.
For more information visit www.speakingtooneanother.org.
Saturday 12 May 2012, 10.30 – 12.30 "Speaking to One Another" project presentation and discussion.
Home for Cooperation, UN Buffer Zone (across Ledra Palace Hotel), Nicosia. Project partners will be
discussing the project and the student documentary ‘Two Fat Ballet Dancers’ will be shown.
Saturday 12 May 2012, 16.00 Guided tour of Arabahmet neighbourhood with POST RI
Meeting point is at the Home for Cooperation (Duration 90 Min). Advance registration is required at
28 May – 19 June 2012 Local History Workshops “Learning with One Another” with AHDR
The Workshops will give participants a setting in which to further discuss and debate issues raised in the exhibition, and to enhance their historical research skills while also carrying out fieldwork in Nicosia with the support of academic advisors, Susan Paul Pattie (Armenian Institute London, Great Britain) and Yael Navaro-Yashin (Cambridge, Great Britain). To register, please visit www.ahdr.info.
Speaking to One Another aims to build bridges between Turkey’s and Armenia’s populations through adult education, intercultural exchange and oral history research, as a way of addressing a century of conflict and lack of dialogue. The exhibition is part of a larger project that brought together university students from Turkey and Armenia in a series of history workshops held in both countries in 2009 and 2010. The oral history research was directed by Prof. Hranush Kharatyan-Araqelyan from the Yerevan State Linguistic University named after V. Brusov and Prof. Leyla Neyzi from Sabancı University in Istanbul. They trained young people in the methodology of oral history who also developed their own student-led projects. The project resulted in a publication titled “Speaking to one Another: Personal Memories of the Past in Armenia and Turkey” (available for download at www.speakingtooneanother.org), two student-made documentaries, and an exhibition that was opened concurrently in Turkey and Armenia and then travelled to Georgia.
Following Nicosia, the exhibition will travel to Berlin and Paris. The project hopes to contribute to increasing communication, empathy and understanding and to facilitate future steps towards reconciliation. The project is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Contact persons: Kyriakos Pachoulides / Alev Tuğberk
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +357 22 445740/+90 542 850 6681
Address: Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, Home for Cooperation, UN Buffer Zone,
Obere Wilhelmstraße 32
53225 Bonn, Germany