has been Mustafa Hastürk’s driving force in all things; his voice and gestures
are measured and he observes from all sides before acting. This is what I
concluded and what he told me himself when I visited him in his studio. But
fairness and justice is another morale value he has adapted as his own rule of
life and he can and did fight for these values which he proved when he joined
the Teachers’ Union and became member of the executive board. For some years he
was appointed Director of the Cultural Department of the Ministry of Education
and Culture during which he initiated and changed many things for the
better. During that time he had to put
his own interests aside, that was pursuing and researching ideas of his own.
When his governmental duty came to an end, he went back to university to work
for his Master degree and at the same time teach at the Fine Arts Faculty. His
Master thesis was to find out in what way music influences art and the artist.
On the basis of research results throughout the history of art he established
an image to the project in question and also undertook studies on himself by
producing several paintings under the influence of classical music.
he is working for his doctorate, he has chosen as concept for his thesis “Sanat
iyileştirir" which means that Art heals. Healing in many ways.
about it at some length. Art is known as a psychiatric measure to help disabled
and disorientated people; we have seen surprising exhibitions worldwide. It is
a recognized means for children to learn cooperative behaviour, we have more
and more art therapists employed in schools and see them opening their own
therapy centres. Art is the best way to overcome loneliness and problems in
life; it is the best intermediary between people of different social background
promoting the sense of creativity in people and the awareness to recognize
problems of environment; many artists and art teachers use this phenomenon to
create and to have created art from waste to perhaps one day make concerned industrial
sectors think twice before they throw non-biodegradable products on to the
By art is
not meant painting or sculpting as such, it is about catching fire, awakening
the spirit, this involves all creative people such as musicians, dancers, writers,
craftsmen, giving one’s best ability to create something of value, of beauty,
to hand it on and set an example.
Hastürk has researched this effect of art and produced a series of art works
including a video to support his thesis. He has for the first time shown part
of it at an exhibition at the Atatürk Cultural Centre organised by the Teachers
Union. There he explained the process to me: He went through Nicosia and the
countryside and took photographs of houses and objects in decay; he copied that
on film; he then put layers of film with other scenes on top of each other and
created thus an effect of change.
It is not
only to embellish things it is to become aware of things of value which are
covered by the dust layers of time and have for a long time been neglected.
process represents the essence of life, the recognition of times past, it gives
us hope to continue and to make things better.