breakfast time the cats, beautiful cats,
came along the window sill of the hotel restaurant to where we sat
looking at us longingly and expecting some tribute for their beauty in form of
salami and cheese. They were melting into the background of snow falling onto
the streets of Ankara. Silently, covering people and streets alike.
had come to Ankara on January 05, 2017 for the yearly exhibition of SAKÜDER Cultural
Centre in Ankara/Cankaya, i.e. I had accompanied the two artists Ismet Tatar
and Inci Kansu who were participating in the big yearly art show with about 120
artists from all over Turkey and my two friends from North Cyprus. They had
brought their art work with them on the plane which we took directly to the art
centre to arrange them at the space reserved for the next day’s opening.
had to pass through thorough body and hand bag checking by security people as
it was in this very building that the Russian Ambassador was shot. Whoa….I had
not known that before but I trusted our guardian angels as – and as I found out
later – all our art friends did, also all the art lovers who came on the
evening of the opening and they came by the hundreds.
was interesting to meet the team around Ali Eser, the President of the
Association who worked just as hard as all the others to help the artists to
arrange their art work. On three floors over three hundred art works were
displayed, all kind of contemporary art, from conventional to modern by professional and also self-taught members.
my two friends were helped by the kind team members I took my time to discover
the works on all floors, enjoying it extremely. What a fantastic venue of art.
following day, as it seems to be the custom, the association and guest artists
were led to the Atatürk Mausoleum to lay a wreath in the association’s name
which was done by the guards, a very touching
ceremony, and the association’s president entered the name into the big book
laid out in the museum, a gesture of respect for the great Turkish leader
Atatürk. The sun had come out by then and lit the skyline around the mausoleum
and its park. What a place for a man to be remembered by the people.
opening event was a great event, seven Turkish art personalities were honoured
with an award and finally our Turkish Cypriot artist Ismet Tatar was called to
receive her award. With some words of gratitude she mentioned the importance of
art in her life, the love she gains through her work and which she passes on to
society, Art inspires love and peace she said. Inci Kansu had received the same
award one year before in 2016. Both friends had the appreciation of many guests
for their outstanding paper art the love of which has led them to found the new
paper art association in North Cyprus just one year ago – I reported on its
first anniversary and exhibition in November 2016 in Nicosia.
annual event was celebrated with a gala dinner and the association’s president
Ali Eser showed his many talents getting his members out onto the dance floor,
even us Cypriot birds. The exhibition ends on January 17 and will then be taken
to Istanbul together with a comprehensive catalogue of which I am happy to have
a copy. Saküder’s website is the following: www.sakuder.org.tr
remaining days the three of us spent walking the snowy streets, eating simits
and hot chestnuts at the many open stands in the middle of the roads, and visiting
the exciting CER.Modern Art Place with two exhibitions, led by the Half-Cypriot
Zihni Tümer and it was a mere pleasure to learn about the activities taking
place there, what an experience; here is their website www.cermodern.org
had the very special pleasure to be invited together with my friends to the
houses of Ankara art friends which gave me the opportunity to learn more about
their rich intellectual involvement in art, culture and history.
precious days and when we drove to the airport through the governmental area,
along the parliament where armed police were lining up to be prepared for the
announced demonstrations I thought with sorrow of what will happen to the world
we are living in right now.