Mickiewicz Göçer Üniversitesi // Migrating University of Mickiewicz

30/10/2014

Bir göçmenlik laboratuvarı

Tarlabaşı, hiçbir zaman kök salmanın mekanı olmadı. Çoğu kez kentsel dönüşümün en hoyrat yüzüyle karşılaşan ve şimdilerde, yeni sakinleri için yeni bir makyaja tabi tutulmadan önce neredeyse bir hayalet şehrin parçası gibi görünen bu semtin en özel konuklarından biri de, Polonyalı romantik ozan ve gizemci Adam Mickiewicz’di. Aynı zamanda radikal bir sosyo-politik aktivist olan Mickiewicz, 19. yüzyılda bir ‘zorunlu göçmen’ olarak Tarlabaşı’na yerleşti ve yaşamını burada noktaladı. Gerçi sekreteri şöyle demişti onun için: “Eylemini ölümden sonra bile sürdürecek.”

Mickiewicz Göçer Üniversitesi, bu kehaneti gerçekleştirerek, Mickiewicz’in öyküsünü yeniden harekete geçiriyor. İstanbul’da, şairin öldüğü yerde kurulmuş müzesindeki biyografik-tarihsel daimi sergiyi disiplinler arası bir laboratuvara dönüştürüyoruz. Serdar Ömerpaşa Caddesi ile Tatlı Badem Sokak’ın kesişim yerindeki “Sarı Ev”, Polonyalı ozanın yazgısının güncelliğini ve evrenselliğini test ettiğimiz konferansların ve sanatsal müdahalelerin yapılacağı bir yere dönüşüyor. Böylece müze ziyaretçilerine her gün anlatılan olgusal öyküyü, sanatın öznel, eklektik sesiyle tamamlıyor, ona eklemeler yapıyoruz.

Polonya-Türkiye diplomatik ilişkilerinin 600. yılı kutlama etkinlikleri çerçevesinde düzenlenen Mickiewicz Göçmenlik Üniversitesi projesi, 18 Ekim’de Tarlabaşı’nda bulunan Adam Mickiewicz Müzesi’nde başlıyor. Polonyalı ve Türkiyeli sanatçıların ve tarihçilerin sunumlarının gerçekleştirileceği program, Tarlabaşı’ndaki sosyal dönüşümle birlikte Konstantinapolis döneminden bu yana bölgedeki Polonyalıların varlıklarına da ışık tutmayı amaçlıyor.

Mickiewicz Göçer Üniversitesi projesi, 18 Ekim Cumartesi günü saat 13:00’de projenin küratörü Max Cegielski’nin sunumu ile başlayacak. Program, 18 ve 19 Ekim’de konuşmalar ve performatif sunumlarla devam edecek. 25 Ekim saat 19:00’da ise yine Adam Mickiewicz Müzesi’nde “Sanatsal Müdahaleler” adlı final sergisi* ziyarete açılacak. Sergi’de çalışmaları olan sanatçılar: Slavs and Tatars, Ania Kuczyńska, Janek Simon, Özgür Demirci, Vahit Tuna, Wojtek Doroszuk, Tomasz Szerszeń, Mikołaj Długosz, Tunca Subaşı.

*Sergi, 16 Kasım 2014 tarihine kadar görülebilir. Ziyaret saatleri, pazartesi hariç hergün, 09:00 – 16:30.

Proje, Adam Mickiewicz Enstitüsü’ne bağlı Culture.pl tarafından düzenleniyor.

Tüm program için:

http://turkiye.culture.pl/tr/event/mickiewicz-gocer-universitesi-istanbulda-aciliyor

Adam Mickiewicz Müzesi
Adres: Serdar Ömerpaşa Caddesi
Tatlı Badem Sokak No: 23
Bostan Mahallesi
Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Adam Mickiewicz Cullinary Performance

Cullinary Perfomance during the opening night of the Artistic Interventions at the Adam Mickiewicz Museum in Istanbul in 2014

The inauguration of the Migrating University of Mickiewicz project will take place on 18 October, 2014, at the Museum of Adam Mickiewicz in Istanbul’s Tarlabaşı district. Numerous presentations by Polish and Turkish artists and historians aim to shed light on current social transformations in the area, as well as the Polish presence in the history of old Constantinople.

The Migrating University of Mickiewicz will open on 18 October 2014 with curator Max Cegielski’s introduction to the programme, starting at 13:00. Lectures and performances will continue throughout the weekend of 18 and 19 October, and the opening of the final exhibition at the Adam Mickiewicz Museum in Istanbul will take place on 25 October, at 19:00. The exhibition will remain on view until 16 November 2014. See below for a detailed programme.

The project consists of a series of interdisciplinary lectures and presentations, which on the one hand relate to the presence of Poles in Istanbul and on the other to the history and spatial conditions of the Tarlabaşı district. The presentations will be held in Turkish and English.

See an interactive map of Mickiewicz’s travels.

The Tarlabaşı district in the heart of Istanbul has been undergoing constant devastation for several years – historical houses are edemolished, the steep streets distinctive of this part of the city are vanishing one by one, and people who have lived here for decades are being thrown onto the street. Just like other neighbourhoods – Sulukule or Fikirtepe – Tarlabaşı is falling victim to hectic, top-down gentrification. The profound socio-economical changes are affecting the vicinity of the Adam Mickiewicz Museum in Istanbul.

A portrait of Adam Mickiewicz by S.Chejmann; image courtesy of Marek Skorupski / FORUM.

With the aim of organizing the extensive émigré community in Istanbul, the legendary Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz arrived in the city in September 1855, where he later passed away unexpectedly, probably from cholera. To this day, Mickiewicz’s work has a permanent impact on Polish culture, influencing collective consciousness, literature and art, as well as serving as a basis for shaping feelings of patriotism.

His works have been translated into more than twenty languages, either fully or in part, and in many cases multiple times. In current discussions about the shape of a united Europe, Mickiewicz is cited as a pioneer of the vision of a federation of free nations and citizens.

Curator Cegielski notes: Unlike other Romantics, Mickiewicz did not come to the Bosphorus to relish the exotic tastes of the Orient. He had little time to be the tourist, visiting harems or dervish fraternities. He was focused on his political mission: to provide assistance to troops created under Polish command in the army of the Ottoman Empire… The poet arrived in the “City of Cities” by sea, driven by a profound belief that the road to independence may indeed lead across the Orient.

The exhibition and the accompanying lectures at the Migrating University of Mickiewicz project bring together motifs that are little known to Poles and Turks alike. The poet’s final artistic and scientific journey takes Turkish audiences back in time to Constantinople’s multicultural past, and to the emerging social issues of contemporary Istanbul, and Tarlabaşı district in particular.

Cegielseki ends: If it is indeed the “City of Cities” which stands upon the Bosphorus, its heart lies within the Mickiewicz Museum.

Programme

Among the participating artists of the Migrating University of Mickiewicz project, Slavs and Tatars will meet Turkish audiences at two preliminary performances on October 10th in Istanbul and October 11th in Ankara. Click here for more details.

18 October 2014 (Saturday)
13:00 – Max Cegielski, curator
Inauguration of the Migrating Mickiewicz University
Introduction to the Project (ENG)
13:15 – Vahit Tuna, visual artist
Omar Khayyam – film screening and a conversation with the author (ENG)
14:00 – Paulina Dominik, historian
On the Polish times of the Pera: Polish Political Émigrés in 19th-Century Istanbul – lecture (TR)
15:00 – Özgür Demirci, artist
A Screen Divided – film screening (TR)
15:30 – Bogna Świątkowska, Fundacja Bęc Zmiana
Art Projects in Challenging Urban Spaces as Illustrated by the Case of Poland and Warsaw – lecture (ENG)
16:30 – Ali Öz, photographer
The City of Shame – Photographs of Tarlabaşı – slide show (TR)
17:00 – Wojtek Doroszuk
The Pharmacist – film screening and a conversation with the author (ENG)
18:00 – Display of other artworks exhibited at the Mickiewicz Museum from 25 October 2014 (Slavs and Tatars, Ania Kuczyńska, Tomasz Szerszeń) (ENG)

19 October 2014 (Sunday)
13:00 – Tunca Subaşı, artist
On Mickiewicz last supper..
14:30 – Janek Simon, artist
Adam Janek Mickiewicz Simon – project display and description and a conversation with the author (ENG)
15:15 – Agnieszka Ayşen Kaim, Turkologist, actress
Adam Mickiewicz, or the Story of a Turkicised Bard – lecture (TR)
16:15 – Mikołaj Długosz
Tarlabaşı – Adam – neon light display project and description and a conversation with the author (ENG)
17:00 – Art Project Realisation in “Difficult” Urban Districts – discussion
Participants: Mikołaj Długosz, Bogna Świątkowska, Urszula Woźniak (Depo)
Moderator: Max Cegielski (ENG)
25 October 2014 (Saturday)
19:00 – Opening Night, Artistic Interventions at the Adam Mickiewicz Museum
Artists: Slavs and Tatars, Ania Kuczyńska, Janek Simon, Özgür Demirci, Vahit Tuna
Wojtek Doroszuk, Tomasz Szerszeń, Mikołaj Długosz, Tunca Subaşı.

*Exhibition will remain open to the public until 16 November 2014.

To learn more about Adam Mickiewicz, check out these articles:
Mickiewicz Unraveled: The Little-Known Fact about Poland’s Best-Known Bard
Renovating Adam Mickiewicz: Roman Koropeckyj Reveals the Poet’s True Life

The Migrating University of Mickiewicz project is organized as part of the cultural programme marking the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations.

http://turkiye.culture.pl/en/event/migrating-university-of-mickiewicz-opens-in-istanbul

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