Interact with our Turkish Pop-Up Park & view stunning photography from renowned Turkish photographers right by the White House & the Cochran Gallery of Art – at the American Institute of Architects (which once served as the White House)!
The Turkish Policy Center will exhibit a collection of photos of Turkey’s changing urban landscape. You are invited to pin you Public Comments on Turkey and Washington DC’s changing urban centers on an ”Anatolian Wishing Tree” (dilek ağaçi).
At the conclusion of the exhibition (1/31/14) one ”Anatolian Wishing Tree” will be presented to the Turkish Embassy and the other ”Anatolian Wishing Tree” will be presented to the City of Washington, DC (whose Sister City is Ankara, Turkey)!
We will have a Bicycle-Powered Blender on display, which was used to make the traditional yogurt smoothie, Ayran, at the Turkish Festival and at International PARK(ing) Day!
A bicycle tour with the DC Office of Planning Director will proceed the Grand Opening of the exhibition on 11/23/13, starting at 10am – learn about how Washington, DC (Ankara, Turkey’s ”Sister City”) is improving transportation for bicycle commuters. The tour ends at 12pm at our interactive exhibit!
RSVP required for tour: http://aiadc.com/calendar/event/bikers-perspective-urban-form
This traveling Turkish Park is inspired by the charismatic movement to save Istanbul, Turkey’s last central park,Gezi Park, and to beautify its towering staircases with cascading murals. Six young people, all in their early twenties, have been killed from police brutality and many people have been blinded from the rubber bullets and gases used on the peaceful sit-in of Gezi Park. Armenians walked beside Turks, Jews beside Christians, Anarchists beside Nationalists and even the rival football teams gathered together to save this symbolic public space. In suits and ties, Turks marched from Asia to Europe to sit-in Gezi Park and mothers formed a human chain around their children at the sit-in. At nine o’clock nightly, Istanbul’s skyscrapers would flicker from alternating lights turned on and off by the elderly and families who stayed indoors during the marches. New songsand Turkish tangos were created inspired by the events, translated into English here. Insightful documentarieshave made highlighting the unity the movement to save Gezi Park has brought the crossroads between East and West: Turkey.
The Turkish Policy Center brings this “Pop-Up Turkish Park’’ to festivals and galleries to promote a more inclusive, secular and democratic Turkey.
To make a monetary or in-kind donation for the exhibitions, please visit:www.turkishpolicycenter.org/support or contact the organizer, Aysha Ruya Cohen via: www.linkedin.com/in/AyshaRuyaCohen or firstname.lastname@example.org.