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BAK: Revealing the City through Memory 2017 Has Completed its First Stage

BAK Trainings were held in Antep, Bursa, Diyarbakır and İzmir!


BAK Trainings, the preliminary stage of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory 2017 were held
in the cities of Antep, Bursa, Diyarbakır and İzmir from January to March 2017 with the participation of the young people from these cities. Young people, throughout a three day program, participated in various sessions that open up social issues to discussion through different art disciplines.


BAK Trainings were held twice in İzmir and Diyarbakır, once in Bursa and Antep, reaching approximately 200 young people. Focusing on “city-space” and “identity-belonging” as the main conceptual axes, the different forms and methods of addressing city were examined via photography, documentary film, contemporary art, media and visual story – telling as well as social science disciplines. Various visual references focused on everyday life, public space, urban and social issues were screened and discussed throughout the program.


The social sciences sessions of the BAK Trainings were designed and held by Seda Yüksel and Bengi Akbulut, the visual story-telling sessions by Sevgi Ortaç, the photography sessions by Ali Taptık, Metehan Özcan and Serkan Taycan, the documentary film sessions by Doğa Kılcıoğlu and Gülengül Altintas, the contemporary art sessions by Erden Kosova and Ezgi Bakçay, and the representation(s) in media and new media forms sessions by Çiğdem Öztürk and Altuğ Akın.


BAK Trainings were hosted by Izmir Sanat in Izmir, Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Diyarbakır, Nilüfer NGO Campus in Bursa and Gaziantep Youth Center in Antep


BAK: Revealing the City through Memory, which is an 18-month training, production and sharing program consisting of BAK Trainings, BAK Platform and Collective BAK stages, was started in 2012 by Anadolu Kültür. BAK, aims to bring young people from different cities together to get to know each other and the geographies they live in, and enable them to look at each other’s cities and record and share the stories about their cities.


Following BAK Trainings BAK: Revealing the City through Memory will continue with Collective BAK program where young people come together to collaborate in projects that tell stories of their cities through photography and video. Young people, who will be identified among the participants that completed BAK Trainings, will come together in Diyarbakır in April 2017 to take part in Idea Development Workshop. Workshops under Collective BAK  will be realized  in collaboration with docİstanbul – Center for Documentary Studies and Geniş Açı Project Office. BAK Platform, an online sharing space for visual stories produced by participants of BAK Trainings regarding social issues in their cities, within the framework of certain themes, formats and approaches, will be brought to life in parallel with Collective BAK stages.


BAK 2017 is conducted by Anadolu Kültür and supported by Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Open Society Foundation–Turkey, Consulate General of Sweden and Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

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