7 September 2016
The format “nGbK lectures” was initiated in 2016. In panels and discussions the nGbK will intervene in the public debate, formulate statements, offer solidarity or voice outrage. At irregular intervals, members of the nGbK organise evening events dedicated to cultural-political issues.
Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 19h
After the Coup - Art and Culture in Turkey in Times of Crisis
Discussion with Nike Bätzner (co-curator of the 6th Sinop Biennale), Asena Günal (director of Depo in Istanbul) and Erden Kosova (critic and author), moderation: Ingo Arend (critic, board member of the nGbK)
“Dictocracy”, dictatorship, fascism? After the failed coup in Turkey, the question as to the future of democracy and freedom in the country on the Bosporus is more pressing than ever. Tens of thousands of people have been arrested and their property confiscated. Open terror especially against the press, against writers, academics and critical intellectuals has increased. Artists and art institutions have as yet not been affected by the government crackdown. But already before the coup there were acts of censorship and obstruction. The cancellation of the Sinop Biennale and the ArtInternational art fair are signs that the situation is getting worse. Much is at stake for the unique art scene that has emerged in Turkey over the past 15 years. On this evening, we talk with actors on site about the space for art and cultural policies in Turkey, about what voices and what locations are now needed to protect the freedom of creativity and critical opinions.
On initiative of nGbK members, Organisation: Wibke Behrens, nGbK office