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  • "Stories From Turkey-Armenia Border" Exhibition In The European Parl

    14:45 18.09.2013

    Armenia, European Parliament, Turkey

    Hrant Dink Foundation, YIC Youth Initiative Centre in Gyumri, Galata
    Fotografhanesi and Free Press Unlimited are jointly holding the
    multimedia exhibition "Beyond Waiting... Stories from Turkey-Armenia
    Border" in Brussels, at the European Parliament upon the joint
    invitation of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the EP Delegation to the
    EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee and the EP Delegation to the
    EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation
    Committees, according to the website of the Hrant Dink Foundation.

    The five multimedia documentaries jointly produced by Aleksey Manukyan,
    Anıl Cizmecioglu, Anush Babajanyan, Arif Yaman, Armenuhi Vardanyan,
    Deniz Pekkıyıcı, Eren Aytug, Marianna Vardanyan, Sofia Danielyan
    and Volkan Dogar will be open for visitors from September 16th to 20th,
    2013, at the European Parliament in Brussels.

    Sealed in 1993, the Turkey-Armenia border continues to divide people,
    villages, railway tracks, children's laughter and memories. "Beyond
    Waiting" captures the daily lives of people in the border cities Kars
    and Gyumri as well as the years of interrupted dialogue.

    The station workers waiting for years and years for a train that
    never comes; Gyumri's Kima who have been waiting for years for a guest
    from Turkey to come and knock on her door; the children of Bayandur
    who break the silence of the border with their music; Sofia whose
    path crosses with the inhabitants of a Kars neighbourhood awaiting
    demolition due to urban gentrification plans, while she was looking
    for the traces of her grandfather; a Kurd and an Armenian whose voice
    try to reach each other as they face their past traumas do all call
    us to listen, speak and act "beyond waiting".

    The five multimedia documentaries, to be exhibited in Brussels thanks
    to the support of the Free Press Unlimited, were produced within
    the framework of the "Multimedia for Dialogue" project supported
    by the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the
    British Embassy.

    The project aims at creating an enabling environment for the joint
    productions of young photographers from Turkey and Armenia, to
    strengthen their voice through new forms of storytelling and to
    contribute to dialogue between the two neighbouring countries.