10TH BOSTON TURKISH FESTIVALSM

Colors of Turkey

Festival Program


Exhibits

 
Photography Exhibition:
 
CROSSROADS OF CULTURES/ 
SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA
 
by CENGIZ AKDUMAN
 
 
OPENING RECEPTION:  
Friday, October 28, 2005  5:00pm-7:00pm
GALLERY WALKTHROUGH: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Photographer Cengiz Akduman will be present during the opening of the exhibition
 
10th Boston Turkish Festival is the first display of this exhibition
 
Co-presented with the Massachusetts College of Art
 
 
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday  9:00am-5:00pm
October 28 - November 30, 2005
 
 
President's Gallery, Tower Building, 11th Floor
Massachusetts College of Art
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Located at the corner of Longwood Ave. & Huntington Ave. Accessible by Green Line E train (Longwood stop) or by #39 bus.
Directions
 
 
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: by CENGIZ AKDUMAN
 
"Southeastern Anatolia is one of the most important crossroads of cultures in Turkey. 
It is almost as if it is a region floating with its own wind, between the edges of time... The Southeast is a piece of Anatolia which has blended multiple dimensions, multiple histories, multiple lives in itself...
Resolving history in this region is a difficult puzzle. May be that is the reason why the Southeast, different than many other geographies, displays us the cultural existence of the region in a "magical bottle"... There, what gains continuity is not history but culture...
This region is where the first abstract idea of "god" was formed. It is the biggest conscious advancement of humankind's adventure which began with Adam and Eve. Putting Abraham, Moses, Jesus and later Mohammed behind this conscious jump, they built spiritual castles of "monotheism" in these lands. 
In this exhibit, I am trying to give visual hints of such a geography. 45 photographs of the exhibit were taken during my 11 visits to the Urfa / Mardin / Diyarbakir triangle between 1983-2003. 
When I was selecting the photographs for this exhibit I gave the priority to the people of the region. I focused my exhibit to all the people of this region, no matter what their roots are or how they worshipped their god..."
 
(by Cengiz Akduman)


 

 

ABOUT CENGIZ AKDUMAN:

Cengiz Akduman began taking his first photographs in 1974 while he was a student at the University of Economy and Trade. In 1985 he began his professional career as a freelance photographer in his own studio. He gave lectures on "Advertising Photography" at the School of Communications at Anadolu University in Turkey between 1989-1993. 

His works have been exhibited in 14 solo exhibitions, including the ones hosted in Germany (M.Gladbach), Bulgaria (Plovdiv), Czech Republic (Prague), Poland (Warshaw). More than 80 of his works have also been accepted to joint exhibitions around the world and have been published in prominent catalogues. 

Cengiz Akduman has five of his black and white photographs exhibited at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern) and has been honored by 21 leading national and six international awards. 

He has published his collection of black & white photographs in a book, titled "Moments and Memories". 

Recently he prefers to work on more extensive projects besides his career on commercial photography.