I just returned from Istanbul where I was invited to participate in an exhibition and speakers’ panel about issues of women’s rights and safety. I was very honored to be a part of this initiative which included a symposium and art education workshops for underprivileged women in Turkey. The text above comes from the exhibition catalog introduction. On exhibit was a photographic panel of the dammi un bacio ring:
Press release: (ISTANBUL) DOGUS UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF ARTS AND DESIGN OF TURKEY HAS ORGANIZED AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AN EXHIBITION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN ACADEMICS/ARTISTS IN ISTANBUL AND IS TEACHING ART TO WOMEN IN SHELTERS
Faculty of Arts and Design of Doğuş University of Istanbul organized an international symposium entitled “Art Questions Outrage Against Women” (9-12 March 2012) and an International Women Artists exhibition in the Kadıköy Municipality and in Doğuş University (9-30 March 2012). They have also started teaching art to women in women’s shelters.
On the 12th of March the University organizes for the first time a symposium to protect women’s rights. The Director of the Contemporary Living Association, Prof. Dr. Aysel Çelikel, introduces “Culture and It’s Role in Preventing Outrage in the Family”; painter Su Yücel, who has been voluntarily teaching art to gypsies and peasant women all over Turkey, is giving them energy to endure life; and Prof. Devril Erbil, a renown painter, awarded with the National Medal is giving speeches on reserving the rights of Turkish women. Işıl Özgentürk, renown writer of Cumhuriyet Daily, film producer, and scenario writer is giving a presentation entitled “There is Always a New Life” and showing her film called “It is Told to the Wind”. Prof. Atlıhan will also be showing the film of DOBAG (peasant women learning textile art and their achievements), Su Yücel is showing a film about her accomplishment of teaching art to women all over Turkey. Art teaching in shelters also starts on the same day. 53 ınternatıonal women artısts joined the exhibition. Artists of Albertina, L’Aquila, Italy, and many women academic artists from different important faculties joined the exhibition.