Artist Talk & Exhibition: Roots & Soil

Photographer Ahmet Polat studies the aftershocks of the Gaziantep earthquake one year on with students and lecturers from Hasan Kalyoncu University. Syrian artist and student Hamzaeh Sharrack shares his unique perspective on his current hometown and looks back at the conflict just 60 km away in Syria.

The Artist Talk is part of the Roots & Soil (Kökler & Toprak): a poignant exhibition born from a long-term collaboration between by photographer Ahmet Polat and students from Gaziantep, who share their experiences after the largest Turkish earthquake on Feb. 6, 2023. The exhibition will feature multimedia works by the students and teachers focusing on their experiences one year after the largest earthquake in Turkish history.

During the Artist Talk, led by presenter Erisn Kiris, we will delve deeper, together with Ahmet Polat and students and lecturers from Hasan Kalyoncu University, we will talk about the aftershocks of the Gaziantep earthquake one year after the event and its impact on artists’ works. Syrian artist and student Hamzaeh Sharrack will share his unique perspective on his current hometown and look back at the conflict just 60 km away in Syria.

Join us for this impressive impressing conversation and experience what role such traumatic events and recovering from them play for the region’s artists, and how these experiences manifest themselves in their artistic expressions

This programme is organised in collaboration with Beeld & Geluid (Sound & Vision) and Corendon Foundation.