WE ARE IN BIENNIAL
The conceptual framework of 4th Canakkale Biennial also included a call for the dwellers of region, which past has woven with war, to talk and discuss about peace and reconsider the history. Women, from district councils to the city council, from local government to civil society, from women’s rights and labor area to the disabled working who take initiative in the socio-cultural life of the city, responded to this call and they formed the group We Are In Biennial.
We Are In Biennial group held workshops, forums and film screenings, focused on the cultural life of the city, environment and women under the main title of peace and freedom concepts, before the biennial and during the biennial process. The first output of this process which has sprawled all over the city for the social benefit of society, was shared with the public in the activities for 51st Troia Festival.
1-Tie of Wish
Tie of Wish started from the Synagogue, connected the city’s architectural representatives of the former cultural diversity from century ago, with the wish clothes on13 August 2014. A rope, with peace and freedom wishes for the future hanging on it, symbolizing recall of the culture of coexisting in peace, has been extended to link the physical spaces approximately one-half kilometer route through Synagog, Mirror Bazaar, Market Street, Tiflî Mosque, Old Armenian Church, Cami-i Kebir (Fatih Mosque), Tekke Street, Yali Mosque and Yali Street, Lopatin Street, Clock Tower, Vitalis House and the end of it have left in the sea.The rope as a conveyor of common wish to convert the pain of last century into peace, trusted to the Dardanelles carrying, converging, unifying power.
We Are In Biennial Team organized workshops and applications held in different fields like yoga, jewelry, sewing, printmaking from July to October. The last one, the body and performance workshop has been realized at the former Armenian Church by performance artist Nezaket Ekici on 26th September. Another workshop was the study of oral history which combines technical knowledge and practice. Participants have acquired skills of video recording and editing knowledge as well as realized oral history projects about the city’s history with dwellers of Çanakkale; conversed with people who witnessed to urban life closely, the memories and stories have compiled. Considering the individual stories of people, it has aimed to create a different source for culture, history and the social structure of the city. Products of We are in Biennial process exhibited at the State Gallery of Fine Arts during October 2014.
Peace Cloth was the most widely attended event realized within the scope of Biennial. During the 4-month study conducted by Canakkale Social Life Homes, over than 200 women produced a “peace cloth” from lace pieces representing the women’s peace wishes and women’s labor and each of them were collected and combined with a collective work. The cloth was brought to Republic Square with the participation of a large group of women and was covered over the cannon in the square on 10th October, 2014. By this intervention of women, messages of peace and freedom were expressed, as well as a mass action has been carried out by them in the public sphere. Another collective production of women was Peace Tree, composed of hundred pieces which were embroidered with the buttons . While the women from Guzelyali, Dardanos and Canakkale producing the parts of the Peace Tree conversed about peace and each part was combined with the message of peace.
Contributors of We Are In Biennial: İsmail Erten, Çanakkale Olay, Selanik Komsu Project (Achilleas Kaplanidis & Maria Kaplanidou), Hümeyda OkTuncay Topcu, ELDER, Rebiye Ünüvar, Hayrettin Pişkin, Mehmet Dağaşmaz, Çanakkale Belediyesi Sosyal Yaşam Evleri, Çanakkale Belediyesi Kent Gönüllüleri, Güzelyalı ve Dardanoslu Kadınlar, Kibriye Boztepe, Cem Katı, Kubilay Özmen, Onur Tekin, Kent Konseyi Kadın Meclisi