Turkish newspaper sheds light on Syrian artists in Turkey

Turkish newspaper “Hurriyet” highlighted the Syrian artists in Istanbul, with the aim of introducing them and their children, in the midst of the local community, most of whom have no idea of ​​their existence, lack of means of communication among them,

In this context, the newspaper this time, which has always addressed the problems that occur between the Syrians and the Turks, a group of Syrian artists at the center “Art here Istanbul”

At the beginning of the article, which was published on Monday, July 24, the newspaper said: “When you mention the word” Syrian refugee “, the first one to think of you is the refugees who are inside the camps and who suffer from difficult living conditions. In the last six years, Gathering) for artists who are also fleeing the war. ”

Center for collecting artists
The newspaper interviewed Omar Barakat, 52, an artist, photographer and founder of the center, a three-storey building in the Qazi Kui district in the Asian section of Istanbul, one of the most important centers for both Turkish and foreign artists.

In the basement there is a coffee shop, study and reading tables, a painting and sculpture workshop, a dark room for photography, and various paintings and sculptures.

Barakat, who worked as an English teacher in Damascus, came with his family in 2012 and decided to set up a compound for Syrian artists who had to leave their country and come to Istanbul, because the city is a destination for most artists.

The situation is different from Syria
The center also hosts various workshops and concerts by Syrian and Turkish artists, including jazz musicians.

Barakat said that he wanted to create a project that he could not implement in Syria because he did not grant the required permission. He said that he was able to open his center and obtain the required permits within one week.

Barakat stressed that Syrian artists are in harmony with Turkish art and feel close to their culture, pointing out that they understand more Turks than Westerners.

Barakat explained that the only problem facing them in their technical project is “finance”, since it does not make much of the coffee shop, and that most of their income is due to the sale of art pieces in various Turkish exhibitions.

The newspaper also held a number of meetings with artists within the project, such as the plastic artist and engineering graduate Farah Traboulsi, the playwright Burhan al-Khatib, the specialist of Arabic music and Sufism, the photographer and graphic designer Hussein Haddad, as well as painter Ali Omar.

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