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b_300_200_16777215_00_images_zzz12-2.jpgSupported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the research trip to Armenia with the participation of German artists Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz took place between 11-16th of May.  From the Hrant Dink Foundation, Nayat Karakose, Zeynep Taşkın  Delal Dink, Arat Dink and Sera Dink participated to the trip.

Within the scope of the trip a range of museum visits, a public talk, a small lecture and a roundtable meeting was organized.

Museum Visits:

Within the scope of the research trip, in order to explore the memorialization work at the museums, several visits to certain museums were organized.  Guided tours in English language was organized in Parajanov Museum, Armenian Genocide Museum, Komitas Museum and Madenataran Museum.

‘Crushed History- The art of Counter-Memory’ Public Talk:

A public talk was organized at the Cafesjian Center for Arts on the 11th of May. Artists Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz gave a public talk about counter-monuments that they build and the memorialization works that they conduct in Germany, Europe and Latin America.  The public talk was moderated by Armenian journalist Asthghik Igityan. During the public talk Hoheisel and Knitz explained the concept of counter-monuments and emphasized the importance of the showing the presence of the absence by building counter- monuments.

 As the counter-monuments stand as a unique example which challenge the classical concepts of the monuments, both artists gave specific examples of their work in order to enable the public to receive a better understanding of the concept of counter monuments.  Ashcrott Fountain in Kassel, The Grey Bus Monument ( Moving Monument) , Passaro Livre in Sao Paolo, Memorial to a Memorial in Buchenwald Memorial , Bookmark Memorial in Bonn, The Eye of the Memory were among the memorials and projects that they presented during the public lecture. They presented their work with visuals and videos and the talk lasted about an hour. Following the talk the panel continued with Q&A session. About 60 people participated to the public talk. 

b_300_200_16777215_00_images_zzz12-3.jpgRoundtable Meeting

A roundtable meeting was organized in order to receive recommendations about the Hrant Dink Site of Memory. The project coordinator Nayat Karakose made a presentation about the Hrant Dink Site of Memory and explained the work that has been conducted during the preliminary project. The recommendations of the participants regarding the Hrant Dink Site of Memory with regards to its content, exhibition, emotion,  discourse, exhibitions, activities was received during the roundtable meeting. Prominent curators, artists, scholars participated to the roundtable meeting. Nayat Karaköse, Delal Dink, Zeynep Taşkın, Armenuhi Nikoghosyan, Sera Dink and Yervant Dink participated to the roundtable from the Hrant Dink Foundation.

The participants of the roundtable meeting are listed below:

·         Arman Jilavian- Member of the Board of Directors, RVVZ Foundation, CEO, Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

·         Hayk Demoyan-Director of Armenian Genocide Museum

·         Vrej Kassouny- Artist, director of Reanimania Festival

·         Levon Abrahamian- Cartoon artist, Institute of Archeology and Ethnography

·         Ruben Arevshatyan - Artist, art critic and independent curator

·         Edward Balassanian- Architect and co-founder of the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art

·         Harutyun Marutyan- Researcher at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia

·         Marine Ghazarian- Vice-Rector , National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia

·         Nune Haroyan- Idea Foundation,

·         Vasgen Sedzahyan- Idea Foundation

·         Artavazd Nazaretyan- Architect, Ministry of Urban Development

·         Pegor Papazian- Architect, Tumo Center

·         Sargis Khandayan- Aurora Prize

During the roundtable Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz  explained the concept of counter-monuments, presented their work  and also shared their project recommendation for the Hrant Dink Site of Memory  and received the ideas of the roundtable participants. The roundtable enabled the participants to exchange ideas and explore possible avenues of cooperation with each other especially in the field of memory projects that have a special focus on dealing with the past, mutual understanding and co-existence.

A range of recommendations regarding the Hrant Dink Site of Memory was received during the roundtable meeting.

Visit and Lecture at Tumo Center

Tumo Center for Creative Technologies is an innovative and inspiring establishment in Yerevan. On May 15th Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz had a guided tour in Tumo. After the tour they gave a small lecture to a group of young professionals, introduced the participants the concept of counter-monuments and presented few examples from their work.

Istanbul Leg of the Research Trip

On 16th of May Horst Hoheisel, Andreas Knitz and the team from the Hrant Dink Foundation returned back to Istanbul.

The same day a wrap up meeting was organized. The advisory board members Fusun Eczacıbaşı, Sibel Asna and Ayşe Gül Altınay also participated to the wrap up meeting. The future steps of Hrant Dink Site of Memory, the recommendations of the artists regarding the memory project was taken.

Each year, International Council of Museums (ICOM) chooses a socially relevant theme for International Museum Day (IMD). The theme chosen for 2017 is "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.  On 17th of May, within the scope of the events organized for the celebration of the International Museums Day a workshop entitled as ‘Memory of Objects’ was organized under the supervision of Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz.

A call was made for the workshops and the participants asked to bring objects that symbolize the present and the past of the relations between Armenia and Turkey. The selected participants brought a range of objects to the workshop, including a 105 years old bible written in Ottoman language in Armenian alphabet, duduk from Armenia, mountain thyme from Armenia, coffee cup with traditional motifs from Armenia. The 13 participants shared their personal memories about the objects and explained why they symbolize the relations between Armenia and Turkey. Towards the end of the workshop, the participants penned the stories of the objects and their connection with Turkey-Armenia relations.   The objects with their stories were exhibited in one of the rooms of the Hrant Dink Site of Memory. During the International Museums Day, which is on the 18th of May the Hrant Dink Site of Memory was held open for visits. The objects that were brought by the participants were exhibited during the International Museum Day.