My short videos and "Phuket: Two sides of islands" will on Edinburgh MESP 2012 Middle Eastern Film Festival in February

Screening event of my last video “Phuket: Two sides of islands” is scheduled for Wednesday 18 February on Stills Gallery with my presentation.
My short videos, Kurdish Lesson 1, Kurdish Lesson 2, Kurdish Lesson 3 will be screened before another feature film in the cinema on Friday 10 February at 6.30 pm. 

The Agent Ria:registeredinart
Visual artists’ moving image works at the 2012 Middle Eastern Film Festival.

As part of Edinburgh’s 2012 Middle Eastern Film Festival, The Agent Ria:registeredinart will show selected works, online and in-cinema, by two visual artists exploring Kurdish themes, Hakan Akçura (Sweden) and Erkan Özgen (Turkey). The curated artists’ screenings respond to the Film Festival programme and areas of discussion, while providing an opportunity for the audience to experience makers’ differing methods of engagement with moving image.

The Agent Ria:registeredinart, is an internet channel for contemporary artists video.  Launched in March 2010, it provides a constant point of access to current and experimental work by visual artists exploring various methods and approaches to screen-based practices. New work by different artists is regularly uploaded to the channel, adding to the hosted works.

MESP / 2012 Middle Eastern Film Festival
Monday 6 February – Monday 20 February 2012
Edinburgh, Scotland

The purpose of the Festival is to provide a focus for the study and promotion of Middle Eastern cinema. The geographic area covered by the Festival broadly covers that outlined in Oliver Leahman’s ‘Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film,’ which includes Central Asia, North Africa, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

Following on from the retrospective on Iranian cinema in 2009, and Egyptian cinema in 2010, and Turkish cinema in 2011, this year’s retrospective will be on the highly regarded Kurdish cinema.

The focus for this year’s Middle Eastern Film Festival will be Kurdish cinema. Concepts of what represents Kurdish cinema are extremely complex as there is no established Kurdish state – the majority of Kurds living in and around the borders of the modern states of Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey (and also small parts of Armenia). Kurdish cinema has only really come to prominence over the last decade and a half, through the ground breaking works of Kazim Oz, Yuksel Yavuz, Bahman Ghobadi, Hineer Salem and Yesim Ustalogu, all following in the footsteps of the late Yilmaz Guney. This retrospective will look at the works of these filmmakers and place them within the broader context of contemporary Kurdish cinema, both within the Middle East region and the broader diaspora. It is true that Kurdish cinema is one that evokes the sufferings and travails of its people, but it is also a cinema of great lyricism, humour and humanity and it is these qualities that have struck a chord with moviegoers and critics alike.

For many decades the culture, the language and the very existence of the Kurds within these states have been suppressed, but in recent years there has been an increasing recognition of the Kurds and their plight and it should be seen as no surprise that this has coincided with a Kurdish film movement telling the stories of the Kurdish people in the language of the Kurdish people. The majority of the films in this retrospective are taken from this modern period, though there is a brief nod to Yilmaz Guney, arguably the father of Kurdish cinema, with a rare screening of the classic film, The Herd, shot in Turkish because the use of the Kurdish language in Turkish cinema was forbidden at the time.

Complementing the Kurdish season will be a Day Workshop on the History and Themes of Kurdish Cinema, facilitated by Mustafa Gündoğdu, one of the pre-eminent authorities on Kurdish cinema, and a master class by acclaimed Kurdish-German documentary filmmaker Yuksel Yavuz.

There will also be the usual mix of short films, including work from the Scottish Documentary Institute and Le Femis, France’s Screen Academy, and contemporary Middle Eastern films, headed-up by screenings of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s award winning Once Upon A Time in Anatolia and Mohhamad Rasoulof’s Good Bye.

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Selected exhibitions, activities: 2013 Artist presentation: "Being in Sweden, being an immigrant, being an artist", Adaevi, Museum of the Princes' Islands, İstanbul, Turkey "Yersiz: Kader Birliği", Mardin, Kızıltepe, Turkey “Ja jag vill leva jag vill dö”, Tegen 2, Stockholm "Vilken tur! Himlen omfamnar oss!" / "What luck! The sky embraces us!" / "Ne şans! Gökyüzü hepimizi sarıyor!" Photography Exhibition, Ideas and Innovation Fair, Stockholm "Milat" Exhibition for Hrant, Getronagan Lisesi'nden Yetişenler Derneği, Harbiye / Rumeli Han C blok 6.Kat - Beyoğlu, İstanbul 2012 Migration Connections Project 2012 Exhibition, Museum of the Princes' Islands, İstanbul, Turkey Edinburgh Middle Eastern Film Festival, Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK Artist Talking and Screening, Agent Ria, Still Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2011 Ars retorica, Hall the university library of Paris 8 – Saint Denis, France The Exhibition on the 20th Anniversary of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey: Where Fire Has Struck, DEPO Istanbul, Turkey 2010 PAI 2010-2011 in Thebes, Conference Center of Thebes, Greece International Media Arts Festival Videfesta’10: Archive Fever, Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey Temps D'Images Portugal 2010 Festival Film Award for Films on Art section "From childhood to police station" Exhibition, Free Expantion Platform, Istanbul, Turkey HEP Iran screening, Sazmanab Project, Tehran, Iran AthensArt 2010 contemporary art exhibition, Athens, Greece PAI 2010 contemporary art exhibition, Samothrace, Greece "Thistles of Sazak" screening and exhibition, 7th Karaburun Festival, Izmir, Turkey Distance Festival, London, UK "Artist Cinema", Art Beijing, China Over trubled water, Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden Ankara International Film Festival, "Video: Spaces of Memory", Ankara, Turkey Direct Channell, Canakkale' Turkey !F Istanbul Film Festival 2010 online program: See it yourself (This village)' Istanbul, Turkey HEP Screening, AFA Beijing, China Tornavideo, Tamirhane, Ankara, Turkey 2009 “Projected Visions: 35 years of Turkish video art” exhibition Meeting Europe - Istanbul, Wacken Exhibition Centre, Strasbourg, France HEP (Human Emotion Project) Screening, AFA @ Portuguese Bookshop Gallery, Macau, China co-exhibition "Dirty Story", BM Suma, Istanbul, Turkey HEP (Human Emotion Project) Screening, Caldas-da-Rainha, Portugal HEP Screening, Berlin, Germany "Thistles of Sazak", art performance, Karaburun, Izmir, Turkey "Istanbul-Off-Spaces" co-exhibition, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany co-exhibition "Interzone:Nation", Gallery Galzenica, Zagreb, Croatia HEP Screening, LaSala in Cigunuela, Spain HEP screening, Melbourne, Australia "Varning för klämrisk", Solo Exhibition, Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden to Ankara International Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey 2008 1st Int. Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Berlin, Germany "Hög på Golvet" group exhibition at Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden 1st Int. Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Istanbul, Turkey International Mail Art Project 2008, Conceptual Continuity Supermarket 2008 Art Fair with Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden 2007 "Fear of god" co-exhibition, Hafriyat Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey "Bodrum Film Festival", Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey "Jag, min husses hund" group exhibition, Tegen 2, Stockholm, Sweden "Nightcomers" project in the 10th Biennial of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey Scope NYC [PAM], Scope Art Fair, Lincoln Center, New York, USA 2006 co-exhibition "Labyrint" in Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden Artist's "Sann dialog" ("Real dialogue") contemporary art activity has been started. Stockholm, Sweden Artist sent his videoperformance named as "Öppet brev till Migrationsverket" to Migrationsverket ("Open letter to Sweden Migration Board") 51', Stockholm, Sweden 2004 Artist given his art-object named as "För uppehållsstillstånd" to Migrationsverket ("For residence permission"), Istanbul, Turkey co-exhibition "Bridge from east to west", BBK Karlsruhe, Germany 2003 co-exhibition of AIAP "Hal/iç" with work name the "Difficult sleep". Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey 2002 co-exhibition "Arts Plastiques" in METU Spring Festival at METU Congre Center, Ankara, Turkey co-exhibition "A travel into life" at Kargart, Istanbul, Turkey 2001 "Sometimes when I'm high, I watch TV", video performance screening, Dulcinea, Istanbul, Turkey Artist's "Solitudo" contemporary art activity has been started. A solo contemporary art exhibition with 210 participants: I want my mirrors. Dulcinea Istanbul, Turkey 2000 co-exhibition "Veritas Omnia Vincit", Istanbul, Turkey Artist's "I want my mirrors" contemporary art activity has been started, Istanbul, Turkey 1999 "2th Interbalcanic Symposium of Visual Arts" and co-exhibition, Samotrache/Greece 1998 "...self", solo exhibition. Dulcinea, Istanbul, Turkey co-exhibition "The Other", Istanbul, Turkey 1996 "Citypaintings", solo exhibition. Habitat II/NGO Forum '96 art activities, Istanbul, Turkey Publication of book of poems: "Limpin Bird" (Aksak Kus) (168 page, 81 poem, 81 picture), Istanbul, Turkey 1995 Fourth Biennial of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey co-exhibition "Young Activity/Borders and Beyong", Istanbul, Turkey 1991 Short film maker and director, ("Everything is as it is", 24', 16 mm. Included in TRT's "Young Cinematographers" programme), Istanbul, Turkey

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