Thursday, May 28, 2009


Presentation of the Interregional Residency Programme
British Council’s Creative Collaborations programme.
The presentation is followed by a reception.

Saturday, May 30 at 17:00
DEPO / Tütün Deposu
Lüleci Hendek Cad. 12 , Tophane

Platform Garanti is pleased to announce the launch of Accented, an interregional residency program. Accented Residency is part of the British Council’s Creative Collaboration programme. The overall aim of the Creative Collaborations programme is to enrich the cultural life of Europe and its surrounding country and to build trust and understanding across communities by generating dialogue and debate.

Accented offers a total of 20 curators, artists, and writers the opportunity to undertake six to eight-week residencies at the participating institutions over the course of 2009 and 2010.

Participating institutions are Delfina Foundation, London and Spike Island Bristol (UK); Vector Association, (Iasi, Romania); Ashkal Alwan (Beirut, Lebanon) and Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt); and Platform Garanti Istanbul, Turkey.

The program is open to applicants from Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Gulf Region, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Morocco, Palestine, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, numerous exhibitions have been organized by West European institutions with a focus on East Europe. After 9/11, these gave way to projects featuring the Southeastern Mediterranean region. While one can understand the desire for inclusion, the research around post-traumatic conditions, and/or different approaches to the "Muslim" world, the meeting points of the cultural producers have been external to the regions they practice in. The complex impediments facing the production; the concrete hindrances to travel; the lack of public support; the ineffectual organizational structures, have lead artists traditionally to convene in Western Europe. However, cultural and political similarities, as well as centuries of shared histories ask for lateral relations to be empowered. British Council’s Creative Collaborations program places importance on these issues aiding the development of regional bonds.