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Elio Montanari, Italian architect and photographer

Elio Montanari, Italian architect and photographer

Interview with Elio Montanari by Tuğba Kibar/ Experience of Living Together in Istanbul / October 2010

Elio Montanari is an Italian architect and a photographer with a focus on buildings and physical structures and therefore the city itself in general. Living in Istanbul since 2002, Elio was married here for the first time of his life and plans to stay in Istanbul from now on.

When one is posed the question related to the coexistence of various religious groups, family ties and neighbourhood relations are almost the only subject matter that is discussed. During my conversation with Elio, I came to realize that physicality of space in and of itself can be the foundation of coexistence.

There is no shock for me because I don’t have any problems of identity in the sense that I was always used to, to meet diversity. I mean the problem of identity is being solved with meeting different people. So, I believe in what we may say, cannibalism. Intellectual and spiritual cannibalism which means that I see you, you are different from me. So I cannot have any shocks about Istanbul and the people in Istanbul. But I find myself. Yes, I always find myself through diversity, through meeting diversity.

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Interview with Elif Shafak

Interview with Elif Shafak

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]15-19 October, 2008/ Today’s Culture (A Special Supplement By Today’s Daily News The Frankfurt Book Fair)

Elif Şafak, a prominent Turkish novelist, spoke to Today’s Culture about her 15-year journey of writing, what literature means to her, where she sees herself in Turkish literature and what feeds her writing. In her first interview since giving birth to her second child, she announced that a new novel was on the way.

Elif Şafak: Literature is a love, and, like every love, it is irrational. 

I guess you aren’t going through postpartum depression this time like you experienced after your first pregnancy. Can you write?
I haven’t experienced similar problems this time. Both the pregnancy and the post-pregnancy period have been much easier, calmer, softer and more peaceful this time. I think writing “Siyah Süt” [”Black Milk,” her last book] has a great role in this. That book healed me. “Siyah Süt” tackles postpartum depression, but it does this with humor. Writing the book had a positive impact on me. And I have had many readers tell me that reading the book had a similar impact on their lives. As a writer, this makes me happy.

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Halil Karaduman; one of the world’s leading “kanuni”.

Halil Karaduman; one of the world’s leading “kanuni”.
November 23, 2008, Sunday / Published at Today’s Daily News /By Tuğba Kibar

Halil Karaduman, one of the world’s leading “kanuni” (those who play kanun, or Turkish zither), is known as a fabulous musician of unlimited talents who uses the kanun in a very dynamic way and with a great deal of ability.Having played kanun for decades, the wide range of music he makes has inspired many young kanun players to imitate him and has made the kanun an indispensable instrument in Turkish music and one of the most desired instruments in world music. Sunday’s Zaman interviewed Karaduman, a kanun-playing genius.

November 23, 2008, Sunday / Published at Today’s Daily News

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