Sunday, 30 March 2014

There’s no place like home (is there?)

MP Jeremy Corbyn with the Islington Turkish, Kurdish & Cypriot Women’s Group, part of the new Gurbet Yok! ( Mu?) exhibition

The public are invited to a sneak preview of a new exhibition about London’s Turkish speaking community and what it is like to be away from their ethnic homelands. Titled Artik Gurbet Yok! ( Mu?) /  There’s No Place Like Home (Is There?), the exhibition explores the life of this dynamic, colourful immigrant community in the capital. It has been created and curated by Semra Eren-Nijhar, an author, film maker and policy consultant on migration and Turkish people living in Europe.

Eren-Nijhar (left) intends for the exhibition to travel across different parts of London, with each one putting the spotlight on the Turkish-speaking citizens in that area. The first display homes in on the London Borough of Islington; Eren-Nijhar has collaborated with the award-winning Islington Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot Women’s Group to offer a snap-shot of life for British Turks in the borough as women talk about what it’s like to be away from “home”. This first event will also celebrate the role of women.

A respected social commentator who also writes for T-VINE magazine, Eren-Nijhar believes the exhibition is extremely timely given the “important juncture in the political, social and economic landscape of London and across the world” and hopes many people from within the community will attend on Tuesday evening and also lend their support for future exhibitions.

The preview event takes place on Tuesday night at Islington Town Hall. It will be officially opened by Theresa Debono, the Deputy Mayor of Islington Councillor, at 6.30pm, with other local politicians and dignitaries also expected to attend. This one-night only exhibition is free to the public.

See Artik Gurbet Yok! ( Mu?) / There’s No Place Like Home (Is There?) on Tuesday 1 April at Islington Town Hall Committee Room 1, Upper St, London N1 2UD from 6.30pm. 

Main photo from Islington Tribune

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