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International Symposium & Exhibition: “Pigments, Colors and Ideas”

Organized by the Faculty of Humanities and Letters and the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), “Pigments, Colors and Ideas,” which will be held on November 23-24, is an international symposium and exhibition on the occasion of the 100th year of the Turkish Republic. Inspired by the national colors of Turkey, red and white, the symposium will explore concepts of pigments, colors and ideas.
“We are so happy to be organizing a symposium on colors for the first time in Turkey. The symposium will have a holistic approach and will be combined with contemporary artistic creations and students’ works. We are proud to be organizing this event for the 100th centennial of the Turkish Republic,” said Prof. Dominique Kassab Tezgör, chair of the Department of Archaeology and coordinator of the symposium and the whole event itself.

Two art exhibitions, coordinated by Ekin Kılıç Ezer of the Department of Graphic Design, will run parallel to the symposium. Students and faculty members of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, together with well-known national artists, will present works of paintings, graphic art, printmaking, ceramics and other media specifically devoted to the use of “yoşa,” the red pigment of Cappadocia. Prof. Yasemin Afacan, chair of the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design and the acting dean of FADA, together with Müge Mengü Hale of the Department of Communication and Design, will facilitate the logistics of this event.

The event’s opening will take place November 23 in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Prof. Yenişehirlioğlu, director of VEKAM at Koç University, will give the inaugural lecture of the symposium. Following the lecture, the opening ceremony of the “Sinopia Contemporary Art Exhibition,” mentored by Ekin Kılıç Ezer, will take place in the unique atmosphere of the antique remains of the museum.

On November 24, the symposium will be held at Bilkent University and will gather scholars from abroad and other universities in Turkey as well as from Bilkent itself.
A second exhibition of two workshops will follow the symposium, “Exploring Sinopia,”mentored by Beata Zalewska of the Department of Fine Arts and “Sinopia: Pigments, Colors and Textures Workshop,” mentored by Ekin Kılıç Ezer in the FADA Exhibition Hall. On November 25, there will be a day trip to the archaeological site of Gordion, named a UNESCO world heritage site this September.

For More Information: pci.bilkent.edu.tr/