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Moon and Stars Project, cultural division of The American Turkish Society, is pleased to support the following proposals with a Project Grant:

“Oasis Everything you ever wanted to know about the Middle East but were afraid to dance” 

A full-length, multi-media dance theatre work inspired by the Middle East, and conceived and choreographed by Nejla Yatkin. New York Performance is scheduled for July 26-28, 2013 at New York Live Arts.

Originally from Berlin, Germany, Nejla Y. Yatkin is a 2011 National Performance Network Creation Fund recipient as well as was a 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellow (awarded by the Princess Grace Foundation in New York City) and is an Artist in Residence at the University of Notre Dame. She was named by Dance Magazine as one of "Top 25 to Watch in 2005" and "Outstanding Emerging Artist" by the D.C. Mayor's Arts Award Committee 2006. This award-winning and internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer graduated with a professional concert dance degree from Die Etage - a Performing Arts College in Berlin, Germany.  For more information about the artist and her work, click here.

Translation of Sait Faik Abasiyanik's short stories by Archipelago Books

Regarded as Turkey’s finest short story writer, a Turkish Chekhov, Sait Faik was born in 1906 in Adapazari, Turkey. He spent part of his lifetime in Grenoble, France, which had a significant impact both on his personality and his art. While he was a talented poet, he preferred the mode of fiction and depicted the lives of workers, fishermen, orphans, children in destitution, underprivileged persons and vagabonds in his writings. A major theme was always the sea and he spent most of his time in Burgazada (one of the Princes' Islands in the Marmara Sea). He was an honorary member of the International Mark Twain Society of St. Louis, Missouri.

Translation, print and distribution of the book “Gün”

A collaboration of Turkish women working in Media, undertaken by Prof. Arzu Ozkal of San Diego State University, “Gün” consists primarily of a poetic investigation of informal networks of Turkish women and their extension into media culture.

Arzu Ozkal is a Turkish born media artist and designer. Her work raises questions about dogmas, traditions, laws, and patriarchal value systems through videos, public interventions and performances. Ozkal received her MFA from the Department of Visual Studies at University at Buffalo (SUNY) and BFA from Bilkent University. Her work has been exhibited broadly in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally. Prior to joining SDSU faculty, she spent three years on the faculty of the Art Department at Oberlin College teaching new media practices.

Exhibition by Can Altay in spring of 2013 in New York City, presented by Protocinema

An architect, artist, designer, and scholar, Can Altay investigates the functions, meaning, organization and reconfigurations of public spaces. Altay has had solo exhibitions at Casco, Utrecht (2011), The Showroom, London (2010), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008), Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2006) and Spike Island, Bristol (2007). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, and Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (USA), VanAbbe Museum (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), P.S.1 MoMA (USA), and Platform Garanti (Turkey). He was recently commissioned by London 2012 Festival and Frieze Foundation to develop a public artwork.

Protocinema is a not-for-profit organization that creates opportunities for emerging and established artists from all regions to realize new work and exhibit existing work in a variety of contexts that are open to the public, and accessible to a wide range of individuals.


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