International Conference "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training - Theater Design & Technology

December 18 - 22, 2014


The Traces of Memory from Anatolia to Italy

Exhibition of photos, paintings and traditional costumes by Professor Asiye Aslan Özşen -
Artist, Researcher and Teacher, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University (Turkey)

The diversity seen in our cultural life styles is decreasing day by day. The culture industry emerging with the globalization policies and popular culture annihilates different cultures by similarizing them. The world cultures moving forward to a single culture by being globalized are now unguarded, unattended and sinking into oblivion and extinction. 

As a woman academician-artist, Asiye Aslan Özşen carries over the traces of memory via her works from Anatolia to Italy.

Asiye Aslan Özşen who is an academician at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University visualizes her regional cultural researches made in Muğla territory through the exhibitions of photography, Folkloric outfits and Photo-Painting pictures titled as “Cultural Reflections from Çomakdağ to Italy”. Narrating the culture of a Turkmen village, the people of Muğla/Milas/Çomakdağ who came to Anatolia from Middle Asia, which is a continuing without any changes for 600 years through Symbol signs, Özşen shares it with art lovers in Italy by photographing the culture and illustrating its artistic expressions.

The artist Asiye Aslan Özşen questions the loss of social memory after Modernism and the annihilation of the local cultures through the exhibition she held. She tries to remind the past which is forgotten or made-forgotten, and to bring the effort to create a new awareness into view by making use of the imagery of art.

The way of dressing of this territory maintains its life with all its vitality today and composes the second section of the exhibition.

In Çomakdağ Village woman clothes worn over the body are primarily bürümcük-yüzünakma shirt (crepe-silky shirt), shalwar shoes (underpants), belly band, bib, apron and amulet.

Bürümcük-Yüzünakma (crepe-silky shirt) is called “iç göynek (undershirt)” in the region. The shirt worn inside and used as an underwear is prepared with silken fabrics woven on handlooms from local silk or silk-yarn mixture as sericulture is occupied in the region. As for the shalwar shoes (underpants), the interlining of the shalwar sewed out of silk, flannel, printed fabrics, etc. is prepared from cotton poplin fabric. Large, baggy shalwars called “yaneş don (side-embroidered pants)” whose both sides are embroidered with yarns that are hand-spun and coloured afterwards by madder are worn on special occasions. The pants are called “shoes” as a whole. The most important feature of these shalwars is the embroideries located on both sides. Since these embroideries are applied on the sides, this garment is accepted as “yaneş don” (side-embroidered pants) meaning “yanı işlemeli don” (pants having embroideries on sides). 

Another important piece of woman garments of Çomakdağ is the Three-five dress. The fabric of the dress in the region is “kutnu”. The reason why it is called “three-five dress” is that it consists of totally five pieces as two arms, two sides and a back. 

In the third part of the exhibition, the works which are created by the photo-painting technique and composed of the artistic expressions of Çomakdağ photos take place. 
In the exhibition, the folkloric garments, photographs and photo-painting works will be exhibited. .

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"