Partners: KozaVisual, City Research Center (Armenia), Kars Municipality, Gyumri Art Gallery
Supported by: European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Open Society Institute (OSI), European Youth Foundation (EYF)
Field and type of activities: ber_A_ber aims to strive to use art and culture as a means for creating links and fostering intercultural dialogue across Armenia and Turkey and bridging Middle East and Caucasian region with Europe.
ber_A_ber aims to create and promote dialogue between Armenian and Turkish societies and to create a bridge between Turkish and Armenian youth in order to break prejudices about both nations coming out from the history. The only way to destroy the taboos, breaking the silence and rebuilding the common memory together is to create dialogue. We claim that this dialogue process will help to establish normalized relations between two societies. In this regard, civil diplomacy is important to strengthen the relation of both societies. ber_A_ber also aims to establish cultural links and recognition between Turkey and Armenia and European countries through bringing together professionals and non-professionals in audio-visual field and creating possibility for them to work in collaboration and create a synergy production, which further will be presented to wide public in Armenia, Turkey and European countries. ber_A_ber also aims to strive to use art and culture as a means for creating links and fostering intercultural dialogue across Armenia and Turkey and bridging Middle East and Caucasian region with Europe.
A group of young people from Gyumri Armenia and Kars Turkey, the border cities, are recruited as ber_A_ber participants.
Themes of our films are “Turkey-Armenia relations”, “closeness and distance between Armenian and Turkish cultures”, “communication among the borders”, “breaking the borders”, “future of two societies”, “discovering common history/parallels”, “nationalism”, etc.
Participants are experimenting with film, video, which are result in a small synergy production. They try to address the message of peace through images.