Islamic Settings

First broadcast: Mon 06.08.2012, 11.00 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Wed 15.08.2012, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: Sandra Schäfer

The focus of the program in August is a conversation between the artist and author Sandra SCHÄFER and journalist Ayşe CAVDAR about current manifestations of Islamism in Turkey, shown on the example Istanbul.

Back in 1978/79 political Islam was marginalized in Turkey, and a political multi-party system became impossible in the wake of the 1980 military coup. Yet Turkish Islamists were keenly aware of the revolution in their neighboring country Iran, as is evidenced by countless articles published in illegally distributed magazines at the time. Today, on the other hand, the Islamic party AKP dominates the government, and thanks to its neoliberal politics has now become firmly established in the bourgeois middle class.
In collaboration with journalist Ayşe ÇAVDAR from Istanbul Sandra SCHÄFER will attempt to portray these changes on the basis of various documents (videos and newspaper excerpts, materials about urban projects such as e.g. the Islamic gated community Başakşehir in Istanbul, etc.). These materials will be commented on in a stage-like setting. The presentation will be filmed.

Ayşe ÇAVDAR is a journalist; she lives in Istanbul. Currently she is working on a research project on today’s Islamic bourgeois middle class in Turkey, using the example of the Islamic gated community Başakşehir in Istanbul.

Sandra Schäfer is an artist and writer who lives in Berlin. In her works she deals with the representation of gender, urbanism, and (post-)colonialism. She works with a focus on film and video installations, as well as in collaborations with artists and theoreticians, in Kabul, Tehran, London, Barcelona, and Berlin.


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Sandra SCHÄFER is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Her works deal with the representation of gender, urbanism and (post-)colonialism. She works with a focus on film and video installations and collaborates with artists and theorists in Kabul, Tehran, London, Barcelona and Berlin.