press release

An Imaginary Civilization
Kommagene Biennial 2022: An Imaginary Civilization
20.08.2022 - 20.10.2022

A world divided between civilized and uncivilized, status and power on the one hand and challenge on the other. The chaos, violence and controversy that this conflict brings brings up the question of what we can say about the concept of civilization. Ramin Jahanbegloo points out that uncivilization is not necessarily barbarism, but thinking of it as such, as is common in colonial thought, can lead to a total rejection of what is considered uncivilized. Is it possible to create a new civilization in a world where even the most civilized exhibit unacceptable behavior? Can we ponder on the existence of other dimensions in these relationships between man and man, man and nature, gastronomy, music, architecture, archaeology, fashion? Adıyaman, Kahta and its surroundings have been home to many civilizations for thousands of years.

Powerful civilizations have left strong traces that have survived until today. Until the establishment of the Commagene Kingdom in 2000 BC (69 BC), the Hittites, Mitannis, Arameans, Assyrians, Late Hittites, Persians, Kummurs, Alexander the Great of Macedonia and the Eastern Roman Empire ruled. The Umayyads in 670 AD, the Byzantines and Sassanids in 758, the Hamdanids in 926, the Seljuqs in 1226, the Mamluks, Artuqids and Dulkadiroğulları until 1284, Timur in 1393 and the Ottoman Empire after 1516 dominated the region. These civilizations and the traces they left behind paved the way for the idea of the Biennial and the idea of creating an "imaginary civilization" on an island located off Nevali Çori on the borders of Kahta. With the ISLAND as the main venue, exhibitions and artists' installations in nature can be seen in places such as Nemrut Summit, Kahta Castle, Karakuş Tumulus, Arsemia, Cendere Bridge.