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x0x Dual Photo Exhibition by Ara Guler and Kariye Museum Opens in Japan
The governments of Turkey and Japan had decided to designate 2003 as
"The Year of Turkey in Japan", and consequently various events are being
held in Japan with the aim of further promoting Turkish culture and
history to the Japanese people.
With this aim, the photos of Ara Güler, an artist internationally
considered one of the foremost representatives of creative photography,
and also the photos of the Kariye mosaics and frescoes, which are among
the best examples of late Byzantine art, were displayed in Japan in an
exhibition held between August 1- 24 in the Japanese Foundation Forum
The joint exhibition was sponsored and organized by the Turkish
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.
Who is Ara Güler?
Ara Güler was born in I.stanbul in 1928. His father, a chemist, had
many friends dealing with fine arts, including actors, writers, and also
Muhsin Ertug(rul, the founder of modern theatre in Turkey. Growing up in
such an environment made a great effect on Güler. As a young man, he
started working in film studios in I.stanbul and also attended some
theatre courses given by Muhsin Ertug(rul. In 1950, he began his career in
journalism in the "Yeni I.stanbul" newspaper.
He is now considered one of the "seven best photographers in the
world," and was given this honor in the Photography Annual in Britain in
1961. Ara Güler's photographs were exhibited in the New York Modern Arts
Exhibition in 1968. He also produced a film entitled "The End of the
Hero", depicting the fate of TGS Yavuz, the renowned battlecruiser.
Güler staged many exhibitions and received many awards. Books of his
photographs, which are really exquisite, have been published in several
countries. Today, many of the most important printing houses in the world
have posters of Güler's photographs on their walls.
Güler went to places which were very hard to access and took
photographs in such countries as Iran, Kenya, Kazakhstan, New Guinea,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Borneo and all parts of Turkey.
Mosaics of Kariye (Chora) Museum
Kariye is located in the Edirnekap? district of I.stanbul. It is
maintained that the Kariye Museum has the best Byzantine mosaics in the
region. Originally built in the 4th century as the "Church of the Holy
Savior Outside the Walls" or "in the fields" (chora), it was indeed
outside the walls built by Constantine the Great. It was later enclosed
within the walls built by Emperor Theodosius II in 413, less than 100
years after the reign of Constantine, so the church "outside the walls"
has in fact been "in the city" for 1550 years. For four centuries after
the Ottoman Conquest of I.stanbul it served as a mosque (Kariye Camii),
but was later converted into a museum because of its priceless mosaics and
Today's museum was built in the late 11th century, and repaired and
restructured in the following centuries. Virtually all of the interior
decorations -- the famous mosaics and the less renowned but equally
striking frescoes -- date from about 1320. The mosaics are breathtaking.
They include depictions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The two small domes
of the inner narthex have portraits of all of Jesus's ancestral line back
to Adam. There are a series of mosaics depicting Virgin Mary's life, and
another, Jesus's early years. Another series concentrates on Jesus's
ministry. In the nave are three mosaics: Jesus, Virgin Mary as a Teacher,
and the Dormition of Mary. The south section of the nave is the
Parecclesion, a side chapel where the tombs of the church's founder and
relatives are located. The frescoes here, appropriately, deal with the
theme of death and resurrection.