The Ottoman Empire, which dominated the Balkan Peninsula and Anatolia for 500 years, collapsed at the end of World War I and modern Nations rejecting the Ottoman legacy were born. At the end of this, radical changes have occurred in the lives of the people, especially in the big cities. As a result, radical changes have occurred in the lives of the people, especially in the big cities. The exhibition, titled “Ankara, Belgrade, Istanbul, Sarajevo”, consists of press photographs of four cities in the Republic of Turkey and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, which were founded after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, in Ankara, Belgrade, Istanbul and Sarajevo.
200 digitally-processed photographs stemming from the 1920s and 1930s taken by photo journalists of the newspapers Cumhuriyet and Aydın (in İstanbul) and Politics and Verme (in Belgrade) were brought together for the exhibition as a result of a careful selection process. In addition to photographs offering views of everyday life in cities, they also depict military and sports groups that celebrate their young nation at parades and newly opened sports stadiums. The bazaars that make up the heart of every Ottoman city continue to function as a meeting place where people share the latest gossip while shopping. “City Center”, “Nation and Body”, “Dress Up Nation”, “Leisure and Religion” and “Bazaar” are the products of the research project titled SIBA (Visual View of Everyday Life in Turkish and Yugoslavian Cities).
The exhibition was organized with the cooperation of Basel University and with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Dr. Nataša Miškovic. The exhibition is open until 29 July 2018.