The Kreuzberg project space SCOTTY is showing the exhibition At the border with Ruken Aslan, Ayşe Tülay, Janis Schroeder, curated by Sigrun Drapatz, from 25 February 2023 (opening 24.02.).
Southeastern Europe is a multi-ethnic home for people with diverse languages and religions. For centuries, ethnicity was not a key distinguishing factor. This changed with the influence of major European powers in the middle of the 19th century. They juxtaposed the concept of belonging to an ethnic to the notion of belonging to a religious group. The new concept of identity quickly spread throughout the region. This resulted in uprisings against the Ottoman rule, and as well in hegemonic claims against other population groups. A bloody trail of massacres, expulsions and refugees has been running through Southeastern Europe since, giving rise to small-scale, mostly homogeneous nation-states.
After the end of the 1st World War, this policy manifested itself in population transfer and forced resettlements. With the reorganization of Europe after the 2nd World War, Bulgaria was politically linked to the Soviet Union, Turkey belonged to the Western Alliance. From 1980 onwards, Bulgaria introduced a tightened …
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Image above: border line pattern, Ruken Aslan