All Photos by John Byford - SEAS X Hopa, Turkey
News Release [October 2010]
Photo and documentation
John Byford (photographer, UK) turns his lens towards people and their experiences.
A collaboration with Arts Council England/East Midlands.
An expedition of over 30 people, SEAS artists and a small technical and management team from all over Europe, will travel by road from Istanbul to Batumi. Along the way shorter stops are planned to spontaneously interchange with local people and community groups. Animations - films, workshops, short presentations - will be the tools of encounter.
SEAS X begins with a laboratory on the road, the SEAS Xpedition, and is finalized in Georgia with the four day arts festival SEAS X Batumi. The first SEAS presence in Turkey was the ten day festival SEAS Istanbul 2009, a collaboration between Black/North SEAS/Intercult and Istanbul 2010.
Starting in Istanbul the Xpedition travels along the Black Sea coat with a final stop in Batumi, Georgia.
Closest to Istanbul, this village seems to take on life in a slower tempo which makes the highly modern mosque in the village center an unexpected glimpse into the future.
The largest town during the trip, this thriving coastal town is working to integrate the sea and beach into their future of cultural tourism.
A small village in the hills that maintains its roots of the Hemsin-people and has a greatly expanded summer population of Turks with country homes in the hills.
This border town is the regular stop of many trucks moving between Turkey and Georgia, the Caucasus and further on to Iran.
SEAS X Akçakoça
SEAS X Ünye
SEAS X Camlihemsin
SEAS X Hopa
SEAS X Batumi
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