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The Silence of 206 Rooms: Studies On the Buyukada Greek Orphanage

The exhibition The Silence of 206 Rooms: Studies On the Buyukada Greek Orphanage, which will be held between 9 October - 10 November 2018 at the Galata Greek School by Europa-Nostra, focuses on the Buyukada Greek Orphanage, which was added to the list of "7 World Heritage Sites in Danger" to mark the 2018 Year of Cultural Heritage.

Designed by renowned architect Alexandre Valluary (1850-1921), Europe's largest wooden building provides a window into the oeuvre nestled deep inside its memory palace.  While it may appear silent under the weight of its historical memory, this structure, a virtual chalkboard of social history that has borne witness to numerous events throughout history, in addition to its physical allure, continues to remind us of that which is on the brink of slipping away and being forgotten.

The exhibition at the Galata Greek School, which almost met with a similar fate as the Buyukada Greek Orphanage, will provide a narrative of the evolution of this edifice, which tansitioned from Prinkipo Palace to a home for orphans of Istanbul's Greek congregation, into a ghost structure due to political and social persecution of the minority community.

Curated by Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, the exhibition will feature works based on the Buyukada Greek Orphanage by Ali Kazma, Murat Germen, Dilek Winchester and Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, who have managed to transfer the legacy of one school to another, in addition to oral accounts by witnesses and printed and visual documents that shed light on a historical record on the verge of disintegration.

The other leg of the project will be comprised of discussions, readings and workshops that center around the topics of cultural heritage, memory and orphanhood: Various events will be organized that focus on the closing of the orphanage and subsequent relocation of the children to another center in 1964, the persecution of the Greek congregation, the orphanage's legal status, philanthropy and other congregations' experiences with orphanages.  The event will also include film screenings and a series of talks as part of the Open School Library. 

The Silence of 206 Rooms: Studies On the Buyukada Greek Orphanage invites you to take a stroll through the corridors of this school of life, which contains a layered account of the city's obscured history, and to look at the past through the prism of today.

The exhibition, which will run parallel to the Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation's 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, is organized by the Istanbul Ecumenical Greek Patriarchate and supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Artists: Ali Kazma, Dilek Winchester, Murat Germen, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan


Exhibition Date : 9 October – 10 November 2018


Opening:  Tuesday, 9 October, 18:00 - 20:00


Visiting Hours


Tuesday – Friday      : 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 18:00
Closed to visitors on Sundays and Mondays

The Galata Greek School : Kemeraltı Cad. No:25, Karaköy, Istanbul