EVENT – TIP: ARABESK - Love – Pain – Oppression – Life

Kolpa Kolektif @Bunker k101, 09.07.-16.07.2016

Kolpa Kolektif presents: 

Haluk Çobanoğlu (Photographie), Vardal Caniş Su (Malerei) 

Opening: Sa. 09.07.2016, 13h // 18h

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Live-Music by Ozan Ata Canani and Elektro Hafiz

Exhibition: 9.-16.07.2016 // 18-21h

If you loooove and suuuffer for music don´t miss this event next saturday in Cologne. An exciting exhibition event on ARABESK by our friends Kolpa Kolektif at Bunker k101, in Ehrenfeld. The exhibition shows a selection of documentary- photography by Haluk Çobanoğlu, works by the artistVardal Caniş Su and installation by Kolpa Kolektif. At the opening there will be live-music by Ozan Ata Canani and Elektro Hafiz: 

„ARABESK – Love-Pain-Oppression-Life

ARABESK is music with extensive ornamentation of its melody. ARABESK is pure sentimentality. In Turkey, later on as well in the diaspora, this music style developed to an attitude to life, which founded identity, marginalised, loved, lived and exploited. 

ARABESK is unfulfilled love, endless sorrow and painful oppression. ARABESK is also hope in hopeless times. 


In the course of the modernization beginning of the 20th century, the westernized „elite“ did ban classical folk music from public life. But the longing for the wistful, emotional sounds did persist. In the music of Egypt movies the cinema of Turkey found its inspiration. The tragedy of life, the injustice of the world, the sorrows of the little man and the great desire got their soundtrack. 

Called disparagingly arabesk by the „elite“ the music style developed to its own cultural counter-existence. Mostly heard, loved and lived by the ones migrated from their anatolian homelands towards the big cities of even abroad. ARABESK becomes a subculture on the search of a new identity. The music offers passion and catharsis in pain. 

In the beginning daring protest music or smiled at as minibus-music, ARABESK spreads very fast, turns into an institution and a business-model. 

Pain sells. 

“For Turkey arabesque means more than just being a musical genre. At this stage we concur with philosopher Adorno who says “every music style represents the conflicts and tensions of the society in general”. To peruse the subject from this angle, assuming music to be an uncensorable sonorous historical heritage of a land, of a country, this photographical documentary project has been an attempt after the arabesque music for nine years, looking for the lost, and the lasting, and the changed.”

Haluk Çobanoğlu