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Through The Window started as an online project in 2020, aiming to support queer artists from Turkey, the Netherlands and beyond and to grow by thinking, producing and having fun together, and to expand the interaction network with the facilitation of photographer and curator Ömer Tevfik Erten, Dutch philosopher and writer Simon(e) van Saarloos and artist, LGBTQIA+ rights activist Kübra Uzun, and with the support from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul. Through the Window have already completed its second and third terms with the support of the Prince Claus Fund and each term takes two months. Designing online exhibitions, talks, workshops and parties with all its components, Through The Window focuses on equality, diversity and unity. Through The Window is now getting ready for its fourth term and exhibition themed "Rage and Justice" between April and June 2023 with the participation of thirty-one artists. 

 

Kübra Uzun

“Where the window is and where it opens through is as important as the presence of the window itself. Nowadays, being together and moving are more important than ever and Through The Window provides us with the space we need".

 

Simon(e) van Saarloos

“Through the Window is love. It's the feeling of starting the night at a queer club. It is to come across the works of the artists-to-know at the exhibition lounge that you have visited for a friend. It is to call on your activist friend months later, after having a passionate conversation at an organization months ago although you didn't meet them face to face yet, and simply ask "Would you like to work together?".

 

Zekican Sarısoy

It should come as no surprise what progress Through The Window has actually achieved so far, as our collective creativity is something that extends over time and evolves regularly. It is a project that emerged as a response to such a crisis of pandemic. Emergencies are a time window where, most of the time, new ideas and opportunities arise into. Although it is beyond the realms of possibility to predict the long-term effects of such growing spaces and awareness, it is crystal clear that the power and influence of people did not scale down during those times. Movements around the world have adapted to get organized remotely; and they still are. They lay their foundations, sharpen their messages and ceaselessly plan their strategies for future; and for those who work in the field of digital media, every breath and every idea turns into something that surprises us, something that we meditate on, and that goes beyond co-working and inspires us.

 

Ömer Tevfik Erten

“Through The Window represents us who think about the future with our whole being and act together. It includes Lubunya's struggle to survive, produce and carry on. It reminds me of the crowd at the pride parade. TTW, which was born at the beginning of 2020 when we realized that any support mechanism could not develop for any of us and we needed a solution, should not be simply considered as just a culture and art project. There has been a long-standing struggle within the queer movement. In the wake of this struggle, artists and nightlife workers had to be organized eventually. TTW seems to be turning into the structure that provides this organization.”