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for empowering the visibility of grassroots movements, independent organizations and CSOs while creating a digital environment of solidarity for participants and beneficiaries to increase their interplay for collaboration and broadening their networks.


Initiated by Ekmel Ertan (amberPlatform), Zeynep Okyay (PASAJ), Ipek Çankaya (halka art project, Art Halicarnassus), Saliha Yavuz (Hayy Open Space, Komunitas), Sarp Keskiner (KARANTINA, Komunitas, Konserve, Teos Arts and Culture Initiative), Daniele Savasta (Yokusun Basi), Ozgul Kilincarslan (Dahili Bellek), Günseli Baki (Sari Denizalti) in 2020; BAGİMSİZLAR [INDEPENDENTS] follows a participatory approach by expanding its operational team with addition of cultural professionals based in various cities.

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BAGİMSİZLAR [INDEPENDENTS] is an ongoing project based on listing and mapping initiatives, CSOs and not-for-profit ventures in Turkey, experting on arts and culture or including artistic and cultural practices in their works. In order to mark changes that occurred in the local habitat from 2000 to this date, the database also hosts organizations and spaces that are not active or present anymore. Other than examining the dissemination of organizations on the map, users can obtain basic information about each entity, by making custom classifications on the first-hand data based on place of location, the status of the foundation, duration of the activity, area of expertise, resources and type of audience.

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The inventory covers independent contemporary initiatives, collectives, autonomous groups, artist-run-spaces besides associations, foundations, social cooperatives and non-profit ventures while focus fields of participating organizations are varied as arts (in general), culture, heritage, memory, immigration, community building, social integration and inclusion, design, gastronomy and sustainable documentation. Within this context, right-based organizations dealing with ecology, renewable energy, urban/rural issues and gender equality are also included in the inventory; if their concerns and practices are relevant to creative actions.

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