Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum Benuri.org - is the first full scale virtual Gallery/Museum and Research Centre addressing the universal issues of identity and migration through art.
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It includes 40 exhibitions, 150 films, 80 podcasts, 1400 artworks and much more. Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, engaging as benuri.org, is the first full scale virtual museum and research centre. Conceived in 2018 and published within the 2019 Sustainability and Public Benefit Strategic Plan benuri.org was ‘soft’ launched in September 2020. The future is digital - our future is benuri.org

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Our Woman of the Week is photographer Inge Ader : to discover her life, biography, selected exhibitions, public collecti...
24/06/2021

Our Woman of the Week is photographer Inge Ader : to discover her life, biography, selected exhibitions, public collections, related books and much more at https://bit.ly/3jbkdDt
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Photo: Inge Ader, Public Domain
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Our Woman of the Week is photographer Inge Ader : to discover her life, biography, selected exhibitions, public collections, related books and much more at https://bit.ly/3jbkdDt
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Photo: Inge Ader, Public Domain
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Hampstead Heath, c.1954, Henry Sanders (1918-1982)Exhibition : FinchleystrasseExplore more at https://bit.ly/3wJRNEv #Be...
23/06/2021

Hampstead Heath, c.1954, Henry Sanders (1918-1982)

Exhibition : Finchleystrasse

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Hampstead Heath, c.1954, Henry Sanders (1918-1982)

Exhibition : Finchleystrasse

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22/06/2021

Shakespeare’s The Tempest- Illustrated by Marc Chagall (1975)

60 Seconds Insights

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Head of a Girl, c. 1948-49, Gustav MetzgerExhibition : Becoming Gustav Metzger: Uncovering The Early Works- 1946-1959Exp...
21/06/2021

Head of a Girl, c. 1948-49, Gustav Metzger

Exhibition : Becoming Gustav Metzger: Uncovering The Early Works- 1946-1959

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Head of a Girl, c. 1948-49, Gustav Metzger

Exhibition : Becoming Gustav Metzger: Uncovering The Early Works- 1946-1959

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Explore the life of artist Fred Uhlman : biography, related books, public collections, selected exhibitions and more at ...
20/06/2021

Explore the life of artist Fred Uhlman : biography, related books, public collections, selected exhibitions and more at https://bit.ly/2S2DI5W
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Photo - Fred Uhlman, Public domain⠀
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Explore the life of artist Fred Uhlman : biography, related books, public collections, selected exhibitions and more at https://bit.ly/2S2DI5W
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Photo - Fred Uhlman, Public domain⠀
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How to make life easy teaching in school and at home?Ben Uri has some 40 different teaching activities covered across th...
19/06/2021

How to make life easy teaching in school and at home?

Ben Uri has some 40 different teaching activities covered across the following 6 topics: drawing, drawing games, painting, 3D skills, collage and print, and all available to download as pdfs.
Feel free to share these with family, friends and colleagues as we have designed a huge variety of art making activities that explore different materials and techniques.
Each is curated to be fun and develop creative awareness and abilities. All are as equally suitable for the kitchen or bedroom as they are for the classroom. ⠀⠀⠀
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Discover more at https://bit.ly/3zoPf0a

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How to make life easy teaching in school and at home?

Ben Uri has some 40 different teaching activities covered across the following 6 topics: drawing, drawing games, painting, 3D skills, collage and print, and all available to download as pdfs.
Feel free to share these with family, friends and colleagues as we have designed a huge variety of art making activities that explore different materials and techniques.
Each is curated to be fun and develop creative awareness and abilities. All are as equally suitable for the kitchen or bedroom as they are for the classroom. ⠀⠀⠀
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Discover more at https://bit.ly/3zoPf0a

#BUAH #VirtualMuseum #BenUriCollection #artonfb #schoolart #artresources #artonline #artforkids #artlearning #earlylearning #arttutorial #3Dskills #3Dart #drawinggames #artgames #learnfromhome #drawings #BUArt #BenUriGallery

Celebrating the immigrant's contribution to our society specially today on the occasion of Refugee Week.Untitled, c. 194...
18/06/2021

Celebrating the immigrant's contribution to our society specially today on the occasion of Refugee Week.

Untitled, c. 1945-47, Gustav Metzger

Exhibition : Becoming Gustav Metzger: Uncovering The Early Years-1945-59

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Celebrating the immigrant's contribution to our society specially today on the occasion of Refugee Week.

Untitled, c. 1945-47, Gustav Metzger

Exhibition : Becoming Gustav Metzger: Uncovering The Early Years-1945-59

Explore more at benuri.org!

#BenUriexhibitions #BenUriCollections #BenUriReserachUnit #BURU #BUAH #painting #artonline #artbusiness #artwork #artonfb #artistonfb #art #artist #artgallery #artmuseum #oiloncanvas #RefugeeWeek2021

17/06/2021

GREAT NEWS! BEN URI IS OPEN AGAIN !

Open weekdays from 10 am - 5 pm, Thursdays late until 8 pm.

Pre-booking essential: Slots available between Wednesday 16 June 2021 10:00 AM and Friday 18 June 2021 4:00 PM.

Ticket prices: £5 (£4 students, free to ART FUND members, NHS workers and those receiving benefits)

Address: 108A Boundary Rd, London NW8 0RH

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Our Woman of the Week is artist Elisabeth Tomalin : to discover her life, biography, selected exhibitions, public collec...
17/06/2021

Our Woman of the Week is artist Elisabeth Tomalin : to discover her life, biography, selected exhibitions, public collections, related books and much at https://bit.ly/2SzC2Rz

Photo: Elizabeth Tomalin by Edit Tudor-Hart / Ben Uri Collection

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Our Woman of the Week is artist Elisabeth Tomalin : to discover her life, biography, selected exhibitions, public collections, related books and much at https://bit.ly/2SzC2Rz

Photo: Elizabeth Tomalin by Edit Tudor-Hart / Ben Uri Collection

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Celebrating the immigrant's contribution to our society specially today on the occasion on Refugee Week.Bird and Cage, c...
16/06/2021

Celebrating the immigrant's contribution to our society specially today on the occasion on Refugee Week.

Bird and Cage, c. 1948, Jankel Adler (1895-1949)

Exhibition: Jankel Adler - A Degenerate Artist in Britain

See more at https://bit.ly/3pnFdba

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Celebrating the immigrant's contribution to our society specially today on the occasion on Refugee Week.

Bird and Cage, c. 1948, Jankel Adler (1895-1949)

Exhibition: Jankel Adler - A Degenerate Artist in Britain

See more at https://bit.ly/3pnFdba

#BenUriexhibitions #BenUriCollections #BURU #painting #artonline #oiloncanvas #artbusiness #artgallery #artmuseum #artistlife #ArtOfLegends #JewishArtist #artonfb #artistonfb #Bird #cage #artwork #oiloncanvas #RefugeeWeek2021 #BUAH #abstract

Last chance to secure your place this evening from 6pm (GMT) on the virtual opening and curatorial tour of Becoming Gust...
15/06/2021
Becoming Gustav Metzger

Last chance to secure your place this evening from 6pm (GMT) on the virtual opening and curatorial tour of Becoming Gustav Metzger, Uncovering the Early Years 1945-59 led by curators Nicola Baird (Ben Uri Research Unit) and Leanne Dmyterko (The Gustav Metzger Foundation).

Book Here: https://bit.ly/3tIBrud

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Celebrating the immigrant contribution to our society specially today on the occasion Refugee Week. Holocaust/Resurrecti...
14/06/2021

Celebrating the immigrant contribution to our society specially today on the occasion Refugee Week.

Holocaust/Resurrection Portfolio (4), 1943, Ernest Greenwood (1913-2009)

Exhibition : Art and the Holocaust⠀

During the Second World War Greenwood served in the Royal Artillery and then the Army Educational Corps, working at the close of the war in the Rehabilitation School in Berlin, where he made a number of works referencing the Holocaust including this four-part series.

Explore more at https://bit.ly/34KkhS4

#BenUriCollection #BenUriExhibition #BenUriResearchUnit #BURU #oilonboard #canvas #Germany #Holocaust #painting #war #ArtofLegends #oilonpaper #painter #artwork #artonline #artbusiness #artonfb #artistonfb #RefugeeWeek

Celebrating the immigrant contribution to our society specially today on the occasion Refugee Week.

Holocaust/Resurrection Portfolio (4), 1943, Ernest Greenwood (1913-2009)

Exhibition : Art and the Holocaust⠀

During the Second World War Greenwood served in the Royal Artillery and then the Army Educational Corps, working at the close of the war in the Rehabilitation School in Berlin, where he made a number of works referencing the Holocaust including this four-part series.

Explore more at https://bit.ly/34KkhS4

#BenUriCollection #BenUriExhibition #BenUriResearchUnit #BURU #oilonboard #canvas #Germany #Holocaust #painting #war #ArtofLegends #oilonpaper #painter #artwork #artonline #artbusiness #artonfb #artistonfb #RefugeeWeek

Explore the life of artist Edmund Dulac: biography, related books, public collections, selected exhibitions and more at ...
13/06/2021

Explore the life of artist Edmund Dulac: biography, related books, public collections, selected exhibitions and more at https://bit.ly/3ieKP5X
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Photo - Alvin Langdon Coburn, Edmund Dulac, 1914 (Public Domain)
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Explore the life of artist Edmund Dulac: biography, related books, public collections, selected exhibitions and more at https://bit.ly/3ieKP5X
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Photo - Alvin Langdon Coburn, Edmund Dulac, 1914 (Public Domain)
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The Swan, n.d., Elie Nadelman (1882-1946)⠀Ben Uri Archive: Mansell Street Gallery Opening: Catalogue and Survey of Activ...
12/06/2021

The Swan, n.d., Elie Nadelman (1882-1946)

Ben Uri Archive: Mansell Street Gallery Opening: Catalogue and Survey of Activities

This undated drawing may be a study for an unrealised or lost sculpture. It is recorded in the Ben Uri Collection catalogue in 1930.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3x2rn0p

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The Swan, n.d., Elie Nadelman (1882-1946)

Ben Uri Archive: Mansell Street Gallery Opening: Catalogue and Survey of Activities

This undated drawing may be a study for an unrealised or lost sculpture. It is recorded in the Ben Uri Collection catalogue in 1930.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3x2rn0p

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Self-Portrait, An Undefiled, 1946, Gustav MetzgerExhibition : Becoming Gustav Metzger: Uncovering The Early Years-1945-5...
11/06/2021

Self-Portrait, An Undefiled, 1946, Gustav Metzger

Exhibition : Becoming Gustav Metzger: Uncovering The Early Years-1945-59

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Self-Portrait, An Undefiled, 1946, Gustav Metzger

Exhibition : Becoming Gustav Metzger: Uncovering The Early Years-1945-59

Explore more at benuri.org!

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Our Woman of the Week is artist Gerda Svarny : to discover her life, biography, selected exhibitions, public collections...
10/06/2021

Our Woman of the Week is artist Gerda Svarny : to discover her life, biography, selected exhibitions, public collections, related books and much more at https://bit.ly/2TyHNyY
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Photo: Karin Porter, Gerda Svarny © Karin Porter

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Our Woman of the Week is artist Gerda Svarny : to discover her life, biography, selected exhibitions, public collections, related books and much more at https://bit.ly/2TyHNyY
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Photo: Karin Porter, Gerda Svarny © Karin Porter

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Head of a Man, 1938-39, Jankel Adler (1895-1949)Exhibition: Jankel Adler - A Degenerate Artist in BritainDiscover more a...
09/06/2021

Head of a Man, 1938-39, Jankel Adler (1895-1949)

Exhibition: Jankel Adler - A Degenerate Artist in Britain

Discover more at https://bit.ly/3pnFdba

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Head of a Man, 1938-39, Jankel Adler (1895-1949)

Exhibition: Jankel Adler - A Degenerate Artist in Britain

Discover more at https://bit.ly/3pnFdba

#BenUriexhibitions #BenUriCollections #BenUriReserachUnit #BURU #painting #artonline #oiloncanvas #artbusiness #artwork #artonfb #artistonfb #art #artist #artgallery #artmuseum #artistlife #portrait #colourtheme #man #ArtOfLegends #painter #Germany #JewishArtist #Atelier17 #DegenerateArtist #Hitlerémigré #NewScottishGroup #Paris #Poland #Scotland #StanleyWilliam #Hayter

Becoming Gustav Metzger, Uncovering the Early Years 1945-59Opening EventNext Tuesday 15 June, 6-7pm (GMT) - Don't miss t...
08/06/2021
Becoming Gustav Metzger

Becoming Gustav Metzger, Uncovering the Early Years 1945-59
Opening Event

Next Tuesday 15 June, 6-7pm (GMT) - Don't miss this evening on the virtual opening and curatorial tour of Becoming Gustav Metzger, Uncovering the Early Years 1945-59 led by curators Nicola Baird (Ben Uri Research Unit) and Leanne Dmyterko (The Gustav Metzger Foundation).

Book Here: https://bit.ly/3xj9tHJ

#artonline #artbusiness #exhibition #artwork #events #QnA #artist #artforlife #artistlife #art #artmuseum #artresearch #artgallery #museum #webinar #artistonfb #artonfb

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Holocaust/Resurrection Portfolio (3), 1943, Ernest Greenwood (1913-2009)Exhibition : Art and the HolocaustDuring the Sec...
07/06/2021

Holocaust/Resurrection Portfolio (3), 1943, Ernest Greenwood (1913-2009)

Exhibition : Art and the Holocaust

During the Second World War Greenwood served in the Royal Artillery and then the Army Educational Corps, working at the close of the war in the Rehabilitation School in Berlin, where he made a number of works referencing the Holocaust including this four-part series.

Discover more at https://bit.ly/34KkhS4

#BenUriCollection #BenUriExhibition #BenUriResearchUnit #BURU #ArtofLegends #artonfb #artistonfb #oilonboard #canvas #Germany #Holocaust #painting #war #oilonpaper #painter #artwork #artonline #artbusiness

Holocaust/Resurrection Portfolio (3), 1943, Ernest Greenwood (1913-2009)

Exhibition : Art and the Holocaust

During the Second World War Greenwood served in the Royal Artillery and then the Army Educational Corps, working at the close of the war in the Rehabilitation School in Berlin, where he made a number of works referencing the Holocaust including this four-part series.

Discover more at https://bit.ly/34KkhS4

#BenUriCollection #BenUriExhibition #BenUriResearchUnit #BURU #ArtofLegends #artonfb #artistonfb #oilonboard #canvas #Germany #Holocaust #painting #war #oilonpaper #painter #artwork #artonline #artbusiness

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Very good work😍 color and design bravo*Shalom Gustave Alhadeff
how about showing some of mine, in this day age it is a bit difficult showing something with a Jewish theme.
At the Ben Uri on Monday 8 April 6 p.m.
Remembering Cyprus Years 1963-64 The two lifeless bodies which we took out from under the bed the walls riddled with hundreds of bullets the hands of the one still clinging to the bedsprings bloog still bright... When I was in Angola I remembered Cyprus remembering Angola when I think of Cyprus Suffering has no motherland Separation In weary and dark nights my native land whom I defend for whom I shed my blood is now going away slipping from my hands I remember the moment when I wept as I embarked on that old Greek ship I watched from far, far away Limassol, my own, with minarets and bell-towers Immobility of my fingers on cold steel could possibly be something beyond love and humanity I pondered about the infinities whose streets are full of rancours I saw the tearful eyes of those we are conditioned to think as our enemies they looked like us, we looked like them How many times we embraced and waited our death together how many times cold steels turned into a problem why I speak always why don't you speak insensitive as the feelings of the cemetery why did they separate us, our loves though bitter, they were our sensitivity don't walk, I beseech with the tongue with hands with brains even the stones would talk till now if you were not stone DAWN OF AWARENESS 1 An evening when the sun waves to the world in the blindness of the silence people drifting as if attached to the clouds only the extinguished lights of empty ferries, unmanned, drawing nearer painted red and black battleship without moorings, without sails, without algae on the indigo sea only the thief like silence, silence, portals from this world to the next which I see undulating, formless all the way to the ports of Diyarbakır! The lanterns have long since been taken down carried off to far-away places around those necks which the empty noose will necklace The fishermen from yesterday remaining in my mind's eye no rod and hook in their hands the hook and rod have been forbidden it is illegal to carry a rod and hook. The charcoal grill are without fish the drinking houses without Rakı the joyous drunken longings hanging over from yesterday talking in my sleep all the way to Diyarbakır And so, like this, my mind strayed to the foot of Cudi mountain whistling to Ararat wrapping myself in my combat jacket. DAWN OF AWARENESS 2 At that moment that I have wrapped myself in my combat jacket you became a shaft of light in the blindness of the dark turning the night into dawn a blood-red cloud in the indigo sky behind the tears of the children of the murdered by unknown assassins the first warm two tears the women's scarves wet with weeping you became the hope of dead shoots You came to life became the destiny of our frozen love and the heat of our dead life a fire and a hope for our tomorrows, you became the reality the one we knew but to whom we could not shout pinned down helpless in our cowardice from a drop of water you became a wave in the ocean and the flowing from yesterday suddenly stopped You became yellow, yellow, Diyarbakır you became May time, turning green the call of spring ushering in the red poppies you towered before us straight and proud, your verdant shoot became foliage the dewdrop on the leaves yellow, red and green And, unconfined by clouds warning us as clouds as the sun into our silence you brought the morning news and woke Harran and its children DAWN OF AWARENESS 3 You are the thoughts which were repressed when sleep is sweetest you became the cry of joy of the children upon awakening possessing the morning together the silence becoming an ululation. The fresh winds of Newroz the price of freedom bullets and bloodshed We saw so much brutality so many riots, so many tears before Christ, and after Christ between the two rivers. But we were always silent and our friends the mountains were angry with us the Euphrates was angry too Haran too, We were vexed with one another and in the end we were defeated They came on horseback, loveless terrifying masks over their faces creatures of another faith speaking other tongues merciless and brutal their galloping hooves dividing our love their traditions overlaying ours consuming our fruits opposed to our tolerance coming as a groom into our midst. AFTER THE OCCUPATION- DAWN OF AWARENESS 4 WE were nothing thereafter we had never existed anyway! beholding Haran, Cudi and Ararat with delight, abducting our beloved to the mountains and for seven months dressed in white bridal clothes with the shepherds, with the farmers producing a culture those who said it wasn't ours between the two river also saying we had no language. It was not us who mixed the mud with the hay It was not us who planted the trees in trees in this landscape they counted our language as nothing our religion for much we were the root of the tree never to burst into bud a mountain people, a rough unpleasant type, an enemy to women We were not from the East according to us, our homeland was in the North. Our songs sprang from every part of Anatolia our sad songs and yet they considered us as less than nothing trying to deprive us of our richness. And, with you life is full and verdant in the times of Newroz and the children ran away to the mountains the mountains to Diyarbakır so that the Narcissus should not weep in the meadows. In the street, beneath the litter, the cries from the cemetery are toppling the stones and a fallen seed grows green we smile again no longer recognise the suffering from Botan to Haran as our joy ripples outwards. Poems from Yashar Ismailoglu for the Poetry competition
Remembering Cyprus Years 1963-64 The two lifeless bodies which we took out from under the bed the walls riddled with hundreds of bullets the hands of the one still clinging to the bedsprings bloog still bright... When I was in Angola I remembered Cyprus remembering Angola when I think of Cyprus Suffering has no motherland Separation In weary and dark nights my native land whom I defend for whom I shed my blood is now going away slipping from my hands I remember the moment when I wept as I embarked on that old Greek ship I watched from far, far away Limassol, my own, with minarets and bell-towers Immobility of my fingers on cold steel could possibly be something beyond love and humanity I pondered about the infinities whose streets are full of rancours I saw the tearful eyes of those we are conditioned to think as our enemies they looked like us, we looked like them How many times we embraced and waited our death together how many times cold steels turned into a problem why I speak always why don't you speak insensitive as the feelings of the cemetery why did they separate us, our loves though bitter, they were our sensitivity don't walk, I beseech with the tongue with hands with brains even the stones would talk till now if you were not stone DAWN OF AWARENESS 1 An evening when the sun waves to the world in the blindness of the silence people drifting as if attached to the clouds only the extinguished lights of empty ferries, unmanned, drawing nearer painted red and black battleship without moorings, without sails, without algae on the indigo sea only the thief like silence, silence, portals from this world to the next which I see undulating, formless all the way to the ports of Diyarbakır! The lanterns have long since been taken down carried off to far-away places around those necks which the empty noose will necklace The fishermen from yesterday remaining in my mind's eye no rod and hook in their hands the hook and rod have been forbidden it is illegal to carry a rod and hook. The charcoal grill are without fish the drinking houses without Rakı the joyous drunken longings hanging over from yesterday talking in my sleep all the way to Diyarbakır And so, like this, my mind strayed to the foot of Cudi mountain whistling to Ararat wrapping myself in my combat jacket. DAWN OF AWARENESS 2 At that moment that I have wrapped myself in my combat jacket you became a shaft of light in the blindness of the dark turning the night into dawn a blood-red cloud in the indigo sky behind the tears of the children of the murdered by unknown assassins the first warm two tears the women's scarves wet with weeping you became the hope of dead shoots You came to life became the destiny of our frozen love and the heat of our dead life a fire and a hope for our tomorrows, you became the reality the one we knew but to whom we could not shout pinned down helpless in our cowardice from a drop of water you became a wave in the ocean and the flowing from yesterday suddenly stopped You became yellow, yellow, Diyarbakır you became May time, turning green the call of spring ushering in the red poppies you towered before us straight and proud, your verdant shoot became foliage the dewdrop on the leaves yellow, red and green And, unconfined by clouds warning us as clouds as the sun into our silence you brought the morning news and woke Harran and its children DAWN OF AWARENESS 3 You are the thoughts which were repressed when sleep is sweetest you became the cry of joy of the children upon awakening possessing the morning together the silence becoming an ululation. The fresh winds of Newroz the price of freedom bullets and bloodshed We saw so much brutality so many riots, so many tears before Christ, and after Christ between the two rivers. But we were always silent and our friends the mountains were angry with us the Euphrates was angry too Haran too, We were vexed with one another and in the end we were defeated They came on horseback, loveless terrifying masks over their faces creatures of another faith speaking other tongues merciless and brutal their galloping hooves dividing our love their traditions overlaying ours consuming our fruits opposed to our tolerance coming as a groom into our midst. AFTER THE OCCUPATION- DAWN OF AWARENESS 4 WE were nothing thereafter we had never existed anyway! beholding Haran, Cudi and Ararat with delight, abducting our beloved to the mountains and for seven months dressed in white bridal clothes with the shepherds, with the farmers producing a culture those who said it wasn't ours between the two river also saying we had no language. It was not us who mixed the mud with the hay It was not us who planted the trees in trees in this landscape they counted our language as nothing our religion for much we were the root of the tree never to burst into bud a mountain people, a rough unpleasant type, an enemy to women We were not from the East according to us, our homeland was in the North. Our songs sprang from every part of Anatolia our sad songs and yet they considered us as less than nothing trying to deprive us of our richness. And, with you life is full and verdant in the times of Newroz and the children ran away to the mountains the mountains to Diyarbakır so that the Narcissus should not weep in the meadows. In the street, beneath the litter, the cries from the cemetery are toppling the stones and a fallen seed grows green we smile again no longer recognise the suffering from Botan to Haran as our joy ripples outwards. Yashar Ismailoglu 43 Nash Road London N9 0LA These 3 poems are for the Poetry Competition. Please submit them on my behalf Thank you