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‘Monday Activities’ began with a presentation of curator Denizhan Özer, named “We Must All Shoulder This Stone Heavy Responsibility”.

‘Monday Activities’ began with a presentation of curator Denizhan Özer, named “We Must All Shoulder This Stone Heavy Responsibility”. It was held in 29th of November, Monday at 19:30 in Gola NGO. ‘Monday Activities’ is organized by Gola Culture, Arts and Ecology NGO and calls its participants to think together and produce.

Curator Denizhan Özer’s presentation, “We Must All Shoulder This Stone Heavy Responsibility” took place with ‘stone’ theme of the festival in 5thGreen Yayla Festival. He also updated the stories and photos of his presentation for ‘Monday Activities’. Gola followers attended to the first Monday activity where Denizhan Özer called participants to ‘shoulder this stone heavy responsibility’.

WE MUST ALL SHOULDER THIS STONE HEAVY RESPONSIBILIY

When we examine the hundreds of thousands of years that go into the making of the history of civilization, we can see that all civilizations have risen on stone. The fertile “Mother Earth” and her counterpart, the protective “Father Stone” have been constant companions of the path travelled by the human species. In our day, stone is still an irreplaceable natural material as it used to be in the past. Even though other materials seem to have taken its place as a result of modernism, stone continues to be a material of importance.

As in other civilizations, the Laz people have shaped their culture from the past into the future with stone and have used stone even more because of the features of the geography they live in. In this geography, old castles, prayer places, houses, mills, bakeries, bridges and roads have all been constructed utilizing stone. While children threw rocks at the sea, mothers have broken nuts using “Kvancala”. The stone is everywhere. Sometimes we see it as a sign on a mountain road and sometimes as a resting area on which birds sit or as the companion of wild rivers. In other words, in the Laz culture, the stone is life, love and beauty. It is the subject matter of poems and the symbol of resistance.

Even though the official culture tried to make us forget the local values by throwing them into the turbulences of modernism, as in other matters, time has come for us to shoulder this stone heavy responsibility.

Denizhan Özer

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