In December, CreativeMornings Istanbul will take place physically at ATÖLYE. In this edition, we are hosting Hacer Foggo, the founder of “Deep Poverty Network” under the theme “Invisible”. During the event, based on her own story, Hacer will talk about the invisible issue of “poverty” in Turkey and her efforts to make this issue visible.
09:00-09:30: Welcoming and Breakfast
10:00-10.30: Q&A and Networking
*This event will be held in Turkish.
About the Speaker:
She worked as a reporter for 15 years in various newspapers and magazines, mainly on human rights issues. As an activist, she has stood by the people of the neighborhood in Sulukule, Küçükbakkalköy and Kağıthane, where Romani people have been displaced since 2003 due to urban transformation projects. She established the Deep Poverty Solidarity Network during the pandemic period. The Poverty Network provided basic necessities such as food, tablets, etc. to over 3,000 families who cannot access to food. She was selected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2015 and one of the 10 leading women from Turkey for the WoW World Women’s Festival in 2021. She has a published review book called Kırmızı Püskül (The Red Tassel) and several articles on urban poverty.
December’s Theme is Invisible.
The invisible encompasses everything that does not fall within the hegemony of visibility. An entire world we cannot see exists but doesn’t show itself. From the electromagnetism coursing around us, to the flow of capital across borders, to the adaptive strategies of wildlife. The denizens of nature know that remaining invisible is power.
Many of us labor to avoid becoming invisible at all costs. We strive to create a constant performance in an age of surveillance. Being invisible is often synonymous for being marginalized, forgotten, and fallen out of view.
What if we take a cue from nature and reclaim invisibility as a strategy? What rich inner worlds can we cultivate when we remain out of view? How might we become aware of the things that have receded from sight, suddenly coming into focus with startling clarity?
Our Rome chapter chose this month’s exploration of Invisible and Cristina Spanó illustrated the theme.