Guide to SKOPJE

“Two times a stranger”

Photo exhibition at the Benaki Museum, Athens (18-25 September 2012)

As the organisers describe it, the exhibition provides an insight to “the greatest population exchanges and displacements of the 20th century”. Focusing on personal testimonies and rare photos and footage, the material brings the viewer face to face with the people who lived through the events.

Feeling “two times a stranger” is revealed not only as a particular reality but also as a shared experience for the multitude of peoples that have been forced to abandon their native homes and settle in a new land.

Indicatively, the tour takes us from the Greek-Turkish population exchange of 1923, the mass transfer between Germans and Poles after the end of W.W. II, the partition of the Indies in 1947, to theCypruswar in 1974.

After travelling inIstanbulandNicosiathe exhibition will arrive in Athens in September to continue to Stockholm and Luxemburg.

A series of parallel events are foreseen for theAthensvenue, such as documentary screenings, musical concerts, activities and food from Asia Minor andIndia, while a children’s book on the friendship of two girls in Izmir will be published especially for the event.

Produced by Anemon and co-organised by the University of Oxford, Benaki Museum, Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, Istanbul Bilgi University, Tolle Idee!. In cooperation with the Goethe Institut Athen, the British Council, Athens Concert Hall, the Greek Refugee Council and the Centre for Asia Minor Studies. Realised within the framework of the “Culture” Program (EU).

Benaki Museum (Main Building)