Until 21 May 1864, the Circassians who resisted the invasion attempt for more than 100 years, were forced to lay down their weapons on this date because they did not have the strength to withstand. The invaders did not only stopped with genocide and occupation, but also forcibly removed the remaining Circassians from their homeland with the first action in history. With this brutal imperialist action of the russian tsarist, more than 2 million Circassians were expelled from their homelands, homes, villages and homes with gun power. They were filled to small boats and were sent to Ottoman lands. Some were able to reach the shores of the Ottoman Empire, but most of them perished in the cold waters of the Black Sea.
THE RUTHLESS BREAKING POINT IN MODERN HUMAN HISTORY – ‘Stealing homelands, killing natives’
A first happened in the history of the modern world. For the first time, the most brutal method in modern history: stealing homelands while committing genocide and exiling the remaining natives for the purpose of ethical killing, has been applied to the Circassians. The fact that this method is not sufficiently reacted all around the world, even if it is not reacted, accepted in a sense of “successful” as an imperialist method, inspired and triggered all other genocides of modern history.
CIRCASSIAN GENOCIDE; THE RUTHLESS GENOCIDE OF MODERN HISTORY
It is not possible to understand and explain other genocides without understanding the genocide that happened to the Circassians. We can say that other genocides would certainly not have happened,.if the Circassian Genocide faced a strong reaction worldwide, because no one would ever dare to make such an evilness to any community Unfortunately, the Circassian genocide was attempted to be consciously forgotten by international partnerships. Circassians on the roads of exile, offspring, the old and young starved, became fatigued, miserable due to lack of food, thirst and died of illness. They were killed in attacks by Harami gangs. A large part of those who survived all of them were drowned in the Black Sea because of the sinking of the boats where they were filled. The number of those Circassians who were able to complete their exile and reach the Ottoman coasts were hardly 1.5 million. With the best estimate, only 500,000 people were left in the homeland, where more than 2.5 million Circassians was living. The pain of Circassians was not over. The final destination of their exile wasn’t a “paradise” neither. They break from disease and hunger in the land of exile.
THE CIRCASSIAN GENOCIDE 2020 MEMORIAL POSTER CONTEST IS STARTED
The Shamil Foundation organizes the competition for all the Circassian diaspora and the sensitive artists of the world’s people, the public and individuals of the world in order to fulfill its duties in this struggle and to accelerate the Circassian national conflict. This public contest has a short prerequisite. These are:
To be able to transfer the persecution of Circassian people to new generations
To be able to announce the Circassian genocide all around the world
The visual effect can be strong, monolingual or multilingual!
The design technique is free.
EVERY LANGUAGES OF CAUCASIAN and CIRCASSIAN COMMUNITIES (Adyghe, Abkhazian, Chechen, Ingush, Ossetian, Avaric, Kumesh, Karachay, Tatar,…)
Must be visual formatted files such as JPEG, TIFF, PDF and at least 300 dpi depth in digital platform.
Colored or black&white
Design measures 50 × 70 cm horizontally or vertically.
All copyrights of the works that participated in the competition, whether they won the prize or not, and the works to be exhibited in the FOUNDATION HALL and INTERNET ENVIRONMENT during MAY-JUNE will be deemed to have been transferred to ŞAMİL FOUNDATION. The Şamil Foundation shall release the publication, use, dissemination, and sharing of these works to all around the world on condition that the names of the authors are mentioned.
All Circassian and human rights NGOs, world-wide print and visual media or individuals who wish to use them can freely use them.
Posts will be sent digitally to [email protected] under the conditions mentioned above.
The works will be evaluated by the jury which established under the lead of the Shamil Foundation. The names are mentioned below.
The members of the Şamil Foundation may also participate in the competition, but if they win, their financial rewards will be recorded as income to the foundation. They will be honored with a plaque.
For more information: www.21may1864.net .
1.Prize: 5000 TL
2.Prize: 3000 TL
3.Prize: 2000 TL
10 HONORABLE MENTION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.
A plaque of achievement will be given as a HONORABLE MENTION.
Aydan Çelik Artist
Berat Bırfın Bir Prof Dr. – Instructor of Uni. of Marmara
Erol Yıldır Assoc. Prof. Dr. – Instructor of Uni. of Gelişim
Faruk Cimok Painter – Retired Lecturer of Uni. of Mimar Sinan
Faruk Kutlu Painter
Feride Kılıçtaş Binicioğlu Painter
Şehnaz Ünügür FZS Creative Director
Tuncay Yalçınkaya Graphic Designer
Ümit Gezgin Painter, Art Critic, Editor, Instructor of Uni. of Marrmara
Yalçın Karadaş Architect
LAST PARTICIPATION DATE: 30/04/2020 Thuesday 18.00
APPLICATION ADDRESS AND CHANNELS:
ŞAMİL EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION
Bahariye Cad. Yeğiner Sitesi A Blok No:37 D:70 /KADIKÖY-iSTANBUL
(0216) 336 55 24