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The culture array of Polonezköy expanding from Nazım Hikmet to Gencer, from Franz Liszt to Atatürk, from Gustave Flaubert to Pierre Loti, from Chopin to Czeslaw Milosz, from music to literature- is exposed by the book and photographs of the artist Akgün Akova. Artist Akgün Akova has got over five thousand photographs depicting Turkey and over four hundred articles about the country that appeared in magazines like Voyager, Skylife and National Geographic etc. The book titled 'The Eagle beneath the Crescent and Star: Polonezköy' by Akgün Akova aims at showing the meaning and importance of a tiny village in Istanbul that serves European culture and world peace. Founded in 1842 in Beykoz, Istanbul, the village Polonezköy established a strong bond between Turkey and Poland. This project is about a book and a photograph exhibition to be held in Istanbul and in Warsaw to tell about artists that relate to Polonezköy along with their stories. Within the scope of this project, Polonezköy will be told as a symbol of peace, friendship and fraternity between the peoples of Turkey and Poland all through a wide array of names such as Nazım Hikmet, Leyla Gencer, Franz Liszt, Atatürk, Gustave Flaubert, Pierre Loti, Chopin and Czeslaw Milosz. The story of Polish originated people living in Polonezköy will be examined through history, poetry, literature, music, photography and other lines of art.
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