june, 2012; istanbul
It continued, situated in the present. We agreed that to tell the stories of our own lives would already link the present with the past. To place borders in time and distinguish the present from the past was an obstacle to overcome by doing the work of telling those stories, which do not get told or are not given value when told, no matter in the present or in the past. And anyway, why would we even need to meet to do the work of telling and linking our stories if there wasn’t already a border between us?
Those of us who were interested to start working together across the Turkish Armenian border met in Istanbul, in Amargi’s office to discuss the idea, the dream and the possibility of making the dream come to life. It was an initial meeting to get to know one another and from this meeting two women,Tuba and Milena, one Armenian and one Turkish committed to move the process forward.