Harran is a district in southeastern Turkey, close to the Syrian border. The area has an ancient history, and Harran has been the gateway of many civilizations during more than 5000 years. The Atlas Harran design collection is a product line, based on a social responsibility model supporting local and Syrian women living in Harran to generate economic independence by being at the core of the production process.
One of the Turkish partners Istanbul In-BETWEEN, a design plattform founded by Bilgen Coskun and Dilek Öztürk, also the curators of the Atlas Harran design collection, will during the evening present the story of the colllection together with colleagues in The Atlas team. The program will also highlight the social impact of crafts and design, as well as activities within Equal Spaces.
The program will include Ömer Faruk Çelk, District Governor of Harran, curators Bilgen Coşkun and Dilek Öztürk, designers Begüm Cana Özgür, Rebecca Ahlstedt and Erica Jacobson, Suzi Ersahin, former cultural counselor to Sweden in Istanbul, James Taylor-Foster, curator at ArkDes and the Swedish Institute team.
The atlas design collection is curated by Bilgen Coşkun and Dilek Öztürk, founders of IN-BETWEEN Design Platform, designed by Aslı Smith, Barış Gün, Begüm Cana Özgür, DAY Studio, INCOMPLIT and Şule Koç who are based in Istanbul, Turkey. The project is managed by Ömer Faruk Çelik, District Governor of Harran, and realised with ADEM (Family Support Centre) within the Governorship of Harran, dedicated to support women empowerment and encouraging women to take an active role in the social life and thus creating a social