The Akdamar Church of the Holy Cross Photo Exhibition, organized by the Turkish Presidency Communications Office as part of the project “The Hidden Monuments of Anatolia Coming to Light” and featuring the photos by İzzet Keribar, has opened in New York, Daily Sabah reports.
The reception, which was held at the White Space Chelsea exhibition hall in Manhattan, was attended by Turkey’s Consul General in New York Alper Aktaş, Turkish Armenian Patriarchate Governor Şahak Maşaliyan, Armenian Foundations Community President Bedros Şirinoğlu, Turkish Minority Community Foundation Representative Moris Levi, Syriac Ancient Church Foundation President Sait Suşin, American Orthodox Church Archbishop Elpidophoros Lambriniadis and the representatives of Turkish and Armenian communities.
The program started with a piano performance by pianist Şahan Arzruni and continued with a film titled “The Hidden Monuments of Anatolia Coming to Light: Akdamar,” featuring the Akdamar Church.
Speaking at the ceremony, Turkish Armenian Patriarchate Governor Şahak Maşaliyan said that his wish and the wish of many others in his community has been fulfilled with the displaying in New York of the photographs of the Akdamar Church, which is part of the Armenian civilization and which has survived thousands of years of abrasion.
“This is a cultural initiative to overcome the difficulties of communication between the Turkish and Armenian peoples, as well as a bridge to a better future and understanding based on goodwill.”
The show, featuring 88 photos, will be open to visitors until Friday.