Ulviye’s Dream, is a cinemagraph series based on and inspired by the women of the War of Independence and early Republican period, who were forgotten even though they had a significant place in history.
It aims to visualise and actualise, in a historical ambiance, the dreams that were mentioned in letters and articles written by women all over Anatolia and sent to be published in “Women’s World”, one of the first women’s magazines.
Cinemagraph is a recently developed image making technique that can be described as animated photography. The cinemagraphs to be prepared, are in accordance with this aim of visualising and actualising. The dreams that were mentioned are to be captured in a moment without beginning or end, between realism and surrealism. In this way, the Project will make the viewers doubt their reality, make a connection between then and now, and it will inspire and empower the Turkish woman, reminding her of both her past and her future.
Ulviye Mevlan was an important figüre in the Ottoman Women’s Movement and an editor at “Women’s World”. She opened many girls’ schools and tailoring workshops so that women can work. Her name “Ulviye” means high, exalted, powerful.
The “Ulviye’s Dream” Project is sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation.
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