08/09/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Following the recent conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque, an art exhibition focused on interfaith dialogue will be hosted in Turkey. The exhibition, “Shared Sacred Sites,” will be displayed at the CerModern art museum in Ankara from November to December. This exhibition came into existence through the help of Osman Kavala, philanthropist and supporter of interfaith dialogue.
Kavala was arrested on false terror charges linked to the Gezi Park Protests, acquitted, and then arrested again for links to the 2016 coup attempt. He has now served over 1,000 days in detention, which has been condemned by multiple human rights organizations. Despite his imprisonment, Kavala continues to carry out philanthropic work, such as helping to facilitate this new exhibition. A great amount of his past work focused on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and this exhibition is another attempt to encourage interfaith dialogue.