“Outcast Europe” presents an exhibition of personal items, offered by residents of six European countries – Greece, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Czech and Hungary. The items carry the personal experiences of their owners and at the same time contain the impact of migration experience in the group conscience of the respective countries, and therefore of Europe.
Books of Ali Bolat i
Ali B.Ali grew up in Ankara. His parents wanted him to stay in Ankara for university, but his dream was to be a journalist. He secretly decided to apply for univerity in Istambul, where he later finished his studies. He started to write an articles to local newspapers. He was very open and wrote topics that were highly controversial in a Muslim country (LGBT). Soon he wrote his first book. There were two kissing boys on the cover of the book, something unthinkable in conservative Turkey. Booksellers refused to sell this book. The publisher has been interrogated several times by the police. But he still had a courage to publish another book, that had again a very controversial cover. It was called "The Whore" and on the cover was a naked girl in the position of a crucified Jesus. All booksellers and publishers refused to cooperate with him. He decided to leave the country when when the Turkish parliament refused Kurdish people as members of parliament in 2016. He was too scared, that he will be persecuted as a gay and a Kurdish. He asked for asylum in Czechia.
Photo of Mr. Ivan Medek and the first president of Czech Republic Vaclav Havel i
Family Medek .Mrs. Helena Medkova met her husband Ivan Medek during the studies at Academy of Fine arts in Prague. He was one of the first people who signed Charta 77, that was an informal civic initiative in communist Czechoslovakia. All who signed this document were persecuted, interrogated and after they signed, their life changed rapidly. Mr. Medek was fired and he decided to leave the country. Emigration to Vienna was succesfull and Mrs. Medkova left the country shortly after him. They got asylum and started a new life in Vienna, she taught piano in music school and Ivan Medek worked for the Voice of America. They organised help for dissidents in Czechoslovakia. After Velvet revolution Ivan Medek got a call from new Czech president Vaclav Havel (who was also his friend), if he wants to work for him. Ivan Medek worked for presidental office and later as a chancellor for Vaclav Havel till 1998. He has received several state awards for bravery and service to his homeland.