About TOTIL PUBLICATION & MEDIA PRODUCTION
Based on a precisely clear-cut ground and objectives, with a diversity of means and tools "which do not contradict with principles and objectives" we incorporated "TOTIL PUBLICATION & MEDIA PRODUCTION" in Istanbul, Turkey. Within its activities the newborn institution focuses on monitoring, collecting and publicizing the creative production "thought, fiction, literature and arts" of creative persons who descend from the arena that "we" refer to as "The Shadow of Periphery" – In terms of publishing - "Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Mauritania, Chad and Mali". Although it takes priority yet, this does not mean neglecting the profoundly renowned creative persons and products from the rest of the world.
The motive and incentive factor to launch this intellectual, cultural and creative project, stem from the above mentioned mission and objectives; and choosing Turkey as a launching pad is not a coincidence; because, due to the status quo in the Arab arena, its exasperatingly accumulating entails and, the presence of Turkey as a key player, due to its geopolitical location, especially during and after what is known as " the Arab spring" when Turkey became a secure refuge for millions of Arab refugees from neighboring countries who fled the tyranny of rulers. Vast majority of these refugees came from countries considered as part of the CENTRE of publishing industry – in the Arab world- and, most of them have no slightest idea about creative production of the "SHADOW of PERIPHERY". Abridging this gap is our major mission which goes side by side with translation, to and fro Arabic language.
The founders of "TOTIL PUBLICATION & MEDIA PRODUCTION" noticed the domination of economic and political issues in the Arab-Turkish relations, whilst – given the presence of millions of Arab citizens in Turkey- there is, almost, an absolute absence of culture, arts and the means of communication and knowledge transfer and exchange, between two nations linked together by history, geography, religion, culture and traditions. Although the importance of economy and politics in the field of international relations is unquestionable, but, economy is bounded to the laws of supply and demand, while politics is subject to the balance of interest. On the other hand, science, culture, arts and the media through which it is delivered, are, essentially, trans-borders elements, that do not comply with restrictions. And even when politics and economy unite – as usual- to contain culture and arts within its narrow boundaries –which is happening now- human creativity turns to an action that breaks restraints and crosses all borders.
"TOTIL PUBLICATION & MEDIA PRODUCTION" will soon unveil its first published collection of books, with a strict commitment to implant a seed of a new styles and ethics –be it with writers or their products- in the field of publication industry, in terms of form and content. Another significant activity at the same event, will be the inauguration of the first comprehensive Arabic bookstore in Turkey, where there is a place for each and every Arabic or translated creative, scientific and educational books, along with a special wing dedicated to Fine-Arts' Gallery, in addition to singular and collective exhibitions.
As part of the consistent mosaic of events and activities "TOTIL" organizes annual Book Fair that gathers publishers from all over the world, in an attempt to throw a stone into the stagnant stream of cultural transfer and exchange, specifically among Arab refugees and immigrants, in their willingly or compulsory exiles. Collateral activities, such as seminars, lectures, workshops, poetry readings and debates shall be vital part of the fair.
In our plan, we scheduled many other minor activities –in size- but have major –output- in relation with objectives and targeted communities "books' launching, conferences and symposiums discussing different cultural, social development, climate changes, media and communications and other topics".