Josephine Powell
Volkmann-Treffen 2004
in Traunstein, Oct. 15-17, 2004
In collaboration with
ARTS Kulturfördervereinigung Traunstein e.V.

Hommage à Josephine Powell

Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends,

I would like to announce the opening of the exhibition "Tents, Kilim and Camels - Nomads in Anatolia" in the Gallery Klosterkirche on September 17, 2004 at 7 p.m. whose curator is Harald Böhmer. Relevantly furnished dwellings will provide a glimpse into the nomadic life style: a goat hair tent of the Yürük from the Taurus Mountains, a round Turcoman yurt and another goat hair tent of East Anatolian Kurds will inform about the highly developed technical and artistic abilities of the women of the nomadic peoples of Anatolia.

You will recollect the exhibition "Form and Colour" - The Anatolian Kilim" which was shown in the Klosterkirche Traunstein in the year 2000 and the subsequent colloquium there.

Through the good intervention of Max Leonhard we have been assured of the use of the Assembly Room of the Landratsamt Traunstein on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17. ARTS, the Association for the advancement of art, invites all participants of the Volkmann Meeting to an evening opening of the Klosterkirche on Friday, October 17, 2004 at 7 p.m.

This Volkmann Meeting would like to use Harald Böhmer's exhibit as a venue to pay tribute to the achievements of Josephine Powell who was born in Manhattan and has been living in Istanbul for many years, an American nomad, as Cornucopia called her in issue 30. Few of you had the opportunity to see the Anatolian kilims collected by her and on view in Istanbul during the first two weeks of September 2003. But all of you know her photographs recording her research travels through Anatolia, Iran and Afghanistan all the way to Pakistan and beyond. Josephine undertook her trips already at the end of the fifties of our last century, a time that took little interest in the situation of the nomadic peoples of Anatolia and further east. She photographed everything that came in front of her lens, as she likes to put it. People in the field recognize more and more the importance of her field research about the nomads of Anatolia and her documentation of their textiles that she began almost fifty years ago and still continues.

The presentations of the participants of the Volkmann Meeting 2004 are not limited to the nomads of Anatolia but embrace topics from the Maghreb through the Middle East, onto India and over to the Navajo of New Mexico. The binding element of the textile products of the nomadic groups is the application of different techniques and materials and the use of specific pattern elements. Social Aspects as well as their habitat play a role in this context.

The goal of the Volkmann Meeting 2004 is to further strongly the knowledge about "Adopt-a-Kilim", a project started by American friends, and thus help Josephine Powell in her efforts to settle her vast and important collection in a foundation, ultimately housed in Istanbul and open to all interested in the field.

We are planning a dinner on Saturday evening, October 16, 2004 in the restaurant of the Traunsteiner Hof for the participants of the Volkmann Meeting. The owner of the Parkhotel, Mr. Schweiger, has kindly consented to break the rule of the Saturday closure and open his restaurant for us that night. We hope you understand that for reasons of organization we have to order in advance a menu consisting of either a fish or a meat course. The participants will have to settle their own dinner bill at Euro 27.50 plus drinks.

I cordially invite you to Traunstein for the weekend of October 15 to 17. Let us celebrate an Hommage to Josephine Powell together!

With best regards

Christian Erber

P.S. Please remember that it is never too late for registration!
But: Early registrations facilitate the work.

N.B. The Volkmann Meeting 2005 will probably take place in Munich at Oct. 15, 2005.

In retrospect Volkmanntreffen 2003

Copyright © 2004 Christian Erber