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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2001 ➔ The Ottoman Family in the New Millennium


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Francis Namuk-Banbury (designer)




The identities of those who lived during the reign of the Ottoman Empire is well  documented, but there has been a distinct lack of documentation during the past 75  years. This project will identify the primary direct descendants of the family, who were  exiled in March 1924. Due to the fact that they remained in exile until 1974, for exactly  half a century after their expulsion, there has been a loss in communication between  many members of the family. This loss of communication translates into a loss of  culture and identity.  

The underlying concept is to re-unite the scattered family members of the Ottoman  Empire, and record their personal testimonies. This project relates to the universal  sense of loss of one’s cultural history, and Identity.



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