Collective memory rediscovers events

Rumeli Han’s third floor is currently home to a new exhibition by an artist initiative. The works of 10 artists, Berkay Tuncay, Merve Şendil, Hera Büyüktaşçiyan, Elçin Ekinci, Yeni Anıt, Suat Öğüt, Fatma Çiftçi, İrem Tok, Gökçe Süvari and Umut Deniz Kırca aim to discover the potential of art’s power over the concepts of rationality, belonging, temporality, and absolute and personal reality. As the artists tell their fictionalized stories related to those concepts “In the Irregular Topography of the Mind,” they visualize historical material adding their personal interpretations. The works reveal the details of their own histories about visualization. “We …

Women Active in Turkish Art Community

First, I must emphasize that as the norm and not the exception, women have worked side-by-side men in all professional fields in Turkey since the beginning of the Republic; therefore, the topic of women active in Turkey’s art community could be seen as a mundane topic. What is exceptional is the degree of their dedication to their careers and determination to push on while receiving only minimal recognition or reimbursement. The situation for artists is even more complicated than that of other professionals since the lack of consumers or patrons, government support, and museums for contemporary art, means they must …