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 …

In conversation with Aikaterini Gegisian and Fatma Çiftçi

The three-day trip served not only as a testing ground of new ideas but also as a way of understanding how we look at and think about images. While exploring the landscape and searching for evidence of the erosion, we also discussed how we could work together and what such collaboration might entail. I remember that upon our return and looking through our photographic documentation in order to write an initial proposal for a joint project, we paused at a sign written on a wall of a building “There is no God”.