Founded by Demet Muftuoglu-Eseli
and Alphan Eseli
in late 2009, ISTANBUL’74
cultivates platforms that connect Istanbul to the international cultural community by bringing global events to the city, making it the first and pioneering international arts and culture platform based in Turkey.
Thriving on creative exchange and operating in non-traditional ways, ISTANBUL’74 hosts everything from pop up shows, festivals and workshops to talks, exhibitions and artistic collaborations that involve leading personalities from all over the world.
ISTANBUL’74’s diverse program combines various creative platforms including fashion, film, music, art, design architecture and performing arts, stimulating audiences, encouraging collective involvement, and creating an innovative dialogue between creative minds in Istanbul and the rest of the world.
Special ISTANBUL’74 events and exhibitions travel all over the world and establish new partnerships and pathways in effort to foster and introduce new dynamics between cities.
ISTANBUL’74’s art space is situated in one of Istanbul’s oldest districts – Karaköy. While acting as the head office of Istanbul’74, the art space will double as a creative cross-platform to exhibit all mediums of contemporary art with a program covering both local and international artists.
Located in Süha Fazlı Han’s first floor and housed in a 150-year-old İşhanı (which can literally be translated as business-inn), the space offers 160 square meters of uninterrupted space with wooden floor, chalk white walls and double-height ceiling. Setting up an art space within a century old inn is an interesting experience for us; Süha Fazl Han was once an office building occupied by merchants… The historic facade of the L-shaped building and the rest of the common areas perfectly contours the minimal, modern indoor space.
In the second half of the 19th century, Karaköy has become the financial district of Istanbul with banks establishing their headquarters in the neighborhood. And in the 20th century the district established itself as the trade center of Istanbul. Nowadays the quarter is going through a trans- formation. With century-old buildings converted to studios and workspace, today Karakoy is becoming home to contemporary art galleries (the largest modern art museum in the city is also located in Karakoy), artist studios, creative design agencies as well as boutique hotels, established and hip eateries that attract an eclectic visitor profile who are mainly culture seekers.