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Two years after giving birth to a human being, I realized that my body and mind had become entities, two different systems: one, a figure of unity and strength, the other caught in an interminable state of disfigurement. No matter how hard I tried to ignore my body “becoming animal,” as Deleuze and Guattari would say, no matter how much I laughed in the face of post-partum depression tales, I could not have my life back as it was before. I was stuck in this simultaneous nightmare and heaven... [more]
On a regular Tuesday night in the fall of 2016, the emergency room of a central hospital in Istanbul echoes with a scream. Hardly understandable, in a foreign language. Not Turkish, not completely English, possibly Arabic. A woman demands help for her toddler, who’s burning up, unconscious. The doctors are trying to explain to her, in English, that she brought her child to a private hospital and she needs to pay a lot of money before her child gets treated. Being a refugee, desperate for help,... [more]
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İnci Eviner in Retrospective: “There Is No Woman, Only Symbols, Images, and Representations”   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Inci Eviner at Istanbul Modern June 22nd, 2016 - October 23rd, 2016
Posted 7/7/16
only in dark the light,only in dying life:bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky.             —The Creation of Ea Ursula K. Le Guin, Tehanu   İnci Eviner is a gatherer: she collects the memory of crowds, unearths folk narratives, and retells their stories in her own language. She is a hunter: she traces misogyny, detects hierarchy, and targets it with the tools of a unique feminist visual lexicon. Although she doesn’t specifically identify her work as feminist, Eviner dissolves... [more]
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Mourning As Political Act: Women Artists from Turkey Seek What's Hidden in Loss   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Canan, Fulya Çetin, Evrim Kavcar, Neriman Polat, Arzu Yayıntaş, Nalan Yırtmaç at Karşı Sanat March 25th, 2016 - April 17th, 2016
Posted 4/12/16
“Will women always die? Let some men die too. I killed him for my honor,” uttered Çilem Doğan, defending herself with a heartfelt statement. Arrested for murdering her abusive husband, who beat her—even while she was pregnant—and forced her into prostitution, Doğan resisted the long-term abuse one day and shot her husband with bullets originally aimed at her. Doğan’s story isn’t unique within Turkey’s long history of violence—domestic and otherwise—though she is one of the lucky ones who... [more]
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Get Up to Speed with Istanbul’s Galleries and Emerging Artist Spaces   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Contemporary Istanbul November 12th, 2015 - November 15th, 2015
Posted 11/11/15
Hosting 102 leading and emerging galleries from 24 countries, Contemporary Istanbul (CI) is one of Istanbul’s top international art fairs. More than its younger counterpart ArtInternational, CI presents the best that the local scene has to offer, and although it mainly brings together high-end commercial galleries, CI also hosts non-profits, artist initiatives, and even hybrid galleries that question the notion of “fine arts.” With its “Emerging” sector and wide range of Istanbul exhibitors,... [more]
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Contemporary Istanbul Emerging Gallery Spotlight: Mixer   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Contemporary Istanbul November 12th, 2015 - November 15th, 2015
Posted 11/10/15
            —Hans Georg Gadamer   Almost every artwork needs a spectator, and artists need a platform to connect their work with those viewers. While today these platforms vary, artists still need spaces—be it the conventional gallery or the digital realm—that are able to reach and mobilize a broad audience. Galleries still matter: they not only provide artists with a means for professional and personal development, but they also help make a city attractive to both artists and arts patrons,... [more]
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14th Istanbul Biennial: Saltwater Dissolves Fiction in the Truth of Desolation   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Istanbul Biennial September 5th, 2015 - November 1st, 2015
Posted 9/8/15
On September 3rd, social media went wild with a distressing image of a dead Syrian boy lying face down in the sand after his tiny body was washed ashore from the saltwater of the Mediterranean Sea. Fleeing from war in Syria, seeking refuge in Europe, the little boy died when one of the boats, carrying six Syrians, sank after leaving Akyarlar, Turkey, in a desperate attempt to cross the sea straight to Kos, Greece. That same day, the 14th Istanbul Biennial, with its theme held its press... [more]
Los Angeles County Art Museum has been serving as a fortress of non-Western Contemporary art in California. With previous exhibitions concentrating on the Far and the Middle East, LACMA has made promising attempts to alter the Western hegemony in Western institutions by showcasing non-Western art. With its current exhibition , LACMA presents a cross section of Middle Eastern and Islamic Art (for want of better terms). However, when we look closer at the tendencies of North American and Western... [more]
The socio-economic events of the late 80s were the harbingers of new cultural forms that gave rise to global interactions and to the transgression of art beyond its conventional sphere in the Euro-American world. Large-scale international exhibitions provided new platforms for cross-cultural dialogues, questioning political and aesthetic definitions in a so-called globalized art world. Recently, the center has shifted again towards the former peripheries, while making these fringes a... [more]