Pazar Bazaar Pazar Bazaar

A while ago a friend asked me to write a short piece on the art scene in Istanbul. A task that has been done a lot in the past years; commenting on a growing art market in Turkey and its positive and negative side effects – as well as the isolated importance of the Istanbul scene for Turkey and the Middle East.

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Malika Si Youcef – Negative Landscape. A studio visit

I met Malika Si Youcef a few weeks ago, a young painter that came all the way from Bordeaux (France) to work in a studio in Istanbul. The studio she rented with her boyfriend, a photographer, was just across the street and I could see them working whenever I looked out of my window.

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Gözde Ilkin at ArtSümer (March 2013)

Gözde Ilkin’s show at ArtSümer is now past. Ilkin usually works with fabric collages and stitchings, creating painting like works with social commentary. For her solo exhibition she created a big installation with an interesting concept – a comment on the gallery system and its mechanism; not especially a new topic, but she showed a clever and sometimes humorist handling.

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