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Istanbul-Off-Spaces exhibition and event in Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, is meant to draw attention to a phenomenon that has arisen in recent years: the increasing number and growing influence of project groups and independent non-commercial art spaces in Istanbul.
In Istanbul, art project spaces act as important locations for social discourse and discussions about civil society. As a result of increasing internationalization, but also as a consequence of growing independence and burgeoning self-awareness, locations, publishers, magazines and players in the field of contemporary visual arts have established themselves as outstanding elements of social and political discourse.
The activities in Berlin are aimed at initiating a dialogue between these projects and their protagonists offering a presentation platform in Berlin.
Founded in 2008
Members: Nancy Atakan, Volkan Aslan, Marcus Graf
Founded in 1999 by Selda Asal
Members: Selda Asal, Zeren Göktan, Ceren Oykut, Serra Özhan, Can Turkinan
Members: Gonca Sezer, Yeşim Ağaoğlu
Started in 2006
Members: Gülçin Aksoy, Gözde İlkin, Yasemin Nur Toksoy
Started in 2007
Members: Dilan Gümüş, Erdinç Gümüş, Sesil Beatris Kalayciyan
Hafriyat & Hafriyat-Karaköy
Started as a group in 1996. Opened its space in Karaköy in 2007
Members: Murat Akagündüz, Banu Birecikligil, Antonio Cosentino, Fulya Çetin, Nazim Dikbaş, Extrastruggle, İnci Furni, Tan Cemal Genç, Hakan Gürsoytrak, Mustafa Pancar, Neriman Polat, Nalan Yırtmaç
Kurye Video Organization
Members: Irmak Arkman, Ceren Arkman, Mert Şahbaz
Since 2006. Uses a special table glass cabinet as exhibition space
Members: Önder Özengi, Vahit Tuna, Sinem Kurultay
Nomad & Upgrade!Istanbul
Members: Basak Şenova, Emre Erkal, Erhan Muratoğlu, Hakan Guleryuz, Funda Şenova
Members: Seçil Yersel, Özge Açikkol, Güneş Savaş
They turned their collaboration into an art project in 2000
Functions as an international collective since 2000
Members: Ahmet Atif Akin, Güven İncirlioğlu, Hakan Topal, Mahir M. Yavuz
Istanbul-Off-Spaces is a Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Exhibition, supported by the Capital Culture Fund, conceived and planned by Stéphane Bauer and Sencer Vardarman.
Independent Art Spaces in Dialogue
Exhibitions and Events
4 July -
16 Aug. 2009