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Yıldız Moran

Timeless Photographs

November 27, 2013 - January 19, 2014

The first female photographer of Turkey to have received an academic training, Yıldız Moran (1932-1995) was presented to audiences through a comprehensive exhibition for the first time at Pera Museum.

Moran began her career in photography with great passion, only to give it up after marrying Özdemir Asaf, another great passion in her life. Nevertheless, during her brief career, Moran was able to produce significant and variegated work after studying with the famous photographer John Vickers in Britain. Her first solo exhibition in Cambridge was followed by those in Istanbul, Ankara, London, and Edinburgh.

Besides her technical prowess and her masterful use of light, Yıldız Moran was a photographer who put her soul, intellect, and heart - in other words her whole self - into her work, thereby lending depth to her images. This comprehensive exhibition, a “retrospective” in a sense, aims to present Moran’s inner voice through a new reading that focuses on the traces of her visibility within the history of Turkish and international photography.

With many photographs to be seen for the first time (along with a limited number of others Moran has become famous for), the exhibition offered an opportunity to meet a figure that had until now remained in the dark - the first “schooled” female photographer of Turkey.

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Exhibition Catalogue

Yıldız Moran

Yıldız Moran

The first female photographer of Turkey to have received an academic training, Yıldız Moran's photographs (1932-1995) was presented in a comprehensive exhibition for the first time at Pera...

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Good News from the Skies

Good News from the Skies

Inspired by the exhibition And Now the Good News, which focusing on the relationship between mass media and art, we prepared horoscope readings based on the chapters of the exhibition. Using the popular astrological language inspired by the effects of the movements of celestial bodies on people, these readings with references to the works in the exhibition make fictional future predictions inspired by the horoscope columns that we read in the newspapers with the desire to receive good news about our day. 

Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord <br> Hakan Bıçakcı

Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord
Hakan Bıçakcı

Three people sleeping side by side. On the uncomfortable seats of the stuffy airplane in the air. Three friends. I’m the friend in the window seat. The other two are a couple, Emre and Melisa. I’m alone, they are together. And another difference. I’ve only closed my eyes. They are asleep.

Horror Vacui <br> Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Horror Vacui
Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017.