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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Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Each memory tells an intimate story; each collection presents us with the reality of containing an intimate story as well. The collection is akin to a whole in which many memories and stories of the artist, the viewer, and the collector are brought together. At the heart of a collection is memory, nurtured from the past and projecting into the future.

Il Cavallo di Leonardo

Il Cavallo di Leonardo

In 1493, exactly 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci was finishing the preparations for casting the equestrian monument (4 times life size), which Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan commissioned in memory of his father some 12 years earlier. 

Transition to Sculpture

Transition to Sculpture

If Manolo Valdés’s paintings convey a search for materiality, his sculpture does so even more. Today, sculpture has taken over most of his workspace, his time, and his efforts.