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Istanbuls Today

December 23, 2022 - April 30, 2023

Istanbuls Today is a photography exhibition that offers a comprehensive look into contemporary visual narratives from various Istanbuls that are shaped and experienced concurrently with the hope of creating a layered and innovative view of Istanbul's present.

The exhibition, including thematic urban landscapes, provides a viewing space for the latest unexhibited works of 11 photographers who live in Istanbul with varying relations with the city and who create art in their own unique styles.

These themes range from the city's topography of emptiness, loneliness, eeriness and incongruousness to its socio-political activities, the migration issue that has become more evident in the last decade to young individuals who took refuge in Istanbul to live without being labeled as the other, the Istanbul Canal project, which is one of the mega projects in Türkiye whose numbers have increased exponentially in recent years, to the practice of interpreting the city as a personal interaction space, and works dealing with the ordinarily extraordinary oddities of the city.

Curated by Refik Akyüz and Serdar Darendeliler, Istanbuls Today offers an attempt at a critical and creative visual interpretation of the period we live in, while also creating a space of discovery for photographers who have crossed paths with the current state of Istanbul, which has been photographed with passion, curiosity and excitement throughout history. Thus, it captures the diversity of photographers today. Istanbuls Today is enriched with articles penned for the catalogue by seven different academics, researchers and writers, who work, do research, think or create fiction about the subjects covered in the exhibition, inspired by the works of the exhibited artists.  

Artists: Silva Bingaz, Osman Bozkurt, Ci Demi, Kıvılcım S. Güngörün, Ekin Özbiçer, Emin Özmen, Ahmet Sel, Ali Taptık, Kerem Uzel, Erdem Varol, Cansu Yıldıran 

Authors: Yaşar Adnan Adanalı, Fırat Genç, Şebnem İşigüzel, Melisa Kesmez, Biray Kolluoğlu, Gamze Toksoy, Sibel Yardımcı

 

Kerem Uzel
Syrian immigrants play football on an empty field near Küçükçekmece which will be mainly allocated for luxury housing, June 2020
From the series Awaiting Transformation
2020 Archival Pigment Print
35x50 cm
Courtesy of the Artist

Silva Bingaz
From the series The Transformative Soul Deep Within, 2012-2022
Archival Pigment Print
60x90 cm
Courtesy of the Artist

Ci Demi
From the series Signs That Everything Is Going Wrong, 2016-2022
UV printing on wallpaper
365x462.5 cm
Courtesy of the Artist

Ekin Özbiçer
From the series Auto-orientalism, 2014-2022
Courtesy of the Artist

Exhibition Catalogue

Istanbuls Today

Istanbuls Today

Curated by Refik Akyüz and Serdar Darendeliler, Istanbuls Today offers an attempt at a critical and creative visual interpretation of the period we live in, while also creating a space of discovery for photographers who have crossed paths with the current state of Istanbul, which has been photographed with passion, curiosity and excitement throughout history. Thus, it captures the diversity of photographers today. 

Istanbuls Today Exhibition Tour

Istanbuls Today Exhibition Tour

Istanbuls Today is a photography exhibition that offers a comprehensive look into contemporary visual narratives from various Istanbuls that are shaped and experienced concurrently with the hope of creating a layered and innovative view of Istanbul's present

The Beaten Track

Within the scope of the exhibition Istanbuls Today, which opened at Pera Museum in December, the program includes nine film examples from experimental, documentary and fiction genres. The word “uğrak” (the beaten track), which is thought to originate from the Turkish-Mongolian language family, means to stop by and go. The word uğrak, transformed over the years to mean to make a temporary stop and to go frequently, allows us to show the films that transform Istanbul into a place of a haunt.


Pera Learning

Stories of Our Time

Pera Museum Learning Programs organizes “Stories of Our Time” in parallel with the exhibitions Paula Rego: The Story of Stories and Istanbuls Today. The program offers fun and inspiring exhibition tours, and online/face-to-face workshops.

Istanbuls Today
Workshops with Artists

Pera Museum Learning Programs organizes artist workshops for adults as part of the Istanbuls Today exhibition. 

Female Attires from the Perspective of Painters

Female Attires from the Perspective of Painters

Due to its existence behind closed doors, the lifestyle and attires of the women in the Harem have been one of the most fascinating topics for western painters and art enthusiasts alike.

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.

#VideoPopPera A Special Exhibition Tour

#VideoPopPera A Special Exhibition Tour

Pera Museum’s Instagram account was taken over by “This is Not A Love Song” exhibition’s project managers Fatma Çolakoğlu and Ulya Soley!