Realized by: Begüm Özden Fırat, Aylin Kuryel, Ahmet Murat Öğüt, Emre Yeksan
2016, 20', Turkish with English subtitles

Welcome Lenin chronicles the story of the Lenin statue, most likely thrown away after the collapse of the Soviet Union, traveled for almost two years in the Black Sea to be eventually put “under protection” in a dusty storage room in a municipality building in a remote village in Turkey.

Oh Willy…

Oh Willy…

Over

Over

Fish Pond

Fish Pond

Merkür

Merkür

Welcome Lenin

Welcome Lenin

Carlotta’s Face

Carlotta’s Face

Idle, Torrent

Idle, Torrent

Symbols

Symbols

Pera Museum’s Cold Front from the Balkans exhibition curated by Ali Akay and Alenka Gregorič brings together contemporary artists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

The Ottoman Way of Serving Coffee

The Ottoman Way of Serving Coffee

Coffee was served with much splendor at the harems of the Ottoman palace and mansions. First, sweets (usually jam) was served on silverware, followed by coffee serving. The coffee jug would be placed in a sitil (brazier), which had three chains on its sides for carrying, had cinders in the middle, and was made of tombac, silver or brass. The sitil had a satin or silk cover embroidered with silver thread, tinsel, sequin or even pearls and diamonds.

Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel

Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel

In 1998 Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu collaborated on an obvious remake of Marcel Duchamp’s Roue de Bicyclette, his first “readymade” object. Duchamp combined a bicycle wheel, a fork and a stool to create a machine which served no purpose, subverting accepted norms of art.