16 JUN – 17 JUL 2017

Letter from | Istanbul | 16 JUN - 17 JUL 2017

Letter from Istanbul 

Curated by Morgan Quaintance

Nancy Atakan, Didem Erbaş, Neslihan Koyuncu, Fatih Pınar, Özlem Sarıyıldız, Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Inspired in part by British broadcaster Alistair Cooke’s ‘Letter from America’, a series of radio essays on American history, current affairs, and politics, ‘Letter from Istanbul’ is a group exhibition as dispatch, a project that takes a look at art, culture, history and politics in the city of Istanbul.

In order to create a space in which contemporary art and reportage coexist, the display will feature information regarding the social and political currents charging the city (photographs, video, media materials, etc.) alongside artworks.

A major influence on the development of this approach has been Turkish author Ece Temelkuran’s ‘Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy (2015)’, a book that offers an impressionistic exploration of the country through a deeply personal and essayistic inventory of objects, national events, and personal encounters.

In addition to the exhibition, curator Morgan Quaintance has produced a documentary featuring interviews with cultural producers in the city, shot over two weeks during the recent referendum.

This film will be available online in mid-July, and accompanied by two radio programmes of interviews with sociologists and theorists discussing queer sexualities, women’s voice talk shows, current party politics, crime and the neoliberal city in Turkey. The latter will be broadcasted on June 7th and July 5th on Resonance 104.4FM.

Letter From Istanbul is presented at and supported by Pi Artworks.

EVENT: ‘Letter From Istanbul’ Symposium: Saturday 8 July, 2017, 2:00 – 5:30 pm

The afternoon symposium at Pi Artworks will comprise of short presentations by artists Nancy Atakan, Didem Erbas, Neslihan Koyuncu, Fatih Pınar, and Ozlem Sarıyıldız; followed by an in-conversation led by curator Morgan Quaintance.

Opening night: 15 June 2017, 18:30 – 21:00

Address: Pi Artworks, 55 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8EG

Exhibition opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:00 | Saturday: 11:00 – 18:00

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