16 JUN -17 JULY 2017
Letter from | Istanbul | 16 JUN - 17 JUL 2017
Letter from Istanbul
15 Jun – 17 July,
Pi Artworks, London
Curated by Morgan Quaintance
Featuring: Nancy Atakan, Didem Erbaş, Neslihan Koyuncu, Fatih Pınar, Özlem Sarıyıldız, and 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’ was a group exhibition as dispatch, a project that took 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 coexisted, the display featured information regarding the social and political currents charging the city (photographs, video, media materials, etc.) alongside artworks.
A major influence on the development of that approach was 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 produced a documentary featuring interviews with cultural producers in the city, shot over two weeks during the April 2017 referendum.
Letter From Istanbul was presented at and supported by Pi Artworks.