Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury tackles the dynamics, the changes and the cultural demands of contemporary Turkey, a bridge between the western and eastern worlds. Starting out with the recent protests at Gezi Park, the exhibition examines five major themes: urban transformations; political conflicts and resistance; innovative models of production; geopolitical urgencies; hope.
When Turkey leapt into industrialisation, Istanbul once again became the most important centre of the country. The 1950s and 1960s saw a mass migration of Turkeys rural population to the city. This migration brought with it important cultural shifts, but also social conflict. Non-Muslim citizens were the victims of an ethnic cleansing that pushed many Jews, Greeks, Armenians and Levantines into leaving the country. Moreover, in recent decades the conflict between Turkish Republic and PKK (the Kurdistan Workers Party) has caused the emigration of the Kurdish population towards the West. Yet currently Turkey is trying to accommodate two million Syrian refugees. This history leads to the question: can Istanbul really be a home for all?
The invited artists and architects:
Hamra Abbas, Can Altay & Jeremiah Day, Halil Altındere, Emrah Altınok, Architecture For All (Herkes İçin Mimarlık), Volkan Aslan, Fikret Atay, Atelier Istanbul: Arnavutköy, Vahap Avşar, İmre Azem & Gaye Günay, Osman Bozkurt, Angelika Brudniak & Cynthia Madansky, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Antonio Cosentino, Burak Delier, Cem Dinlenmiş, Cevdet Erek, İnci Eviner, Extrastruggle, Nilbar Güreş, Ha Za Vu Zu, Emre Hüner, Ali Kazma, Sinan Logie & Yoann Morvan, Networks of Dispossession, Nejla Osseiran, Ceren Oykut, Pınar Öğrenci, Ahmet Öğüt, Didem Özbek, Şener Özmen, PATTU, Didem Pekün, Zeyno Pekünlü, Mario Rizzi, Sarkis, SO?, Superpool, ŞANALarc, Ali Taptık, Serkan Taycan, Cengiz Tekin, Güneş Terkol, Nasan Tur.
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