Contemporary art Turkey

Coming soon to Istanbul, 40 international artists' residencies

The Moving Museum organises ambitious project starting this summer

Ming Wong is an invited artist. Image from his Bülent Wongsoy: Biji Diva!, 2014

Forty international artists, including Hito Steyerl of Germany and Switzerland’s Mai-Thu Perret, are due to head to Istanbul later this year for an artists' residency programme. The Moving Museum, a London-based non-profit organisation, is behind the three-month project (August to October). Twelve Turkish artists, including Nilbar Güres and Asli Cavusoglu, will also participate.

Each artist has been commissioned to work on “a local project aimed at making a lasting impact on the city”, says a press statement. The residencies will culminate in an exhibition due to open in October (the Istanbul-based venue is to be announced).

Simon Sakhai, a co-founder of the Moving Museum, says: “During our research, we found that the last major international residency programme discontinued a few years ago. We couldn’t believe that a city like Istanbul, with its rich cultural heritage, burgeoning art scene, and geopolitical significance no longer had this important cultural link to the rest of the world.”

The Moving Museum will occupy two spaces including a 6,000 sq. ft warehouse, run by the local publishing house Near East, which will serve as a residency headquarters. The venue, located in the central district of Dolapdere, will host talks, workshops and exhibitions.

The second venue is the Caferiye han on the Golden Horn, a centre for the textile industry dating from the 19th century. “We are taking on several studios there for Moving Museum artists as well as a retail space within the complex for site-specific projects,” says Aya Mousawi, a co-founder of the Moving Museum. “We think it will be an exciting opportunity to engage with the local community and utilise the amazing resources of the surrounding area and grand bazaar.”

The Vinyl Factory, a London-based company that produces vinyl editions and organises exhibitions, is a founding partner, providing core funding for the scheme. Mousawi says: “We are continuing to fundraise through various sponsors, cultural institutions and foundations, both locally and internationally. The Institut Français and the Australian Embassy in Turkey, for example, are supporting their national artists in a modest, but nonetheless valuable, way.”

The Moving Museum presents contemporary art shows worldwide. It launched its first exhibition early last year in Dubai; a second iteration opened in October in London, coinciding with Frieze London.

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27 Jun 14
16:52 CET


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