Turkey hosts its first graffiti show
An exhibition of street art opened this week at the Pera Museum in Istanbul
By Pac Pobric. Web only
Published online: 14 August 2014
The Pera Museum in Istanbul is hosting the country’s first ever exhibition dedicated to graffiti. “Language of the Wall”, which opened on Wednesday and runs until 5 October, includes more than 20 artists from the US, France, Germany, Japan and Turkey and features prominent early artists such as Futura and Cope2, both from New York. It also includes photography by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, who documented New York’s graffiti scene in the 1980s.
The curator Roxane Ayral has also invited a number of the artists to create new outdoor murals in Istanbul with the permission of local authorities. According to an article published by the Cihan News Agency, Ayral organised the show after spending time in France, where graffiti is highly visible. “It is more than painting gray walls,” she said at a press conference. “Your life might change if you pass in front of something painted on a wall.”
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