Istanbul, a metropole of contradictions and antagonism, a melting pot of cultures, the city on the Bosphorus, the Bridege between Asia and Europe, a place of a moved and long history. Countless descriptions become to stereotypes, even they include also the truth. Latterly the current political changes and tensions  in this area occupied publics attention all over the world.

 

The art scene in Istanbul remained regional and relatively unknown in abroad until the end 80's. The art galleries hadn't  any connections to  the international art fairs and therefore the international art scene was nearly not accecable for the artists. After 2000 the situation changed, not at least because of the european subsidies. The Istanbul Bienial, two new Art Fairs, some new private Art Museums were established and a weidely spreading young artist generation began to discover the city as  theirsource of inspiration that also attracted young artists from abroad.

 

The preparations for an exhibition led me into the colorful cultural life of this 15-Million-Metropole in 2010. The Openness and the vibrancy of the scene impressed me in such a way that I decided to keep a studio permanently. Since that time I commute between Düsseldorf, Istanbul and my place of birth Ankara.

The stay for me in Istanbul is each time especially amazing and stimulating. Nearly every day openings and art occasions take place, which attract a huge public interest.  The city full of colorful shops and uncountable cafes, restaurants, crowded streets, contrasting night life, luminous advertising, tourist in groups were attracting and inspiring me as an artist. I got to know a circle of young artists in a such atmosphere to whom I still maintain connection and friendship. In this context I have to mention the important role of women in this branch which is strongly influenced by female artists, gallerists, curators too.  

 

We realized our first project as a group show in Meerbusch, Germany in the Gallery Konrad Mönter, 2015. Some of us work still together since the experience of this exhibition. This is the reason why we could call the connection as a loose group of artists who keep an eye on each other.  Despite the different approaches one cannot miss the connecting similarities between them or not to recognize the red thread: Dealing with ones own remembrances forms the collective background of the artistical concepts, which possibly question problems of identity and localisation as reaction of uncertain times. 

 

The current political and social changes in Turkey concern the europaen community more intense. These radical changes which can be seriously observed especially in Istanbul will surely not save the art and cultural atmosphere there. The art scene of Istanbul is one of the most interessant and vibrant of the world. We have to wait and see if and when it will survive these period.

 

This exhibition makes it possible -even in a limited scale- to have a sight into the art production there based on the example tree female and to male artists. It surprises with its differences of expression spectrum.

 

Coskun Demirok