Ekin Çekiç Niels Ackermann & Sébastien Gobert Charles Fréger Ilona Szwarc Ümit Savacı


Sarah Cooper & Nina Gorfer / Bediz Yıldırım: Construction Of An Image

Saturday, May 4th, 3PM.
Location: Yapı Kredi bomontiada ALT – Performance Hall

How to construct an image to reflect a certain history, a myth?

Every Cooper & Gorfer project is bound to be compelling, and their series Interruptions, featured at the festival, is undoubtedly the one that stands out most. Interruptions focuses on portraits of Sweden’s Sámi women from different generations. During the frosty February of 2016, the duo travelled to the higher latitudes of Sweden to meet the indigenous people of the north, Sámi women of varied ages and professions, enter their lives and listen to their life stories. Different sections of these narratives are collated in their images to create multi-layered portraitures – images that oscillate between the collective struggles of womanhood and an interrupted culture, to personal stories of illness and individual hardship.

The results are striking and radiant. The complex face of humanity is shown in their work in the form of fragments from both the past and present. The artistic disciplines of photography and painting are blurred through the duo’s work and much like an expressionist painter; they construct each image with incredible detail, colour and components like no other. In this conversation with 212 editor Zeynep Erekli, the duo will discuss their practice and the universe they have meticulously created in the name of visual storytelling.

Niels Ackermann & Osman Nuri Iyem: Looking For Lenin

Saturday, May 4th, 5PM
Location: Yapı Kredi bomontiada ALT – Performance Hall

Swiss documentary photographer Niels Ackermann will be discussing the renowned series he co-authored with French journalist and writer Sébastien Gobert, Looking for Lenin, during the course of this talk. The photographer will be walking the audience through his striking photographs in pursuit of toppled Lenin statues all around Ukraine while discussing how to deal with historical legacy of an unwanted past and what comes next after decommunization.

Osman Nuri Iyem is an artist, director and curator, He is the co-founder of Taseron Independent Art Initiative and the creative director of Evin Art Gallery. He studied film and photography at the University of Miami between 2006 and 2009, and graduated in Film and Television at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2011, with the second-highest marks in his year. He completed his Master’s at the Paris School of Art and Culture (University of Kent), with his thesis on, ‘The Relevance of Brecht: a Case Study of Differentiation Techniques on Contemporary Media’. He attended a summer film school at FAMU, as well as Abbas and Richard Kalvar’s photography workshops at MAGNUM. His works have been published in various books and magazines, as well as being exhibited both nationally and internationally. He lives and works in Istanbul.

Han Tümertekin & Cemal Emden: Redefining Architecture

Saturday, May 4th, 7 PM
Location: Yapı Kredi bomontiada ALT – Performance Hall

They will speak about their professional relationship and how their works evolved during their close friendship. It will be interesting to appreciate and comprehend how these two idols worked together for so long. This conversation will reveal their contribution to each other’s work.

Han Tümertekin is a practicing architect based in Istanbul. In addition to Istanbul, Atelier Han Tümertekin is settled in Strasbourg in 2014. Cemal Emden founded Studio Architecture in 1992 where he continues his architectural and photographic work.

Ilona Szwarc: My Characters Never Fully Become

Sunday, May 5th, 3PM
Location: Yapı Kredi bomontiada ALT – Performance Hall

Ilona Szwarc’s photographic practice focuses on the mutable themes of identity and how it is conditioned by culture. The strength of her practice is due to the basis of her work on being a woman and an immigrant. There are many layers to unpack in each of her images, sequences, and projects connected by these through-lines. Showing two of her impressive series at the festival, Rodeo Girls and American Girls, the artist will be talking about her innovative and complex techniques within this presentation.

Seyhan Özdemir Sarper & Emre Dörter: Distant Geographies

Sunday, May 5th, 5 PM
Location: Yapı Kredi bomontiada ALT – Performance Hall

As a younger generation from Cemal (Emden) and Han (Tümertekin), Emre and Seyhan will speak about how photography and architecture feeds one another. As they worked together in various projects, they have become friends and worked together even more easily. They will speak about how these two professions helps each other to reflect an architectural space.

Dilan Bozyel : “Paris- Beirut: A Happiness Route”

Tuesday, May 7th, 6 PM
Location: Yapı Kredi bomontiada ALT – Performance Hall

A photographer from Diyarbakır, Bozyel focuses on exploration and interrogation of society’s identity and gender discriminations, with her street photography and diary notes from across Europe and the Middle East. She will be discussing the preparation process for her first book, from a series that describes the hardships of choosing between the cities she wants to live in, Paris- Beirut: A Happiness Route, as well as how she chose the photos and texts that she has decided to feature in it, alongside an interactive Q+A session.