Exhibitions

ELLEN KOOI

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

It would not be wrong to seek traces of her ‘playful’ approach towards photography in Ellen Kooi’s (b.1962) former career as a theatre and performance photographer. Kooi spends most of her time working with models, finding their best poses and expressions and developing choreographies. Acting is a major source of inspiration for her stories.

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MICHAL CHELBIN

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

With settings ranging from Russian prisons to Ukrainian military boarding schools and circuses – as well as the subjects within – Michal Chelbin treats childhood as a playground that is lived and left behind, a transition full of contradictions. Her work tries to ‘exist in the space between the strange and the ordinary’, in her own words.

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CLEMENS ASCHER

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Austrian photographer Clemens Ascher is a storyteller, one whose allure is hard to resist within the world of contemporary photography. He explores themes such as social control, alienation from nature and other contemporary realities through his seductive, surreal photography.

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OUKA LEELE

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Ouka Leele (born Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma in Madrid, 1957) is one of the most important representatives of the Spanish countercultural movement, La Movida. Self-taught Spanish artist works in many branches of art from writing to poetry and photography to illustration.

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JULIA HETTA

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Julia Hetta’s photographs provide a glimpse into an alternative world, rich with the romance and quietude associated with classical painting. Working almost exclusively with natural light and long exposure times, Hetta imbues her subjects with a sense of serenity and power. Her use of light, colour and texture transforms her fashion photographs into compositions of timeless enchantment.

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KENDINE HAS EXHIBITION

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Kendine Has Exhibition features unforgettable performance stills from the various concerts Artemis Günebakanlı has attended over the years, candid moments of local artists from the lens of Leo Xandre as well as Emre Doğru’s portraits of cult figures who continue to inspire us today.

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MÁRIA ŠVARBOVÁ

ALT – White Room – Yapı Kredi bomontiada
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

M.ria Švarbov. challenges the traditional approach to portraiture with her unique, postmodern style. In 2017, she was featured in Forbes’s ‘30 Under 30’ list and received the 2018 Hasselblad Masters Award for the series, Swimming Pool.

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GRÉGORY ESCANDE

ALT – Yapı Kredi bomontiada
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Grégory Escande, born in Seville, Spain, became interested in photography during his university years. Escande, who started photography with analog, spent a long time in the dark room. He lived in Madrid, Vigo (Galicia) and Provence (Southern France).

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OPPO MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

ALT – Yapı Kredi bomontiada
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

The ‘capture the moment’ mission has taken on a new meaning with the advent of mobile photography. The OPPO Mobile Photography Exhibition brings together the moments captured by well-known figures with OPPO phones, using the slogan #MyLifeisMyCollection. Creating a bridge between time and space, digital images are transformed from being the memory of those who took them to a story that tells them.

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PERFORM AND NEGOTIATE

Gallery – Yapı Kredi bomontiada
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 7 p.m

Perform and Negotiate, curated by Ali Taptık, brings together works that differ from the documentary and narrative aspects of photography. The playful attitudes of the artists who use photography as a tool for dialogue or staging bring forward its potential as a communication device beyond its representative abilities.

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ELLEN KOOI

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

It would not be wrong to seek traces of her ‘playful’ approach towards photography in Ellen Kooi’s (b.1962) former career as a theatre and performance photographer. Kooi spends most of her time working with models, finding their best poses and expressions and developing choreographies. Acting is a major source of inspiration for her stories.

Kooi was trained at the Academie Minerva in Groningen, before completing a doctorate at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, in Amsterdam. She appeared in exhibitions throughout the ’90s, but her breakthrough came in the 2000s, with solo and group exhibitions which travelled the world. La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire in Paris, PPOW Gallery in New York and Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul are just a few spots where the photographer’s work has been exhibited.

Ellen Kooi, De Houtwielen – ballonnen, from the Icons series, 1997

MICHAL CHELBIN

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

With settings ranging from Russian prisons to Ukrainian military boarding schools and circuses – as well as the subjects within – Michal Chelbin treats childhood as a playground that is lived and left behind, a transition full of contradictions. Her work tries to ‘exist in the space between the strange and the ordinary’, in her own words. Chelbin’s work has been widely shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide and can be found in many private and public collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, LACMA and the Getty Center in LA, the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, SFMOMA and more.

She is a regular contributor to publications like The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Guardian, Le Monde and the author of three critically acclaimed monographs, published by Aperture and Twin Palms. Her next monograph will be published in Autumn 2020.

Michal Chelbin, Alvaro, Christian and Francisco, Spain 2018

CLEMENS ASCHER

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Austrian photographer Clemens Ascher is a storyteller, one whose allure is hard to resist within the world of contemporary photography. He explores themes such as social control, alienation from nature, and other contemporary realities through his seductive, surreal photography.

For the series, A Modernist Lunchbreak, Ascher drew inspiration from workers in office buildings. He takes ‘familiar’ figures and carefully places them inside the universe that he has created. In Hitchhiking USA, the artist focused on life in America, as well as on dreams and freedoms. On Pleasure Grounds serves as a reflection of a fictional amusement arcade, through Ascher’s eyes.

Creating abstract spatial compositions full of surreal figures, Ascher explores the relationship between the modernist vision of the past and contemporary sociological phenomena. Throughout his works, Ascher explores the subliminal effect of colours and repetitive expression.

Clemens Ascher, A Mondernist Lunchbreak #3

OUKA LEELE

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Ouka Leele (born B.rbara Allende Gil de Biedma, 1957) is one of the most important representatives of the Spanish countercultural movement, La Movida. She is best known for her exuberant creations that embrace the living moment. Redolent of early 20th century Surrealism, her monochrome photographs do not seek to replicate reality, but instead serve as sketches – the basis for her vibrant paintings.

Since her breakthrough 1978 series, La Peluqueria, Ouka Leele’s work has always been received enthusiastically. This inspired her collaboration with J.W. Anderson where she created a capsule wardrobe for Loewe’s 2017 Spring/ Summer collection. Her works have been exhibited at the 1987 S.o Paulo Biennale, the 2010 Shanghai Biennale and Fondation Cartier, amongst others. Over the course of her career she has inspired artists such as Lubaina Himid, Yue Minjun and Rowan Papier.

Ouka Leele, El Beso – The Kiss, 1980

JULIA HETTA

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Julia Hetta’s long and passionate relationship with photography dates back to her childhood in Uppsala, Sweden, where her family had a darkroom at home. She is a graduate of the renowned Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam and worked for several years in a photography archive in Stockholm, educating herself in a range of genres from fine art to photojournalism. Her photographs provide a glimpse into an alternative world, rich with the romance and quietude associated with classical painting. Working almost exclusively with natural light and long exposure times, Hetta imbues her subjects with a sense of serenity and power.

Her use of light, colour and texture transforms her fashion photographs into compositions of timeless enchantment. Hetta’s editorial clients include Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, AnOther and The New Yorker. Her commercial clients include Gucci, Christian Dior, Chaumet, Alexander McQueen and Jil Sander. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally, including Out of Context at Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, The Female Gaze, Photo Vogue Festival at Base Milano (2016), and Don’t Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next at Foam (2014).

Julia Hetta, Japan 02, 2018

KENDINE HAS EXHIBITION

Yapı Kredi bomontiada, Fourth Floor
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Kendine Has Exhibition features unforgettable performance stills from the various concerts Artemis Günebakanlı has attended over the years, candid moments of local artists from the lens of Leo Xandre as well as Emre Doğru’s portraits of cult figures who continue to inspire us today.

Hosting distinctive figures from both the local and international music scenes, Kendine Has Exhibition takes place between 8 and 18 October at Yapı Kredi bomontiada 4th floor and Zeplin Pub’s Bağdat Caddesi location.

Leo Xandre

MÁRIA ŠVARBOVÁ

ALT – White Room – Yapı Kredi bomontiada
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Mária Švarbová, challenges the traditional approach to portraiture with her unique, postmodern style. In 2017, she was featured in Forbes’s ’30 Under 30’ list and received the 2018 Hasselblad Masters Award for the series, Swimming Pool. The works in the series, dominated by emotionless expressions, minimalist backgrounds, a retro feeling and functional geometric lines reflect the aesthetic harmony between people, environment and colours.

Despite having studied restoration and archaeology, her preferred artistic medium is photography. Her solo and group exhibitions have placed her amidst the vanguard of her contemporaries, attracting features in Vogue, CNN and The Guardian, amongst others. She enjoys considerable attention on social media and received a commission for a billboard-sized promotion on the massive Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan. In 2019, Apple commissioned Švarbová to create an exclusive photography series, shot by iPhone.

Mária Švarbová, 7, Horizon, 2020

GRÉGORY ESCANDE

ALT – Yapı Kredi bomontiada
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Grégory Escande was born in Seville, Spain, and has since lived in Madrid, Vigo and Provence. Escande obtained a Bachelor’s in Visual Arts, another one in French Literature and Linguistics, and finally a Master’s in Education, after internships at the University of Alicante and Madrid. Escande has worked in Spain, Japan, Zimbabwe and now in Maputo, Mozambique.

Since university, he has embraced photography – starting with manual film cameras, spending endless hours developing his films in the darkroom. He since has started using a digital camera. He has participated in four collective exhibitions: one at the Fondation Blachere in Apt, one in Aix-en-Provence, another for Spazio Italia, and one for the American International School (AISM).

Grégory Escande

OPPO MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

ALT – Yapı Kredi bomontiada
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

The ‘capture the moment’ mission has taken on a new meaning with the advent of mobile photography. The OPPO Mobile Photography Exhibition brings together the moments captured by well-known figures with OPPO phones, using the slogan #MyLifeisMyCollection. Creating a bridge between time and space, digital images are transformed from being the memory of those who took them to a story that tells them.

Didem Soydan’s black-and-white Istanbul shots emphasise the strong bond between the city and its people. Photographs taken by traveller Kerimcan Akduman during his travels from Japan to Brazil are like a diary. Koray Özpalamutçu’s shots are sleek enough to rival those taken with professional cameras. Murat Dağaslan’s photographs, which could almost serve as a lesson in the use of light and colour, capture not only the moments themselves but also the moods. Constructing the most well-known images of Istanbul from scratch, Sefa Yamak explores the endless possibilities in photography. Last but not least, Umut Eker honours experimentation by capturing both the static and dynamic aspects of spontaneous moments.

Sefa Yamak

PERFORM AND NEGOTIATE

Gallery – Yapı Kredi bomontiada
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 7 p.m

Perform and Negotiate, curated by Ali Taptık, brings together works that differ from the documentary and narrative aspects of photography:

Zeynep Kayan’s semi-abstract compositions of her own body and construction materials, Özlem Şimşek’s disguises which insert the image of a modern woman into paintings from a hundred years ago, Sıla Yalazan’s pursuit of new narratives with the neighbourhood kids of Tarlabaşı, where her studio is located, and Sergen Şehitoğlu’s webcam portraits which host a negotiation between the photographer and the subject.

The playful attitudes of the artists, who use photography as a tool for dialogue or staging, bring forward its potential as a communication tool beyond its representative abilities.

Özlem Şimşek, Selfportrait as Hale Asaf (After Hale Asaf), 2011

HOWARD GREENBERG ARCHIVE

Akaretler / Sıraevler No: 25/27
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Howard Greenberg, one of the world’s leading photo collectors and gallery owners, started his career as a photojournalist. When he opened his first gallery, Photofind, in the 1970s, newspapers and magazines such as Life, Fortune, Time Le Monde created a space for photojournalism lovers to access prints, with the work of iconic European and American photographers and street photographs.

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BORUSAN CONTEMPORARY ART COLLECTION

Akaretler / Sıraevler No: 25/27
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

The photographic works in the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, the first steps of which were taken in the 1990s, contain monumental and large format works that focus mostly on architecture and landscape.

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HOWARD GREENBERG ARCHIVE

Akaretler / Sıraevler No: 25/27
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Howard Greenberg, one of the world’s leading photo collectors and gallery owners, started his career as a photojournalist. When he opened his first gallery, Photofind, in the 1970s, newspapers and magazines such as Life, Fortune, Time Le Monde created a space for photojournalism lovers to access prints, with the work of iconic European and American photographers and street photographs. It was exceptional to be able to print or buy photographs in the galleries at that time. Still operating in New York, Howard Greenberg is the best gallery to find prints of iconic photographs from the 20th century. Greenberg’s personal collection was also exhibited at the Musée de l’Elysée in 2012, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in 2013 and The Jewish Historical Museum in 2014, and was included in the New York MOMA collection in 2018.

In the collection entitled From Archive to History, artists such as Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, who have expanded their field of photography, are accompanied bu the works of the famous Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the mysterious nanny Vivian Maier, who is famous for the discovery of his archive. The selection is curated by Anne Morin, the director of diChroma photography.

Vivian Maier, Undated, ©Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

BORUSAN CONTEMPORARY ART COLLECTION

Akaretler / Sıraevler No: 25/27
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 8 p.m

Established in the 1990s, the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection contains monumental and large-format works that mostly focus on architecture and landscape photography. Expanding its collection with commissions by both local and international artists, the Borusan Collection has developed and exhibited projects on architecture and landscape photography with Axel Hütte, from the Düsseldorf School of Photography, as well as Thomas Ruff and Ola Kolehmainen, from The Helsinki School. Borusan Contemporary also hosts exhibitions to showcase its collection, which includes works such as Olaf Otto Becker’s images taken in the glaciers of the North Pole as well as Edward Burtynsky’s Step-well #2 (2010), which he shot while filming Manufactured Landscapes.

The exhibition Grandeur and Distance highlights a selection of works focused on the monumentalisation of the built environment and natural forms.

Reinhard Görner, Salle Labrouste III, Library, Paris, 2018,

AES+F
ALLEGORIA SACRA

Zülfaris Karaköy
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 7 p.m

The Russian collective defines their work as a form of “social psychoanalysis” in which they discover the values, sins and conflicts of contemporary global culture. AES + F, whose works in the fields of performance, video, installation, animation, painting, drawing and sculpture are included in the important contemporary collections of the world, was founded in 1987 under the name AES.

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EMRE DÖRTER & MUSTAFA ERKATIRCI
GREAT EMPTINESS

Zülfaris Karaköy
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 7 p.m

The COVID-19 pandemic has closed millions of Istanbulites to their homes. Every corner of the city surrendering the crowd and vehicles in “normal” times, from the highways to the airport, from the Bosphorus to Istiklal Street, has turned into an uncanny desolation.

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AES+F
ALLEGORIA SACRA

Zülfaris Karaköy
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 7 p.m

AES+F work at the intersection of traditional media, photography, video and digital technology. They define their practice as a kind of ‘social psychoanalysis’ through which they reveal and explore the values, vices and conflicts of contemporary global culture. First formed as AES Group in 1987 by Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich and Evgeny Svyatsky, the collective became AES+F when Vladimir Fridkes joined in 1995.

They achieved worldwide recognition and acclaim in the Russian Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia in 2007 with Last Riot, the first in a trilogy of large-scale, multi-channel video installations that have come to define the AES+F aesthetic. The second of the series, The Feast of Trimalchio (2009), appeared in Venice in 2009, and the third, Allegoria Sacra (2011), debuted at the 4th Moscow Biennale in 2011.

Maintaining their signature style, Allegoria Sacra is the final part of the Liminal Space Trilogy. Named after Giovanni Bellini’s eponymous painting, dated 1487, which hangs in the Uffizi Gallery, AES+F’s Allegoria Sacra represents Purgatory.

Taking place in a futuristic international airport Allegoria Sacra serves as a metaphor for limbo, where the souls of ‘righteous sinners’ await their fate, and weaves complex global issues into visually compelling metaphors, letting them unfold in the neutral transitory space of an airport, where all kinds of things can temporarily coexist before going to their destination. AES+F combine recognisable motifs from art history and pop-culture, such as the numerous allusions to Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Allegoria Sacra, Jungle Elegy, 2012

EMRE DÖRTER & MUSTAFA ERKATIRCI
GREAT EMPTINESS

Zülfaris Karaköy
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 7 p.m

Billions of people across the globe have become physically isolated, held captive by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the verge of reshaping the ways in which we represent, affect and sense urban space, we need to recognise, define and assume this great emptiness we are facing. Great Emptiness reveals the unprecedented desolation of public spaces within the mega-city, with its selection of archived drone footage. From highways to car parks, from airports to train stations, the absence of the flow of activity that shapes the urban space encloses a strange gaze on the familiar.

Humanity – invisible, yet undeniably present.

Aerial imagery may well serve as an impartial analytical device to interrogate urban conditions. On the other hand, the sensation of the city during the quarantine period evokes Lautréamont’s poetry in which we ’experience’ a spectacular reality in a very Surrealist impression.

The founder of Studio Rino, Emre Dörter is an architectural photographer and videographer, whose artworks have been featured in international exhibitions. Mustafa Erkatırcı is a drone operator, aerial photographer and videographer. Serdar Ateşer is a musician, composer and sound designer

Emre Dörter, still from The Great Emptiness series.

BEGÜM YAMANLAR
THE ISLAND

Şerefiye Cistern
8-18 October
Open Everyday 9 a.m – 7 p.m

In Island, where Begüm Yamanlar (b.1989) reconsidered the “landscape”, which is one of the most influential subjects for artists, today’s tools and insights, ideas of time and space are intertwined in a multi-layered structure.

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BEGÜM YAMANLAR
THE ISLAND

Şerefiye Cistern
8-18 October
Open Everyday 9 a.m – 7 p.m

Begüm Yamanlar (b.1989) fuses the concepts of time and space in Island, her multi-layered exploration of the popular artistic theme of landscape using today’s tools and approaches. Island consists of photographic images that attempt to break the consistency of time and space, in order to understand the traces left by mankind on Earth and the information we are able to attain by living on this piece of land.

Yamanlar’s works are featured in local and international collections such as Istanbul Modern and the Luciano Benetton Collection.

Begüm Yamanlar, The Island

BRUNO BARBEY
MY MOROCCO & CHINA

Tekfur Palace Museum
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 6 p.m

* In collaborations with the Fotoğrafevi

Bruno Barbey’s point of view has been making a splash in the world for over fifty years. Barbey (b.1941), whose photographs have appeared in many international publications, has published over thirty books. He lived in Italy in the early 1960s and has produced an impressive series.

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METİN ÇAVUŞ
SUBLIME and SECLUDED

Tekfur Palace Museum
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 6 p.m

The walls of Istanbul, which have different functions in different districts with their lengths exceeding 20 km, reveal an abandoned loneliness. Metin Çavuş describes the Istanbul Walls as “Uncanny places where the silence of death can be experienced right next to the dynamic city surrounded by walls and self-grown trees and plants.”

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BRUNO BARBEY
MY MOROCCO & CHINA

Tekfur Palace Museum
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 6 p.m

* In collaborations with the Fotoğrafevi

Bruno Barbey’s point of view has been making a splash in the world for over 50 years. Barbey (b.1941), whose photographs have appeared in many international publications, has published over 30 books. He lived in Italy in the early 1960s and has produced an impressive series. He captured war scenes and conflicts in regions such as Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Kuwait, and Northern Ireland. Morocco will always have a special place in his heart, as he spent the first 12 years of his life there. Barbey continued to the country of his birth regularly from 1970 to 2000. He is currently working on a photography project in China. Barbey, who has been a Magnum photographer for 56 years, also served as the president of the Magnum Photography Agency for a period.

The documentaries by Barbey’s wife Caroline Thiénot-Barbey to be screened in conjunction with the exhibition are China in Kodachrome (26 minutes), which tells the story of the images the artist captured on Kodachrome during his visits to China, and Maroc Eternel (28 minutes), which explores Morocco through Barbey’s eyes.

Bruno Barbey

METİN ÇAVUŞ
SUBLIME and SECLUDED

Tekfur Palace Museum
8-18 October
Open Everyday 10 a.m – 6 p.m

Extending more than 20 km in length, the City Walls of Istanbul serve different functions in different districts – yet they ultimately reveal a sublime abandoned loneliness. Metin Çavuş describes the Walls of Istanbul as ‘uncanny places, where the silence of death can be experienced, surrounded by walls and wild trees and plants, right beside the dynamic city’.

The academic artist’s series of black-and-white photographs, taken with a medium-format analogue camera in 2017-18, was published into a book by Özyeğin University Press in autumn 2019, titled Sublime and Secluded. Çavuş also collaborates with international contemporary artists, with the resulting works having been exhibited at several prominent art institutions and exhibitions as Tate Britain, SFMOMA, and the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Metin Çavuş, from Sublime and Secluded series