The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies
By Victoria Khroundina | January 3, 2014
The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), touted as ‘the most important global event in Middle Eastern studies in 2014’ will take place at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara between August 18th and 22nd, 2014. Organised in collaboration between the METU and the Turkish Social...
Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News
By Victoria Khroundina | December 30, 2013
With just a few days left of 2013, it’s time to look back on the year that was. The year 2013 will be etched in history as the year of the Gezi protests
. It all started with a tree, so to speak, in late May when a group of people...
Architecture, Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, Protest Music, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport
The ‘Boğaziçi Chronicles’ residency programme
By Victoria Khroundina | October 29, 2013
Boğaziçi University – originally founded as Robert College in 1863 by a missionary, Cyrus Hamlin, and a businessman, Christopher R Robert – is celebrating it's 150th birthday by hosting international academics, artists, writers, philosophers and historians as part of its ‘Boğaziçi Chronicles’ programme. The residency programme, says the programme's co-ordinator,...
Film, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography
By Victoria Khroundina | October 2, 2013
An important cause calls for an important film. To celebrate the second International Day of the Girl – started by the United Nations in 2012 to increase awareness of inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender – the consistently active Turkish Philanthropy Funds, in collaboration with WomenOne, are...
By Victoria Khroundina | September 24, 2013
Film lovers rejoice! The 12th Filmekimi Festival – a favourite autumn event – will bring 38 recent films from around the world to Turkey. Fresh from winning awards and impressing audiences at festivals this year, Filmekimi stops in Istanbul for a week (September 28 – October 6), with parallel screenings...
Film, Highlights Around The World
Turkish film presence at international film festivals
By Victoria Khroundina | July 16, 2013
After the disappointing presence (or lack) of Turkish cinema at Cannes Film Festival this year, it is good to hear that Turkish films are getting recognition at other international film festivals. The short film Sessiz
) – which I mentioned previously in my blog about Cannes – won the Best...
Where to find alternative cinema in Istanbul
By Victoria Khroundina | June 19, 2013
Watching a blockbuster at one of the massive complexes found on the top levels of most shopping malls is, thankfully, not the only way to go the movies in Istanbul. As someone who likes her share of foreign and art cinema, I’m very glad that avenues to enjoy non-mainstream cinema...
By Cornucopia | December 15, 2011
Phantom and I am also Hyde by Douglas Gordon Galeri Mana
Kemankeş Mahallesi Ali Paşa Değirmeni Sokak, no 16–18 Beyoğlu 34425, İstanbul
+90 212 243 66 66
26 November 2011 – 14 January 2012;
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00-18:00 Phantom
is the first exhibition of the 1996 Turner Prize winner Douglas...
Contemporary Art, Film, Photography
By Cornucopia | June 22, 2011
Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin: 'I am not a studio artist' SALT Beyoğlu
Istiklal Caddesi, 136 Beyoğlu Istanbul April 9 – August 7, 2011
Another year, another contemporary art space on Istiklal Caddesi. Platform Garanti closed their doors in 2007, and reopened in April 2011 as SALT - a new art...
Books, Contemporary Art, Film
By Cornucopia | May 30, 2011
Gülsün Karamustafa's Anti-Hamam Confessions Rodeo Gallery
Tutun Deposu, Lüleci Hendek Caddesi No 12, Tophane, Istanbul May 27 - June 25, 2011
Rodeo continues to be one of the most exciting art spaces in Istanbul, displaying a quality of art and an international, avant-garde awareness all too often missing...
Contemporary Art, Film
By Cornucopia | February 20, 2011
This review must begin by examining the joke of a title that is !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival. What makes this festival independent? Is it that it is run by AFM Cinemas, Turkey’s largest cinema chain which generally ignores anything resembling independent film? Or perhaps we can thank its primary...
By Cornucopia | February 1, 2011
On 3 and 10 February, Istanbul Modern Cinema will be running a series of films by Iranian director Jafar Panahi. A leading member of the Iranian New Wave of filmmakers, Panahi's work is often described as neorealism with a politically engaged Iranian twist. His first film, The White Balloon
By Cornucopia | January 21, 2011
For aficionados of Islamic architecture both old and new, this could be interesting. On 28 January, as part of the "Architecture on Screen" selection of highlights from the 28th Montréal International Festival of Films on Art, the Center for Architecture will be showing documentaries concerning the work of two very...
Film, Islamic Art