Weekend gallery guide: water worries and flight paths

Istanbul this weekend (February 11–12)

By Emma Harper | February 9, 2017


With its tall circular tower and redbrick façade, the palatial Perili Köşk in Rumelihisarı is a beacon on the Bosphorus. Its interior is equally eye-catching. Home to the corporate headquarters of Borusan Holding, the building doubles as a contemporary art gallery at the weekend. Temporary exhibitions occupy two gallery spaces,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Museums, Photography

Rewarding reads: November and December 2016

Orientalist aesthetics, Black Sea shipwrecks and refugees in space

By Emma Harper | January 5, 2017


In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that weve read and listened to over the past month (or two, in this case). The Ottoman History Podcast began as a modest experiment in 2011, but has since grown into a vast digital resource...
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, History, News, Photography, Travel

Weekend gallery guide: the rise and fall of Istanbul’s street dogs

Istanbul this weekend (November 26–27)

By Emma Harper | November 24, 2016


When the French writer Théophile Gautier first arrived in Istanbul in the mid-19th century he chose a large pit in the middle of the street as his reference point. What was so memorable about this pit? At the bottom of it, ‘a large, aggressive dog was suckling her pups in...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Photography

Weekend gallery guide: small is better

Istanbul this weekend (October 29–30)

By Emma Harper | October 27, 2016


This weekend the spotlight is on Art on a Card, an exhibition at CIRCUIT in Kadıköy. Thirteen Istanbul-based artists, Turkish and foreign, have been invited to created a set of five postcards. A limited number will be available to buy on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, when many of the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Weekend gallery guide: grids, rings and a lost empire

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of September 3–4

By Emma Harper | September 1, 2016


Istanbul can feel a bit barren in the summer. That feeling was amplified this year by the constant construction in Beyoğlu and the shuttering of countless shops on İstiklâl Caddesi. Yet a few cultural institutions and galleries have kept their doors open and their spaces filled with art and artefacts....
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Photography

Weekend gallery guide

What’s on in Istanbul over the weeked of July 30–31

By Emma Harper | July 28, 2016


The weekend gallery guide is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. Each Thursday we will share our pick of exhibitions in Istanbul to visit over the weekend.  Summer can be quiet in Istanbul, as many people submit to the siren call of the seaside and happily take their leave...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Opportunities for artists in the second half of 2016

Applications are open for the Moon and Stars Project grants and the Turkey–Scandinavia Connections 2016 residency programme

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 8, 2016


Editor’s note: The application deadline for the winter instalment of the Moon and Stars Project grants has been extended to August 31. When making plans for the autumn, artists would do well to consider the following two funding opportunities. The first is the winter 2016 instalment of the Moon...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography

Turkey’s humanity made transparent

Istanbul Modern opens a new photography exhibition ‘People Attract People’

By Emma Harper | June 2, 2016


From the mouth open wide in mid-guffaw to the two fingers softly securing a cigarette, Ozan Sağdıç’s 1961 photograph ‘Diplomats’ demonstrates how the human form can encompass just as wide and varied a topography as any landscape. Sağdıç is one of 80 photographers whose work is on display in Istanbul...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, History, Photography

Inside story: Borçka

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | April 11, 2016


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Visiting the town of Borçka, in Artvin Province in Turkey’s Black Sea region, turned out to be an experience which I savoured long after my visit. For in this small, unassuming town I gained...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Textiles

Earning accolades abroad

‘The Eye of Istanbul’, a documentary on Ara Güler, wins big at the DC Independent Film Festival

By Emma Harper | March 24, 2016


Ara Güler has found himself in the spotlight yet again. Last week it was announced that The Eye of Istanbul, a documentary film about the legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer and the culmination of his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul, won Best of Fest at the DC Independent Film Festival. The screening at...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, News, Photography

Expanding horizons

Young Photographers Award 2015

By Emma Harper | December 28, 2015


Sometimes a burst of colour can go a long way in lifting your spirits, especially during the bleak midwinter. So if the short days and overcast skies are bringing on the winter blues, it will do you good to visit this year’s Young Photographers Award exhibition at Mixer in Karaköy....
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

A journey through Anatolia’s forgotten empire

John Garstang and the 20th-century discovery of the Hittites

By Emma Harper | December 1, 2015


‘This is the notebook used by J.G. on his last trip in Turkey in 1951. I was wondering whether to throw it away, but it occurred to me that you might conceivably find some use for it in the Institute, so here it is. If you think it is no...
Posted in Archaeology, Exhibitions, History, Photography

Insights into the lives of others

FotoIstanbul 2015

By Emma Harper | November 3, 2015


One of the major appeals of Istanbul is that there are always art exhibitions and cultural events right at your fingertips. Yet FotoIstanbul, Istanbul’s only comprehensive photography festival, has really taken this to a new meaning, at least for me. Organised by the Beşiktaş Belediyesi, this festival is staged at...
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

Lynn Gilbert’s photography highlights

In a new short video Lynn discusses her trajectory as an artist and her latest exhibition

By Emma Harper | October 26, 2015


The photographer and author Lynn Gilbert has been sharing her exquisite and captivating images of Turkish homes on the Cornucopia blog over the course of the past year. Each post feels like an insider’s peek into her travels across Turkey and presents vivid, unstaged photographs of traditional Turkish interiors and...
Posted in Exhibitions, Photography

Erasing Memory: A Conversation with Murat Germen

By Dayna Tellibayraktar and Peri Sharpe | September 30, 2015


Keeping up with the reshaping of Turkey is not for the faint of heart. Those who are paying attention are forced to digest the ramifications of the actions taken by a growing number of opportunists. In the midst of it all, there are a number of peaceful activists who seek...
Posted in Architecture, Exhibitions, Nature, Photography

Inside story: Zeki’nin Yeri

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | September 22, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Traditional homes in Turkey exude a warmth and charm that is inviting; they are unlike any other place in the world that I've visited. Each house is an expression of its owner's creativity, which...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Turkish photography at IFSAK

By Emma Harper | September 21, 2015


The Istanbul Photography and Cinema Amateurs Association (İstanbul Fotoğraf ve Sinema Amatörleri Derneği – IFSAK) has mined its archives to organise a group exhibition featuring some of the most important names in Turkish photography. Housed in the front rooms of an elegant apartment in one of the stately older buildings...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Photography

Inside story: Bodrum

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | September 14, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Bodrum, located in southwestern Turkey, is a beautiful, charming seaside resort. But it is also a place full of history. Going back to ancient times, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – an ancient Greek city...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Camili

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | September 7, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Camili is not your typical tourist destination. For one, it’s difficult to reach: located in a remote area near the Black Sea on the border between Georgia and Turkey, it is surrounded on three...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Nature, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Çamlıhemşin part 2

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | August 28, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Huge kitchens like the one above are found in old stone houses built high in the mountains in remote areas of’ Çamlıhemşin in the early 20th century. Amonst them were many successful bakers, one...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Photography, Travel
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