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Ola Kolehmainen: Sinan Project

March 4, 2017 – September 3, 2017

Borusan Contemporary, Rumelihisarı Mahallesi, Baltalimanı Hisar Caddesi No 5, Perili Köşk, 34470 Sarıyer – Istanbul


In this solo exhibition, the photographer Ola Kolehmainen presents his Sinan Project, which was commissioned by Borusan Contemporary. Between 2012 and 2014, the artist embarked on a quest to document how Sinan, the preeminent Ottoman architect of the 16th century, used the element of light in his buildings. Through trial and error, Kolehmainen figured out where and when to position his camera to catch the light as it illuminated Sinan’s flawless forms. (Issue 50 walks readers through three of the chief imperial architect’s masterpieces from the golden age of Süleyman the Magnificent.)

In addition to studying Sinan’s works, the artist also focused his lens on the masterpieces of the Byzantine architecture in Istanbul. Kolehmainen created a visual database of architectural forms that reached their maturity through cross-cultural inspiration, such as the Hagia Sophia, the Little Hagia Sophia and the Chora Church.

The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire by Gülru Necipoğlu is required reading for anyone with an interest in Sinan. Tim Stanley reviewed the book in Issue 34.


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