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Another exhibition in the year-long celebration of Istanbul Modern turning 10, this time paying tribute to Turkish cinema, which also celebrates its birthday this year, albeit a much larger one.
To commemorate the centenary of Turkish cinema, Müge Turan and Gökhan Akçura have curated an exhibition that takes audiences on a journey from the very first documentary filmed in 1914, The Demolition of the Russian Monument at Ayastefanos, to the present day.
Through archival material, the show aims to highlight not only the films from the last 100 years but also everything related to film, with cinema halls themselves getting a unique look-in. The exhibition also considers cinema audiences as fan(atic)s who not only go to the pictures, but are also avid consumers of film books and novels, magazines and albums. Everyday consumer goods get turned into film paraphernalia: bubble gum boxes adorned with pictures of Fatma Girik, calendars, postcards of Müjde Ar sent by a soldier to a friend, a tea saucer with Türkan Şoray’s photo, the Ayhan Işık hairstyle and bookmarks with pictures of actors. Three fan groups are placed under the magnifying glass: fans of Türkan Şoray, Filiz Akın and Yılmaz Güney. An exhibition for film lovers to not miss.