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One of the more established galleries in a building full of galleries formerly smack bang in the middle of İstiklâl Caddesi in Galatasaray and recently relocated to Karaköy, Pi Artworks has endeavoured to showcase the best of contemporary Turkish and international art to Istanbul’s growing art scene since 1998. The gallery’s founder, Yeşim Turanlı, saw a gap in the market for contemporary art and jumped at the opportunity to share her knowledge and offer collectors something different.
In 2004, Pi Artworks began expanding its activities internationally. A London branch was opened in September 2013 and between the two, Pi Artworks hosts a substantial number of innovative solo and group shows each season.
The gallery represents some of the most interesting artists working in Turkey and nearby regions. The gallery’s roster includes young gun Volkan Aslan, who impressed with his tongue-in-cheek works at the 13th Istanbul Biennial; visual artist and art historian Nancy Atakan; performance artist Nezaket Ekici, who trained under Marina Abramovic; German-Egyptian artist Susan Hefuna; Indian artist Tayeba Begum Lipi; Turkish artist Gülay Semercioğlu who produces colour field abstractions by weaving thin coloured metal wires together; and Mehmet Ali Uysal, whose work often explores the relationship between artworks and their exhibition space – whether in the gallery or in a public space.