Doco sheds light on Istanbul’s activist youth

By Victoria Khroundina | May 21, 2015

In 2013, the revered pop culture/music channel MTV launched a new series of documentaries, entitled Rebel Music. The idea behind the series was to highlight stories of young fearless musicians and artists around the world who are rising up against oppression in their respective countries. The series had its premiere last...
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It’s film festival time

Highlights of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | April 2, 2015

My favourite time of the year – Istanbul Film Festival time – is almost here! For two whole weeks, cinephiles can binge on more than 200 films from 62 countries, screened at nine cinemas, with the festival delivering yet another scintillating programme for its 34th year. Here’s a round-up of...
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The body in time

Ali Kazma’s ‘Timemaker’ at ARTER

By Victoria Khroundina | March 25, 2015

Unlike the majority of ARTER’s exhibitions, Ali Kazma’s timemaker doesn’t immediataely draw you in off the street. And that is because, unlike Marc Quinn’s show with his giant shell sculpture, or the Füsun Onur retrospective with her ‘Mirrored Labyrinth’ piece – both of which pieces were plainly visible through the gallery's top-to-floor glass...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, Museums

‘Building Wonders’: Haghia Sophia

A new documentary featuring Robert Ousterhout

By Victoria Khroundina | February 24, 2015

Readers in the US, a treat is coming to your TV screens this Wednesday (February 25). Providence Pictures is releasing the third installment in its Building Wonders series. The first, on the Colosseum, aired on February 11, the second on Petra aired on February 18, and the third, entitled Hagia Sophia –...
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Joan Miró: ‘The Ladder of Escape’

By Victoria Khroundina | February 3, 2015

The Joan Miró: Women, Birds, Stars exhibition at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum has been extended until March 8, so if you haven’t yet seen this wonderful show, you still have some time. For some background, watch the below short documentary, The Ladder of Escape, which follows some of the most...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Film, Museums

More than photography: the world of Şahin Kaygun

By Victoria Khroundina | January 8, 2015

The Şahin Kaygun exhibition, currently at Istanbul Modern, is an absolute treat for photography lovers. Little is written about the late Adana-born multidisciplinary artist, who, always seeking new forms of expression, played a pioneering role in photography in the 1980s and 1990s, generally paving the way for experimental photography in...
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News for filmmakers

By Victoria Khroundina | January 8, 2015

The Meetings on the Bridge programme, part of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival, is offering some exciting opportunities for emerging filmmakers.  The application deadline for the Film Development Workshop, to be held April 15–16, 2015, has been extended to Thursday, January 15. The workshop will train directors, screenwriters and producers...
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The year that was…in pictures

By Victoria Khroundina | December 31, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, I take a look at the year that was. In January, we announced that the Ancient & Modern award for original research has gone to Dr Peter Andrews (76), doyen of Asian tent studies, with Harriet Rix (23) taking the Godfrey Goodwin prize. Above,...
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A celluloid love affair

By Victoria Khroundina | November 27, 2014

This year, Turkish cinema celebrates its 100th birthday and Istanbul Modern celebrates its 10th. To commemorate both dates, the museum has staged an exhibition which highlights the ‘love affair’ between Turkish cinema and its audience. As per the majority of Istanbul Modern’s shows, the exhibition is well laid out and...
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Gallery walkabout: Karaköy/Tophane

Lights, camera, action

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | November 17, 2014

With Contemporary Istanbul behind us, we are back in Karaköy/Tophane for an art walk of group and solo shows exploring diverse subjects and genres, with an emphasis on cinema, photography and realism. 100 years of Turkish cinema Let’s start at Istanbul Modern, which besides holding exhibitions we have covered elsewhere...
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The Filmekimi comes to town

By Victoria Khroundina | October 2, 2014

Almost time for Filmekimi! This year over 40 highly rated films will be showcased at this popular festival: a mix of award-winners from the year’s festival circuit, indie favourites and thought-provoking documentaries – thankfully without a blockbuster in sight. The !f Istanbul festival is also gaining momentum, but that takes...
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‘Images of the Other’ conference: an overview

By Victoria Khroundina | September 5, 2014

A fascinating conference took place this week exploring how cities are perceived through imagery. Scholars, architects, photographers, writers, artists and film-makers convened in a spacious and acoustically pleasing room at the sumptuous Austro-Hungarian embassy in Yeniköy, on the European shore of the Bosphorus. The conference, entitled ‘Images of the Other’,...
Posted in Architecture, Books, Contemporary Art, Film, Fine Art, History, Literature, News, Photography, Talks and Lectures

Documentary sheds light on Turkish pop cinema

By Victoria Khroundina | August 26, 2014

This year, which commemorates the centenary of the birth of Turkish cinema, has thankfully been a very successful one for Turkey’s film industry. The biggest news of the year has been that Nuri Bilge Ceylan took the Palme D’Or at Cannes for his three-hour-plus odyssey The Winter’s Sleep (currently in cinemas)....
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Turkish cinema’s good run continues

The 19th London Turkish Film Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | May 21, 2014

The 19th London Turkish Film Festival (LTFF) opens tomorrow for 10 days of Turkish films in what has been a very good year for the cinema industry. Coincidentally, it celebrates its 100th year this year. On the international scene, the Berlinale included four Turkish films in its official selection and...
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A state-of-the-art trilogy

Borusan Contemporary’s spring exhibitions

By Victoria Khroundina | May 2, 2014

There are three very worthy exhibitions currently on at Borusan Contemporary in the Bosphorus neighbourhood of Rumelihisarı. The handsome red building, the Perili Köşk, or the ‘Haunted Mansion’, has a rich history dating back to the 1910s and underwent an extensive renovation in the late 1990s. It is only open...
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TCF Fellowships

Applications now open

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 23, 2014

A good thing to keep in the back of the mind is the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s (TCF) fellowship programme. There are two types: the Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art and the Cultural Exchange Fellowship.  The TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art has provided funding to young and established scholars since...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, News

Going to the dogs

‘Taşkafa, Stories of the Street’ at the Alchemy Film Festival

By Tim Cornwell | April 16, 2014

Hawick, a town of 15,000 souls deep in the Scottish Borders, is not exactly the place you’d expect to encounter the street dogs of Istanbul. But for the last year the German director Andrea Luka Zimmerman has been doggedly touring her film, Taşkafa: Stories of the Street – in which...
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For your viewing pleasure

33rd Istanbul Film Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | April 9, 2014

Roll up, roll up – Istanbul’s biggest film festival has landed. Beginning last Saturday (April 5) and lasting until Sunday April 20, almost 250 films will be screened from every corner of the globe as part of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival. Still from ‘Frank’ The International Competition category is...
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!f Istanbul Film Festival: the highlights

By Victoria Khroundina | February 6, 2014

The !f Istanbul Film Festival, now in its 13th year, lands next Friday, February 13 for ten days of pure cinematic pleasure whether you are a die-hard cinephile or just an occasional filmgoer. Still from Good Vibrations As in previous years, the programme is divided into various categories. Some of...
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Azerbaijan’s past and present on the silver screen

Film festival at the Pera Museum

By Victoria Khroundina | January 28, 2014

Pera Museum’s film programme always features interesting, diverse and internationally aware cinema events and this season is no different, with the first programme of the year focusing on the cinema of Azerbaijan. Although Azerbaijani cinema has always been popular across the Turkic world, little is known about it in the...
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