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The British Institute at Ankara hosts and archives a diverse series of seminars. See below for events past, present and future. Next up is Gizem Tongo on the fascinating artist Mihri Hanım. Born in Istanbul in 1885, Mihri was one of the most technically accomplished portraitists of her time, producing vivid and richly coloured portraits of individuals both within and beyond her elite circle that suggest her often female sitters’ agency. Having been instrumental in the foundation of the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul (1914), she also served as its first woman director and a painting instructor during the First World War and the Armistice Period.
See Cornucopia No 59, ‘Thoroughly Modern Mihri’, by James Leptien