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On the Road

Images of Turkey from the Nar Photos Archive

May 28, 2014 – November 9, 2014

Istanbul Modern, Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, Antrepo No. 4, Tophane, Istanbul


Curated by Sena Çakırkaya, this exhibition is a compilation of photographs from the Nar Photos archives. Together these photos present a panorama of events and situations which took place in Turkey’s history and thus act as a sort of collective memory of the recent past.

The exhibition features 75 photographs from 20 artists that deal with various subjects: the city and urban transformation, public transportation, the Inönü Stadium, Gezi Park, immigrants and night life; celebrations such as circumcisions, henna nights, Newroz, and the Kafkasör Festival in Artvin; panoramas of diverse geographies such as Kars, Ardahan and Ararat; Armenians, Kurds, Greeks, Assyrians and their ceremonies; seasonal workers, denim sandblasters, paper scavengers and strikes; and the street with its LGBT and International Women’s Day marches. In addition to these photographs, the exhibition also features six videos produced collectively by Auction, Kalanda, Inönü Stadium, Lübbey, Akhuryan Station and the North Istanbul.

The exhibiting photographers are: Adnan Onur Acar, Ahmet Şık, Aylin Kızıl, Barış Sever, Eren Aytuğ, Erhan Arık, Fatma Çelik, Fırat Aygün, Gençer Yurttaş, Gülşin Ketenci, Hüsamettin Bahçe, Kerem Uzel, Lezgin Kani, Mehmet Kaçmaz, Özcan Yurdalan, Ruben Mangasaryan, Saner Şen, Serpil Polat, Serra Akcan and Tolga Sezgin.

An independent photography collective, Nar Photos (which was founded in 2003) brings together the diverse viewpoints in Turkey through their egalitarian approach.


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