- What’s On
C.A.M – which stands for Contemporary Art Marketing – was established in 1992 by the art dealer Sevil Binat, and was one of the first Istanbul galleries to exclusively show the works of contemporary Turkish artists, as well as artists working in the medium of photography. For years the gallery occupied a space on the edge of Akaretler in Beşiktaş, yet it relocated to Çukurcuma, the epicentre of Beyoğlu, in 2016.
Focusing on ‘innovative’ and ‘original’ works, the gallery’s multi-disciplinary approach reflects the diverse interests of Binat. There’s also a strong emphasis on supporting young artists. The gallery hosts around 9–10 shows per year, usually focusing on a solo artist although there are periodic group shows curated by external curators.
One of the popular names on the roster is the Istanbul-based photographer Murat Germen, who has a deep fascination with the perpetual transformation of urban scenes. There’s also photographer Cem Turgay, who produces atmospheric black-and-white and overshadowed shots.
From other disciplines, there are established artists Mahmut Celayir, who is based in Germany and the painter Nihal Martlı; and emerging artists Yusuf Aygeç, who reinterprets figures from bygone eras in the style of pop art; as well as Murat Durusoy and Berkay Buğdanoğlu, both of whom are very promising. Also promising is newcomer Neslihan Başer, who garnered a lot of attention at Contemporary Istanbul 2013.
Since 1997, the gallery has also been representing international names, starting with the Istanbul-born, American artist Peter Hristoff, who besides producing paintings and works on paper also dabbles in rugs. The international roster now includes the Italian-born sculptor Bruno Walpoth; the German artist Dieter Mammel; the Dutch artist Ronald Versloot; the Italian artist Giuseppe Mastromatteo, who is fascinated with the human body; and the Spanish artist Lluís Barba, who interjects modern themes into historic and iconic images, including works by fellow Spaniard, Salvador Dalí.