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What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!

Byzantium in Popular Culture

Published by Pera Museum

£50.00 / $61.85 / €58.00
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Paperback, 432pp, published 2021, Turkish & English
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“What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture navigates through the eclectic presence of Byzantium in popular culture. Curated by Emir Alışık, the exhibition explores multiple and conflicting meanings of Byzantinism, and questions popular culture’s interaction with the Byzantine legacy. It scrutinizes a selection of motifs found in visual arts, literature, metal music, comics and graphic novels, video games, movies, and fashion representing Byzantium in popular culture.

Emir Alışık and Gülru Tanman co-authors the introductory chapter to the catalogue accompanying “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture. The volume brings together the articles of 10 researchers who examine and interpret Byzantinism’s representations in various fields of art. The articles by Roland Betancourt, Felice Lifshitz, Brigitte Pitarakis, Sinan Ekim, Yağmur Karakaya, Elif Demirtiken, Jeremy J. Swist, Marco Fasolio, Haris Theodorelis-Rigas, and Emir Alışık discuss how Byzantinisms appearing in various domains of popular culture relate to the Byzantine history depending on the context in which those artworks are produced.

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