Letter fron Istanbul was a group exhibition that took a look at art, culture and politics in Turkey’s ‘Bridge City’.
Pi Artworks, London
15 June – 17 July, 2017
Featuring: Nancy Atakan, Didem Erbaş, Neslihan Koyuncu, Fatih Pınar, Özlem Sarıyıldız, and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
Inspired in part by British broadcaster Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America, a series of radio essays on American history, current affairs, and politics, Letter from Istanbul was a group exhibition as dispatch, a project that took a look at art, culture, history and politics in the city of Istanbul. Rather than an essentialist survey of the metropolis and its artists, the exhibition presented a snapshot of projects, people and the histories and institutions structuring aspects of their socio-cultural present.
In order to create a space in which contemporary art and reportage coexisted, the display featured information regarding the social and political currents charging the city (photographs, video, media materials, etc.) alongside artworks.
In addition to the exhibition, curator Morgan Quaintance produced a documentary featuring interviews with cultural producers in the city, shot over two weeks during the recent referendum. Two radio programmes of interviews with sociologists and theorists discussing queer sexualities, women’s voice talk shows, current party politics, crime and the neoliberal city in Turkey were also broadcast on Resonance 104.4FM and are available here.