L. İpek Ulusoy Akgül

‘‘But Still Tomorrow Builds into My Face’’

Lawrie Shabibi

April 2016

In today’s volatile context, we witness the disappearance of heritage through hegemonic and even violent processes of decay, shifting contemporary artistic and curatorial practices toward the tension between destruction and preservation. … READ ON


Can Altay


October 2015

“Split Horizon (Domestic Disobedience),” Can Altay’s first solo exhibition in Istanbul, investigates inhabitation in relation to changing urban and nonurban contexts, modernist obsessions with progress, and the media’s power to manipulate … READ ON



Maraya Art Centre

April 2015

Can we rethink the notion of accent beyond language and speech? In addressing this question, “Accented,” curated by Murtaza Vali, challenges globalization’s homogenizing effects on culture while exploring the realms of image, space, smell, … READ ON


Benjamin Senior

Grey Noise

January 2015

A quest for perfection is at the heart of Benjamin Senior’s “Enclosure” exhibition, featuring meticulous depictions of healthy-looking people exercising, walking in nature, or performing other wholesome activities. Formally trained in figurative… READ ON


Sahand Hesamiyan

The Third Line

December 2014

Sahand Hesamiyan’s massive steel sculpture Khalvat, 2014, magnetically draws and physically engages the viewer, in what at first sight appears to be a displaced extraterrestrial object. Displayed at the heart of the Tehran-based artist’s … READ ON


“Anyone Could Be a Sculptor One Day”

Spot Production Fund

November 2014

Amid the Elhamra Han’s textile shops and tea houses is an unexpected haven for contemporary art: First- and second-floor rooms have become an exhibition space whose windows look inward into the building’s courtyard emporium or outward onto … READ ON


Nargess Hashemi

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

February 2014

On first glance, the pen-on-graph-paper drawings in Nargess Hashemi’s current solo exhibition, “The Pleasure in Boredom,” appear to have been digitally designed. Yet close observation reveals many intense and intimate details in the Tehran-based… READ ON