reviews

  • Gülsün Karamustafa

    Galata Ancient Trade Hall

    Gülsün Karamustafa is a chronicler of Istanbul, a crossroads between continents whose multiple—and often conflicting—heritages are visibly and spectacularly piled on one another. For over thirty years, this “Queen Mother of the Istanbul art scene” (in critic and curator Erden Kosova’s words) has been examining her nation’s shifting identity, asking what constitutes its essence and questioning the way it has been perceived and represented by others.

    In her new installation, Galata–Genoa (Excavating small windows), 2004, curated by Teresa Macri, Karamustafa turned her attention to the distant

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