Luzia Marion Bär, Valie Djordjevic, Klaus W. Eisenlohr, Andrea Höhne, Ania Kaszot, Türkan Kentel, Tine Kurka, Wilfried Püschel, Peggy-Nicole Sarmann, Frank Seeger, Rembert Stolzenfeld, Elena Ternovaja, Klaus Wazlak
Opening: Friday, September 2, 2016, 19h
Exhibition: September 3 – 11, 2016
Finissage: Sunday, September 11, 2016, 19h
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 14-19h, Fri-Sun 14-20h
13 photographers, four months of preparation, one week in Istanbul. The result is an exhibition showing a city in constant change. Where today you see residential buildings, tomorrow there are skyscrapers and motorways.
Examining Istanbul under the aspect of urbanisation is a challenge. It is one of the oldest cities of the world but at the same time one of the youngest metropolitan areas that only started to develop in the 1950s. At this time only around one million people lived in the city, today there are around 15 million. This rapid growth came with its own problems: property speculation, displacement, planning mistakes.
This background informs an exhibition which reflects upon the contemporary city with an artistic eye and an awareness of its own point-of-view. The photo camera becomes a means of communication and an opportunity for creating publicity – especially in the parts of the city that are directly affected by displacement and gentrification. In order to achieve that the participants had to develop their own strategies of visualisation to put forward an alternative to the ubiquitous media imaginary. One goal was to challenge the perspective on one’s own city – for the photographers as well as for the visitors of the exhibition.
UrbanISTanbul continues a photography project that exists since 2012 as a collaboration of the Photocentrum at the Gilberto Bosques Volkshochschule Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and the twinning association Kadiköy e.V. The project established a artistic exchange at the highest standard, with participants from Berlin and Istanbul and several exhibition in both cities. The Berlin part is organised by the artist and photographer Klaus W. Eisenlohr, supported by the photographer Levent Karaoğlu in Istanbul.
The exhibition will feature a contribution by photographers from Istanbul, organised by Levent Karaoğlu, with Dilek İlhan Güner, Özgül Küçük, Nilüfer Çetin, Nuh Koçak, Deniz Kizilkanat, Patrick Schilling and Levent Karaoğlu.