March 2 – Istanbul

We start the day visiting the IKSV, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts. The IKSV is based in this nice building with an amazing view. We were received by Bige Örer the director of the International Istanbul Biennial. She told us that the Foundation was created in 1973 and the first edition of the Biennial happened in 1987, with the goal of presenting turkish artists abroad. In her point of view the Biennial had become a connecting point of the region. The next Biennial is set for 17 September-13 November 2011, under the curatorship of Jens Hoffmann and Adriano Pedrosa. The presence of Latino American curators can strengthen the connections between the two regions, amplifying the network South-South.

After IKSV we took a bus to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, we were received by the curator Lora Sariaslan, she invited us for a mediated visit through the museum. The architecture and the structure of the building follows the concept of what we can call the globalization of the mega-museum.  Nevertheless, it is important to notice that the collection is in great majority from turkish artists and that this is the first private museum of modern and contemporary art from Istanbul.
I liked a lot the video from Gülsüm Karamustafa, “Memory of a Square”.

After our tour we had lunch at the museum restaurant. I’m sure all the group will agree with me that we’ve been tasting great  food in Istanbul!

– Ana Pato

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