|Yeşim Akdeniz, Hands on Pasadena #3, 2013, oil on canvas|
CULTURE / ART
This Friday is the last day to see a selection of works by some of Turkey’s finest contemporary artists. Curated by Carsten Recksik and hosted at the European Union’s gallery space in central London, the Sanat International exhibition features art by Yeşim Akdeniz, Ayzit Bostan, Nezaket Ekici, Inci Furni, Sinan Logie, Aysegul Turan, Şener Özmen and Erkan Özgen.
While politically relations between Turkey and European Union remains strained, links between those involved in arts and culture has never been better. Over the past decade, the global art world has both witnessed and supported the transformation of the Turkish art scene. Major art events such as biennials and art fairs, and commissions have helped change perspectives by showcasing the work of Turkish artists, helping to firmly place Turkey on the international art map.
|Nezaket Ekici, Berlin 2009|
EU exchange programmes, residencies and scholarships have further reinforced the rapport between artists and the public in Turkey and EU member states. Sanat International contributes to the exchange by presenting exciting examples of Turkish talent in different media, artists who formed their own experiences during sojourns in countries like Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. Their biography and work reflects how deeply connected the culture of their home country is to the rest of Europe.
Sanat International is part of a series of events at the 12 Star Gallery to celebrate the creativity and cultural diversity of the European Union. The ten-day exhibition is supported by the Turkish and German embassies in London, as well as the Öktem& Aykut Gallery (Istanbul), Pi Artworks (London/Istanbul) and the Pilot Gallery (Istanbul).
Exhibition ends: Friday 13 March 2015
Address: 12 Star Gallery,
House, 32 Smith Square,
London SW1P 3EU (nearest tube, St James’s
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
About the curator Carsten Recksik