Curator: Efe Korkut Kurt


Harun Antakyalı, Eylül Aslan, Kezban Arca Batıbeki, Alper Bıçaklıoğlu, Kadriye İnal, Huri Kiriş, A. Cem Şahin, Merve Şendil, Sait Mingü

The Dialogues I: A Collection Of Turkish Contemporary Art” exhibition will represent a selection of Turkish Contemporary Art in Mana Contemporary as a parallel art event to world’s one of the most significant  art fairs The Armory Show. The exhibition which will be organized between the 3rd and 9th of March will be the first leg of the dialogue between Istanbul and New York connected through the contemporary art.


New York and Istanbul are two different cities with their dynamic social life and their reflection on the artists. It’s not a coincidence that in such big metropolitans with many people from different social classes and places living next to each other, contemporary art is always in a constant progress. That’s why, two different group of artists from these two cities are aiming to create a bond and explore the limits of contemporary art in the series of ‘’THE DIALOGUES’’.

The first exhibition will be held in one of the most well-known contemporary art spaces of New Jersey, MANA Contemporary at the spot of Apostrope NJ. THE DIALOGUES I: A Collection of Turkish Contemporary Art, which brings the works of Turkish contemporary artists together, aims to reflect reproductions of the cultural fragments under the styles of new figurative art and new pop-art with different type of mediums such as new media, painting, photography, prints and sculpture.

The exhibition is planned to be on the same dates of The Armory Show, one of the most significant art events of the world that will be held just across the Hudson River, in New York on the 2nd and 5th of March, 2017. Thus, this exhibition is created as a parallel art event to The Armory Show and it aims to connect the art lovers from all over the world and make them have a better understanding about Turkish Contemporary Art.

In the exhibition, Harun Antakyalı will bring street art onto the walls of interior by his works in which he creates a concrete effect on canvases. The young Turkish artist Eylül Aslan will reflect her attitude on feminism with her analog photographs. One of the well-known artists of Turkish contemporary art Kezban Arca Batıbeki will question how women manage to survive in different societies and classes of Turkey. Alper Bıçaklıoğlu, will be there with his works reflecting streets of Turkey with his graffiti-like silk screen prints and acrylic paintings. Kadriye İnal will represent her sculptures on women. Huri Kiriş will display the social chaos in the land where she lives with her high technical capacity in oil painting.

For the exhibition, A. Cem Şahin will create prints that display the darker parts of the subconscious of a human, living in a big metropolitan. Merve Şendil will use her unique technique looking like the pixels of a faraway object on painting. And, finally Sait Mingü will be questioning society and people with his c-print diasek mount prints.


Kezban Arca Batıbeki, ‘The Girl With Peacock’, 2008


The main objective of ALAN Istanbul is to contribute to the production of contemporary art, which is independent and innovative. It aims to trigger spatial, social and financial elements for the art. ALAN Istanbul is founded to take place within the contemporary art worldwide, to bring contemporary art of the world to İstanbul and to take the production that made in İstanbul to the world.

ALAN Istanbul hosts both national and international exhibitions and projects of contemporary artists. ALAN Istanbul is a living venue with performance arts, video and movie shows, as well as plastic and visual art exhibitions. ALAN Istanbul is not only an art gallery, but also is a free and independent place for artistic activities. Within the scope of “Project Rooms” ALAN Istanbul also opens its doors to various expression tools of social interactions.

ALAN Istanbul is a location in which artist and designers of different disciplines may exhibit their works so that these works become observable in one of the most cultural and intensive regions of the city. In this respect, ALAN Istanbul is not only a physical venue, but also it aims to be a social place helping artistic works to be part of social interactions. Within the context of both spatial and performed exhibitions and projects, ALAN Istanbul became a permanent part of İstanbul art network taking its place in the agenda of dynamic and contemporary art audience.

ALAN Istanbul that is a reliable reference guide for the collectors with the artworks in its permanent collection and its expert team proves consulting service to those willing to develop and present their collection and to those willing to create collections that will reach to the next generations or to those just starting to be art collectors.


Based in a vast former tobacco warehouse, it unites artist studios, exhibition spaces, and ancillary services in a single location, facilitating conversation and collaboration among its burgeoning creative community.

Visitors receive unparalleled access to all projects occurring inside Mana, and experience a range of art-making techniques and presentations first-hand. A transparent, comprehensive hub of creativity, Mana offers a profound, personal approach to contemporary art.

Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary is one of the largest and most innovative contemporary art organizations in the United States. Through its integrated architectural design, Mana offers exceptional services, spaces, and programming for the greater creative community. Its rapidly expanding flagship location in Jersey City, originally built in 1890, will eventually encompass a footprint of more than two million square feet.

Mana’s integrated hive structure allows for the exchange of ideas between artists and art world luminaries. Practitioners specializing in a variety of disciplines—including painting, sculpture, photography, dance, film, sound, and performance—work alongside each other in a forward-thinking environment that fosters experimentation, collaboration, and mutual inspiration.

Harun Antakyalı,Untitled, Mixed Media, 4x50x35 cm,2012_low

Harun Antakyalı, Untitled, Mixed Media, 4x50x35 cm, 2012
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