The Event of a Thread: Global Narratives in Textiles


February 22 – August 18, 2019

Having brought together 25 international contemporary artists, who use textile to create aesthetic and cultural narratives through objects, installations and video works, “The Event of a Thread” continues with artists from Turkey from July 16 onwards.

“The Event of a Thread”, an exhibition of an exhibition of Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), made in collaboration with Istanbul Modern, features artists whose works link personal and aesthetic narratives with the social and economic configuration of a globalized world. A variety of stories and opportunities provided by textiles as a multifaceted tool of expression come into view, ranging from Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu’s revival and adoption of the fading tradition of yazma (originally used for hand-painted kerchief) to Burhan Doğançay’s tapestries created at the Aubusson workshops.


Artists: Belkıs Balpınar, Hussein Chalayan, Burhan Doğançay, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Şakir Gökçebağ, Gözde İlkin, Gülsün Karamustafa, Servet Koçyiğit, İrfan Önürmen, Sabire Susuz


Harald Schmidt Archive

Ziya Tacir.


Curators: Susanne Weiß, Inka Gressel (ifa, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen); Öykü Özsoy (Istanbul Modern)


Curatorial Team: Ümit Mesci, Deniz Pehlivaner



Gülsün Karamustafa, Angel, 1986
Textile collage
103 x  144 x 15 cm
Photo: Chroma
Courtesy of the artist and BüroSarigedik



Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Yazma (originally used fır hand-painted kerchief), 1972
Block print on fabric
72 x 72 cm
Eyüboğlu Family Collection


Click for more information on the exhibition “The Event of a Thread: Global Narratives in Textiles”, held from February 22 through July 7, which brought together objects, installations and video works by 25 international contemporary artists.


Exhibition Publication

"The Event of a Thread" exhibition catalogue

"The Event of a Thread" is an exhibition of ifa
(Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) made in collaboration with Istanbul Modern and supported by
Goethe-Institut Istanbul.