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Modern and Contemporary Women Artists from Turkey
Artists: Mihri Müşfik, Melek Celal Sofu, Belkıs Mustafa, Güzin Duran, Nazlı Ecevit, Fahrelnissa Zeid, Aliye Berger, Bedia Güleryüz, Sabiha Rüştü Bozcalı, Nermin Faruki, Sabiha Ziya Bengütaş, Hale Asaf, Maide Arel, Şükriye Dikmen, Eren Eyüboğlu, Semiha Berksoy, Füreya, Frumet Tektaş, Zerrin Bölükbaşı, Leyla Gamsız, Naile Akıncı, Tiraje Dikmen, Bilge Civelekoğlu Friedlaender, Bilge Alkor, Candeğer Furtun, Tülay Tura Börtecene, Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, Füsun Onur, Nil Yalter, Tomur Atagök, Neş’e Erdok, İpek Duben, Nur Koçak, Nevhiz, Seyhun Topuz, Meriç Hızal, Nancy Atakan, Gülsün Karamustafa, Canan Beykal, Ayşe Erkmen, Azade Köker, Fatma Tülin, Hale Arpacıoğlu, Canan Tolon, İnci Eviner, Kezban Arca Batıbeki, Handan Börüteçene, Canan Dağdelen, Hale Tenger, Selda Asal, Selma Gürbüz, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Gül Ilgaz, Şükran Moral, Arzu Başaran, Gülay Semercioğlu, Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz, Neriman Polat, Canan, Nezaket Ekici, Esra Ersen, Ebru Özseçen, Elif Çelebi, Leyla Gediz, Bengü Karaduman, Aslı Sungu, İnci Furni, Nilbar Güreş, Seda Hepsev, Ceren Oykut, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Gözde İlkin, Güneş Terkol, AtılKunst
With the exhibition Dream and Reality-Modern and Contemporary Women Artists from Turkey, İstanbul Modern aims to show Turkey’s social and cultural transformation as seen through the eyes of female artists. The exhibition, which is centered on the position of women in the art world, offers a new, alternative perspective on the sociocultural history of Turkey.
Curated by Fatmagül Berktay, Levent Çalıkoğlu, Zeynep İnankur, and Burcu Pelvanoğlu, the exhibition includes artworks from the mid-19th century through to the present day and incorporates many different disciplines ranging from painting to video.
The exhibition, which can also act as a summary of modern and contemporary Turkish art, links seventy-four artists: including pioneering women artists about whose lives and works we know very little and whose names are almost forgotten; the rediscovered moderns; and women artists who for the last four decades have been shaping the contemporary art scene with their intellectual attitudes and practical actions.
The exhibition takes its title from the 1891 novel Dream and Reality coauthored by Fatma Aliye and Ahmet Midhat. This romance novel features many of the period’s symbolic characteristics; the first part, called “Dream,” was written by Fatma Aliye and the second part, which emphasises reality, by Ahmet Midhat. Fatma Aliye is featured on the cover of the novel with the pen name “A Woman,” therefore only indicating her gender, whereas the author of the “Reality” section is male.
Taking the novel Dream and Reality as its reference point, the exhibition investigates how women artists turn their dreams into reality and conveys, through visual examples, the relationships women artists establish with the different stratum of reality through their productions. It also explores the place of these relationships in today’s contemporary art culture.
By drawing attention to the works of women artists produced over more than a century, the exhibition aims to remind us of their position in the history of art while making visible the ways in which, through their art, they convey their experiences in the social arena. It also, more particularly, shows their pioneering and critical position in the contemporary art world.
The exhibition opens up to discussion the issue of female identity, which in Turkey has taken shape via diverse sociocultural dynamics. Furthermore, in panels, symposia, and workshops held in conjunction with the exhibition, feminist theory, gender discussions, and women’s studies in Turkey will be analyzed by speakers from different disciplines.
Curators: Fatmagül Berktay, Levent Çalıkoğlu, Zeynep İnankur, Burcu Pelvanoğlu
İstanbul Modern is grateful to Mrs. TAMARA MANSIMOV for her generous support of all exhibition-related events.