Photography in Days of Pandemic
June 1 - November 15, 2020
The whole world is sharing an experience of restricted movement and interaction. We are trying to understand and make sense of existence during this ambiguous, uncanny period, which cannot be easily described. For some, this experience has led to new discoveries; for others, it has provided opportunities to review past practices and give them new meanings.
During these days of confinement to our homes, Istanbul Modern has launched a new initiative that brings people from the field of photography together to think about the question: What does photography mean in challenging times like this?
Istanbul Modern invited 43 artists from different generations to share the work they produce during the pandemic with audiences everywhere via the museum's online platforms.
Let us recall that photographic images are testaments to the present with powerful links to the future. The new meanings we discover from our observations and emotions today create an important and meaningful cultural heritage for future generations.
Istanbul Modern Photography Department and Advisory Board
Yasin Akgül, Merih Akoğul, Burcu Aksoy, Emin Altan, Coşkun Aral, Ani Çelik Arevyan, Barbara & Zafer Baran, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Dilan Bozyel, Orhan Cem Çetin, Halûk Çobanoğlu, Yusuf Darıyerli, Burak Dikilitaş, Sinem Dişli, Saygun Dura, Murat Durusoy, Eser Epözdemir, Didem Erbaş, Canan Erbil, Murat Germen, Meltem Işık, Ali Kabaş, Elif Kahveci, Ege Kanar, Yonca Karakaş, İzzet Keribar, Yağmur Kızılok, Neslihan Koyuncu, Sıtkı Kösemen, Aslı Narin, Ömer Orhun, Emin Özmen, Ahmet Polat, Jochen Proehl, Ozan Sağdıç, Ahmet Sel, Yusuf Sevinçli, Deniz Ezgi Sürek, Tahir Ün, Emre Ünal, Lale Tara, Begüm Yamanlar, Pınar Yolaçan.
Emin Özmen, 1985
From the series “Quarantine”, 2020 (detail)
©️ Emin Ozmen | Magnum Photos
Ani Çelik Arevyan, 1961
Untitled, #05 From the series “Return”, 2020 (detail)
70 x 100 cm