SAVE THE DATE / CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL, 12th EDITION, 14-17 SEPTEMBER 2017

POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
SAVE THE DATE / CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL, 12th EDITION, 14-17 SEPTEMBER 2017

Ziya Tacir's 'Seeking Light Cuba' series 'Plate 03' will be exhibited at gallery MERKUR booth! 

Contemporary Istanbul will take place between 14-17 September 2017 at Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC). The 12th edition of the fair will include artworks from both established and emerging galleries, bringing a regional and international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene in Istanbul.

Notable for its unique position both geographically and culturally, Contemporary Istanbul prides itself on bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from Turkey, the Caucasus, the Black Sea, Russia and Middle East, as well as from Europe, America and Asia. 

SAVE THE DATE / 28.04.2017 - 12.05.2017

POSTED ON APRIL 28, 2017

Photo artist Ziya Tacir's fourth solo exhibiton 'Seeking for Light' which is organized by MERKUR represents a poetic vision which reflects Iceland's own natural light to the audience.

SAVE THE DATE / 28.04.2017 - 12.05.2017

'Iceland became one of the most popular centers between photographers in recent years. The places which can be thought as landmark are already photographed many times before, so it is really hard to bring a new different vision.

However, at the end of some researches that i've done, i had decided to have this journey and search for light by seeing that Iceland was from a different planet. Until this time, i've focused on the which 'lost, missing' at my works. Iceland serie had made me feel the same, the feeling of the fear that can be lost at every turn, the fear that we can't see it again...

Iceland's light is already photoshopped by itself, there is no need more intervention. I am always traying to keep the 'perfection, excessive details' on the preplan. I am wishing to create a space on my photographs that audiences can write their own story and dream. This is why there are big prints, the very detailed of the spaces, symmetry and depth.'

Ziya Tacir, 2017

 

 

SAVE THE DATE / CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL, 11th EDITION, 3-6 NOVEMBER 2016

POSTED ON OCTOBER 20, 2016
SAVE THE DATE / CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL, 11th EDITION, 3-6 NOVEMBER 2016

After being encouraged by its exhibition, collectors and curators, Contemporary Istanbul, the region's leading art fair's 11th edition is still planned to take palace from 3 -6 November 2016 with Preview Day on 2 Nowember. Continuing on its  past critical acclaim, the fair showcases art from the region alongside works from around the world, lending the fair its distinct character as a place to discover artists. Particularly in light of recent circumstances facing Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul (CI) believes it is increasingly important to continue to reflect Istanbul's place as a vibrant cultural centre in today's world.

Ali Güreli, CI's Chairman commentes: '' CI is an Istanbul-based fair and we want to continue to provide a platform to showcase not only contemporary Turkhis art but also art from the wider region in an international contex. Historically, culture has land ıstanbul its unique edge and now more so than ever, we must not forget the role art plays as a force for dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation. Peopel here are dedicated and passionate about supporting and collecting contemporary art ; they understand its ability to reflect the society of our time. The scene here is full of energy, with over 40 commercial galleries as well as established private collections, an infrastructure of institutions and the Biennale. The best art markets are those where there is a strong regionl context; we are fortunate that Istanbul is a very attractive regional hub.''  

SAVE THE DATE / 17.03.2016 - 16.05.2016

POSTED ON MARCH 11, 2016
SAVE THE DATE / 17.03.2016 - 16.05.2016

PHOTOGRAPHS THAT ADD SOUL TO A PALACE / PEGASUS MAGAZINE INTERVIEW, MARCH 2016

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 24, 2016
PHOTOGRAPHS THAT ADD SOUL TO A PALACE / PEGASUS MAGAZINE INTERVIEW, MARCH 2016

 

Since 2011, Photographer Ziya Tacir has made a name for himself with hıs exhibitions “Bomontı”, “Greek Orphanage” and “People’s Palaces”. We talked to him about his art and his travel preferences.

- How did you first become interested in photography?

In 1999, two important factors got me started with photography: my interest in SLR (Single Lens Reflex - Camera with a changable lens) cameras, and my desire to photograph my newborn son. I can still picture what I saw the first time
I looked through the viewfinder of the Canon 5 camera that belonged to a close friend of mine, and that’s the reason why I started to take photographs.

- You often take photos of architectural structures. Is there any particular reason why?

- I don’t actually have any clearly defined boundaries when it comes to photographic subjects. My aim is to photograph everything that kindles my desire to take photographs. My first two exhibitions were focused on two spaces that were both abandoned but that still maintained their original beauty against the ravages of time. My third exhibition was comprised of photographs of metro stations in Stockholm and Moscow which, again, are everyday places of great architectural significance. But now I’m planning an exhibition that will consist solely of nature photography. Perhaps after that I’ll try portraiture. I believe that a variety of subjects broadens one’s experience.

- Which of your photographs is your favorite?

- In general, no artist can chose between their works, but finds them all equally valuable. It’s the same for me, although there will be one or two photographs that stand out in each exhibition. For example, some of the ones I like best are the on titled ''I Can Hear The Music'' from my exhibition ''Greek Orphanage'' and ''Road To Hell'' from my latest exhibition ''People's Palaces''. 

- What will your next project focus on? Where would you like to photograph? 

- I’m planning an exhibition that will feature photographs I took in Iceland and in Cuba.

- Do you travel often?

- Due to my busy work schedule, I need to travel a lot. I also go on vacation every once in a while.

- What are your favorite cities, the ones that have left the greatest impression on you? could you say, “I wish I lived there?” about any particular city? 

- My two favorite cities in the world are Istanbul and New York. I really like life in New York. There are an unlimited number of opportunities, especially when it comes to art and culture. 

- Are there any cities/countries you’d really like to see, but so far haven’t had the chance?

- There are a lot of countries I'd like to visit. Bhutan and New Zealand are at the top of the list.

PHOTOGRAPHS THAT BREATHE LIFE INTO SPACE / GLOBER MAGAZINE INTERVIEW, NOVEMBER 2015

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 24, 2016
PHOTOGRAPHS THAT BREATHE LIFE INTO SPACE / GLOBER MAGAZINE INTERVIEW, NOVEMBER 2015

Ziya Tacir has been taking photographs since 1999, and since 2011 he has had three solo exhibitions and taken part in numerous group exhibitions. In the photographs included in ‘People’s Places’, Tacir has managed to capture the same lively feeling of depth as in the works in his previous two exhibitions. He met up with us and told us the story behind the photographs he takes.

- Why are you so interested in spaces?

- Ever since I was a child I’ have been interested in spaces that are architecturally impressive. I find such buildings all the more fascinating if they’ ve been abandoned and are shrouded in loneliness. But I don’t place any limitations on myself when it comes to taking photographs.

- All of your photographs pull you into their spaces when you look at them, especially in terms of perspective, as if they were three dimensional. Do you try to get people to experience the spaces in your pictures rather than just see them?

- In my photographs I pay special attention to three determining qualities: symmetry, depth and details... At the same time I use soft tones so that my photographs give the impression of being paintings. In that way I try to draw out the beauty of spaces that have been abandoned, fallen from favour or, even if they are still inhabited, tend to be overlooked.

- Looking at your photographs is like travelling in time. As you look at them, you can get on a train that departs from the past of that space and get off at the station of your own past. What do you feel in those spaces where you take photographs?

- Before a shoot I do thorough research and carry out explorations, trying to feel that space. The places I choose to photograph fill me with excitement and I think that my photos reflect that excitement.

- All of the photographs in your series ‘Bomonti’ and ‘Prinkipo Orphanage’ are sombre... In contrast, the next exhibition ‘People’s Palaces’, which opened last September, is more colourful, vivacious and hope-inspiring. Why did the content of your photographs change?

- I think that more than being a matter of content the biggest difference is that the spaces in the first two series had been abandoned while the last one is still inhabited and actively being used. Bomonti and the Prinkipo Orphanage are some of the most beautiful places in the world but they’d been forgotten. Despite this, I tried to show just how impressive they are. I’m quite pleased that the Bomonti Beer Factory has been restored and is being used again, and if I played a role in that, no matter how small, I’d be happy.

- The titles of your photographs are like the titles of stories you’ve written for them...

To tell the truth, my wife comes up with the titles. She’s got quite a knack for putting into words what she feels when she looks at my photographs.

- In your opinion, how does the proper restoration and the revivi cation of buildings contribute to culture?

- The spaces in my photographs were designed by major architects, and they hold out against time. In this way, in terms of perpetuating our historical heritage it is extremely important that these buildings are brought back to life through restoration and maintained for future generations.

- Have you come up with the theme of your next project?

- My next project, which I’ve been working on since last summer, is different in terms of content. The subjects I’m working on include exterior spaces, landscapes and urban textures. 

GALA MODERN IN SUPPORT OF EDUCATION

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 05, 2016
GALA MODERN IN SUPPORT OF EDUCATION

“Gala Modern” was held on the evening of Saturday, December 12 at Istanbul Modern with the aim of providing opportunities for the education of children and young people by supporting Istanbul Modern’s educational programs once again in 2016. 600 guests attended the evening, bringing together leading figures from the business, art, and media worlds.

 

This year’s “Gala Modern” evening was sponsored by Eren Holding. As every year, a special menu was prepared for the evening by the Istanbul Modern Restaurant, another of the sponsors of “Gala Modern”, while the venue was designed by Vakko Espace for the evening and its organization carried out by Dream Design Factory (dDf).

Rana Erkan Tabanca was the voluntary presenter for the “Gala Modern” evening, during which a support contest directed by Raffi Portakal and Maya Portakal Bitargil was carried out to raise funding for the museum’s educational activities.

 

Halit Ergenç contributed to the fundraising by introducing the educational programs to be held in conjunction with Istanbul Modern’s new exhibition TILL IT’S GONE: An Exhibition on Nature and Sustainability.

 

The following artists created special works for the “Gala Modern” evening to support Istanbul Modern’s educational projects: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Adnan Çoker, William Kentridge, Sıtkı Kösemen, Nuri Kuzucan, Kemal Önsoy, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Adrián Villar Rojas, TUNCA, Ziya Tacir, Richard Wentworth, Pae White, and Autoban (Seyhan Özdemir Sarper, Sefer Çağlar).

 

The 13 artists took part in the support contest with 15 works and raised 2,195,000 TL for the museum’s educational projects. 300,000 TL was earmarked to support the educational programs to be held in conjunction with Istanbul Modern’s new exhibition TILL IT’S GONE.

 

Chair of the Board of Istanbul Modern Oya Eczacıbaşı stated that thanks to the contributions made by Istanbul Modern’s Friends of Education, the educational programs have become more varied and that this year, 42 thousand children and young people have benefited from the programs.

 

The troupe Enra presented a specialperformance of their piece Pleiades. Following the support contest, the evening ended with the after party, which lasted into the late hours.

 

The Cultural Ambassadors of Istanbul Modern who organized the “Gala Modern” evening are as follows: Esra Ekmekçi Çalıcıoğlu, Levent Çalıkoğlu, Banu Çarmıklı, Oya Eczacıbaşı, Şeli Elvaşvili, Ronit Gülcan, Melkan Gürsel, Merve Gürsel, Cem Hakko, Banu İpeker, Esra Özsüer, Maya Portakal Bitargil, Raffi Portakal, Okşan Atilla Sanön, Aslı Soyak, Asuman Şener, Rana Erkan Tabanca, and Taha Tatlıcı

ZİYA TACİR' s ICELAND PHOTOGRAPH WILL BE EXHIBITED AT GALLERY MERKUR BOOTH

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 12, 2015
ZİYA TACİR' s ICELAND PHOTOGRAPH WILL BE EXHIBITED AT GALLERY MERKUR BOOTH

Contemporary Istanbul is delighted to announce the launch of the 10th edition of the region’s leading art fair and its series of innovative programming, which takes place from 12–15 November 2015 at the Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC).

On Wednesday, 11 November, Contemporary Istanbul kicks off the fair with its invitation-only preview, allowing guests to enjoy a first glimpse of the exhibitions and projects.

For its landmark 10th anniversary, Contemporary Istanbul brings together more than 700 artworks and 102 leading and emerging galleries from 28 cities across 24 countries, including 23 galleries that are taking part for the first time. Participating galleries were selected by CI’s Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler, with selection committee members Kerimcan Güleryüz, Nathalie Mamane-Cohen and Freda Rozenbaum-Uziyel.

ZİYA TACİR's PHOTOGRAPH 'GAME OR PLAY?' WILL BE EXHIBITED AT GALLERY MERKUR BOOTH

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 11, 2014
ZİYA TACİR's PHOTOGRAPH 'GAME OR PLAY?' WILL BE EXHIBITED AT GALLERY MERKUR BOOTH

Contemporary Istanbul will take place 13-16 November at Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC). 

The leading international art fair in Turkey brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey's vibrant metropolis every November. 

New Horizons, a section of Contemporary Istanbul which offers an annual focus of contemporary art from a selected geographic region will this year put a spotlight on China.

For the second year running an addition to the fair is Plug-In New Media Section, dedicated to showcasing digital art in a 1000 square meters area next to the main exhibition space. 

A comprehensive CI Dialogues program of talks and conferences will complement the second year of Plug-In Istanbul and New Horizons.

MODERN CONTEMPORARY, ABU DHABI ART

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 12, 2013
MODERN CONTEMPORARY, ABU DHABI ART

SAVE THE DATE / 22-25 NOV 2012

POSTED ON APRIL 24, 2013
SAVE THE DATE / 22-25 NOV 2012

"ROAD THE HELL" WILL BE EXHIBITED AT GALLERY MERKUR

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 01, 2013

Contemporary Istanbul will take place 7-10 November at The Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC) and Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) Contemporary Istanbul is the leading international art fair in Turkey and brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey's vibrant metropolis every November.

Featuring 92 galleries from 21 countries with outstanding works by more than 650 international and Turkish artists. The eighth edition of fairwill be the largest event to date. Half of the works to be exhibited are from the region Balkans. North Africa and East Mediterranean and the rest is from Europe and America.

Marlborough Gallery, New York; Galerie Lelong, Paris; Andipa Gallery, London; Opera Gallery, Genoa; Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon; Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid; Senda, Spain; Michael Schultz, Germany; Klaus Steinmetz, Costa Rica; MERKUR, Dirimart, Galerist, Galeri Mana, Galeri Nev, Pi Artworks, Rampa, Xist from Turkey are among the expected participant galleries.

"I AM A MESS" AND "I HEAR THE MUSIC" WILL BE EXHIBITED AT GALLERY MERKUR

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 15, 2012

Contemporary Istanbul, the art fair in Turkey, announces its 7th edition at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center and the Istanbul Congress Center Featuring around 100 galleries and around 600 artists, the 7th edition of Contemporary Istanbul will host events, CI Dialogues Conference Series, be the largest art fair to date.

The New Horizons section explores contemporary artistic expression of surrounding countries of the region, in this 7th edition the focus is on Central and Eastern Europe, with Contemporary Istanbul playing host to galleries and artists, curators, publications, art critics and collectors from the region.

In honour of 400 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands, Contemporary Istanbul is hosting a special selection of Dutch galleries and an important number of Dutch artists, gallerists and collectors will participate.

© 2014 ZİYA TACİR