In partnership with ARTWORKS based in Greece, SAHA hosts one of the ARTWORKS' curatorial fellows at SAHA Studio for six weeks, who will have the opportunity to spend time in Istanbul and conduct research. Eva Vaslamatzi, ARTWORKS Curatorial Fellow 2019, is the first participant of the program, who spent May-July 2021 in Istanbul.
Vaslamatzi visited artist studios, archival and art institutions in Istanbul. She presented her curatorial research at the SAHA Studio Open on 15–19 June and developed her network. She completed her curatorial research by a group exhibition, “I heard it from the valleys” in Haus N Athen, held on 2 October 2021 – 5 November 2021, featuring works by 6 artists, including Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, and Marina Papazyan from Istanbul. The exhibition's graphic design was done by Kibele Yarman.
Eva Vaslamatzi (Athens, 1990) is an independent curator and writer working between Athens and Paris. Most recently, she was the co-curator for visual arts at DOC!, a non-profit multipurpose space in northeastern Paris (2017-2019), while also working as an assistant curator at the Palais de Tokyo (2018-2019).
Founded in 2017, ARTWORKS is a nonprofit organization that aims to create a fertile and nurturing environment for Greek artists through funding and public engagement opportunities. ARTWORKS is supported by its founding donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.