SAHA Association was founded to support artists, curators, and writers working in visual arts from Turkey in improving their production and development environments, and to enhance their interactions with international art institutions and networks.
Since 2011, SAHA has supported over 450 artists, curators, writers, and art initiative projects approximatively in 200 non-profit museum, biennial, art institutions in 46 countries.
SAHA provides support for Ahmet Öğüt’s project Balanced Protest Banners at Dhaka Art Summit.
SAHA provides support for Erkan Özgen’s project at 15th Sharjah Biennial titled Thinking Historically in the Present.
Yusuf Sevinçli took a three-day road trip in September 2022 to create a new photography series that report on Istanbul's ever changing topography and urban ecology and recorded the fast-eroding nature and alien sceneries of Sultangazi, Cebeci, Kemerburgaz, and Karaburun under heavy industrialization.
SAHA announced the beneficiaries of the SAHA Sustainability Fund as a result of an open call for the sustainability of independent art initiatives across Turkey.
"Ten Years of Solidarity, is the story of replacing the question “Why does it not exist?” with “How can it happen?”… Or, in other words, the story of a journey taken for the sake of ‘a different world’.
15th Sharjah Biennial | Sharjah, UAE
Dhaka Art Summit | Bangladesh
TRA-TRAVEL | Osaka, Japan
Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain de Nice | France
Associazione Barriera | Turin, Italy
Oto Sound Museum | Zurich, Switzerland
Biennale Arcipelago Mediterranneo (BAM) | Palermo, Italy
17th Istanbul Biennial
8th Çanakkale Biennial, Turkey
Manifesta 14 | Prizren, Kosovo
Musik Installationen Nürnberg | Germany
S.O.F.A Shared Office For Arts APS, GIUNGLA Fest | Lucca, Italy
documenta 15 | Kassel, Germany
12th Berlin Biennale
GRIMMWELT Kassel | Germany
Jakarta Biennale | Indonesia
Schwules Museum | Berlin, Germany
Van Abbemuseum | Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Kunstverein Göttingen | Germany
6th Ural Industrial Biennial | Ekaterinburg, Russia
Creativamente Roero | Santa Vittoria d'Alba, Italy
Sustainability Funds 2021-2022
Kunsthalle Exnergasse | Vienna, Austria
We made it together!
Autostrada Biennale | Prizren, Kosovo
New Museum Triennial | New York, USA
tinyBE | Darmstadt
17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia
The Boiler@ELM Foundation | Brooklyn, USA
Kunsthaus Pasquart | Biel, Switzerland
SOMArts | San Francisco, USA
13th Gwangju Biennale
11th Liverpool Biennial | United Kingdom
Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart | Switzerland
39th EVA International | Limerick, Ireland
SALT | Istanbul, Turkey
SAHA Art Initiatives Sustainability Fund
Luleå Biennial 2020 | Sweden
Lotsremark Projekte | Basel, Switzerland
3rd Industrial Art Biennial | Labin, Croatia
KADIST | Paris, France
MOCA Toronto | Canada
steirisicher herbst festival | Graz, Austria
Kunsthaus Hamburg | Germany
Depo | Istanbul, Turkey
11th Berlin Bienali | Germany
SAHA supported the production of the work by Erkan Özgen who is invited to Manifesta 12.
SAHA Studio provides emerging to mid-career artists from Turkey with a studio and a coworking space for a period of six months, curatorial support, honorarium and a stipend for living expenses, research and production.VIEW MORE
"SAHA is a ground-breaking institution dedicated to fostering contemporary art and creativity in Turkey. Its support of artists from Istanbul and all over Turkey on international platforms expresses its global vision. I have had the privilege of working with SAHA both in dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012 and for the Istanbul Biennial in 2015, and I have always been impressed by SAHA's ability to nurture artistic practices in Turkey through studio residency programs, artistic production and scholarly publications. SAHA puts people together and makes art happen."
"SAHA not only supports Turkish artists to be present across the world in full energy and strength. What is more important is to consolidate Istanbul as a true center of contemporary creation for the global community. This is particularly meaningful in this time when cultural life and public freedom are under threats due to regressions of democracy all around the world. The current sanitary crisis has added even more pressure on the situation. But heroically SAHA stands by her principle and continue to promote new talents, with even more efforts. This sheds much light and hope for all of us."
"SAHA is a force of good. It enables artists and cultural workers in their shared search for a new kind of a multitude in the global art world. SAHA is deeply committed to the ever-changing needs of its constituency. With an evolving network of cultural partners across intellectual and geographical borders, it provides us all the much-needed support, as we sense imaginative pathways into field of contemporary art and its practices and create daring projects, collaborative contexts, and interdisciplinary frameworks that are - hopefully- of lasting cultural meaning."
"SAHA is an essential force for Turkish artists, cultural workers and institutions, and has made an incredible difference to what these can achieve, in Turkey and beyond. It has grown an active and engaged community of art lovers, that foster forward-thinking enlightened philanthropy through close care, attention, commitment and dedication to artists, cultural workers and organisations and their needs. SAHA works with an ambition that is in tune with artists and the art ecology. It nourishes the field through openness, responsiveness and taking risks with its support, all of which are essential to the creation of great things in art."
"SAHA has quietly existed behind its long list of events with numerous supported projects since its establishment. By recently extending its impact through SAHA Studio, SAHA brings artists together and succeeds in keeping their relationships alive. We always need this solidarity, even more during the pandemic days."
Since 2011, SAHA has supported over 450 artists, curators, writers, and art initiatives for their projects in 200 not-for-profit institutions in 44 countries.
SAHA supports the international research and self-improvement of artists, curators, and researchers from Turkey.
SAHA provides support for the production of monographic publications and artist books, in collaboration with international institutions.