Kültigin Kağan Akbulut

SAHA has initiated SAHA Art Writing to support independent art writing at the end of 2018. As a first step, AICA Turkey board member Evrim Altuğ was invited to periodically write articles and reviews, accessible on SAHA’s website and social media channels. In 2019, 12 articles ranging from reviews of the Istanbul and Venice Biennials to texts on art events at the United Arab Emirates, interviews with Nil Yalter and İnci Eviner were published online on the SAHA’s website. Three of these articles in Turkish have been translated into English and can be read here.

SAHA Art Writing continues in 2020 with Kültigin Kağan Akbulut. Every month a new article by Akbulut or a different writer invited by him is published as part of the series.

Two theses for the “Contemporary Turn” in Art in Turkey: Stagelessness and Replacement Canon

Süreyyya Evren focuses on the "contemporary turn" the contemporary art history in Turkey has experienced in the late 1990's-early 2000's. 

"Contemporary art history in Turkey experienced a “contemporary turn” at the beginning of the 2000s, although in action, the turn could be traced back to the second half of the 1990s. In summary, the modernist tone prevalent in the culture of art in Turkey was substituted by a contemporary tone."

Reflections of a Foreign Art Writer in Turkey

As an American art writer, Matt Hanson shares his reflections on the art scenery in Turkey.

"I came to Turkey thinking I would write about art. When I arrived in the summer of 2016, just days after the failed coup, I had never plunged into the business of art writing. I saw the Turkish language barrier as an opportunity to focus on the primacy of the visual in art. In the era of #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, the relevance of a white, American male writing about art in Turkey for global Anglophone readers is rightfully dubious. Yet, by realizing that identity implies diversity in the same way that I require others to define my existence, ideas of race and nationality prioritize first-person subjectivity."


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