Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Borga Kantürk, Gülşah Mursaloğlu, Metehan Özcan, and Dilek Winchester were invited and SAHA Studio was reopened in March 11. Although, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the works in the space were postponed. In this three-month period, online research, meetings, presentations, talks, and social media projects were realized. After June 12, artists began to work in the space in a socially distant manner, focusing on their research and productions, having feedback meetings with the selection committee and the SAHA team. Online or in-person meetings were organized with the founders of the independent art initiatives that SAHA supported and the writers who participated in the SAHA Art Writing Program to exchange ideas. Further meetings were organized with the directors or curators of institutions including Tate St Ives, British Council, Art in Public, Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul Modern, Depo, and Protocinema. The artists followed the program that SAHA organized for their supporters and members; they visited museums and cultural institutions including Arter, Gate 27, and Tarabya Cultural Academy to have conversations with their artists and curators. Between September 10-12, SAHA Studio opened their doors by appointment first to the members and supporters. The artists discussed their practices and the projects that they are developing at SAHA Studio through online meetings. Between September 9 and October 7, every Wednesday, one of the artists opened their studios online, and after Çelenk Bafra’s introductory remarks, the artists conversed with an art professional that the artist had invited and provided insight about their artistic practices and projects.
Artists, who worked at SAHA Studio since March, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Borga Kantürk, Gülşah Mursaloğlu, Metehan Özcan, and Dilek Winchester, opened their studios online to share their projects with viewers. Over the course of five weeks, each Wednesday a different artist gave a tour of their studio online, accompanied by an art professional that they invited and with introductory remarks by SAHA Director curator Çelenk Bafra. The talks were broadcast live from SAHA Studio and can be watched now on SAHA’s Vimeo channel. Program
9 Eylül September 18:30 Borga Kantürk & Merve Ünsal
16 Eylül September 18:30 Metehan Özcan & Huo Rf
23 Eylül September 18:30 Kerem Ozan Bayraktar & Nazlı Yayla
30 Eylül September 18:30 Gülşah Mursaloğlu & Hera Büyüktaşçıyan
7 Ekim October 18:30 Dilek Winchester & Naz Kocadere