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CONTRA

  • CONTRA
October 14, 2014
Sanja Lazic was born in 1990 in Belgrade, Serbia. Her interest in art comes from a very early age and although she didn’t have the talent to pursue it professionally, she enjoys every day working and writing about it. Her favorite urban artists are Interesni Kazki, Saner and Phlegm.

What’s the first thing that crosses your mind when you think about Turkey? Is it the music, beautiful mosques, rich history? And what about Turkish art scene? For decades now, Turkey has been the nurseries of new talents, especially in its capital, Istanbul, whose art scene is quite vibrant and diverse. In order to introduce the world to the talented and large art community and promote its greatest potential, this year the first specialized art fair entitled CONTRA (Contemporary Turkish Art) was established. The art fair will take place coterminous with Frieze Art Fair in London and its inaugural edition will offer a glimpse of the wealthy Istanbul art scene to Londoners during London Art Week.

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Joana Kohen – Marble Brass

Talent Knows No Borders

When we say “art promotion”, we really mean every kind of art – photography, video, illustration, new media, and even street art. Over 20 of the best young artists from these fields will have the unique opportunity to show their talents outside Turkish borders, and at the same time promote their country’s culture and youth.

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Ilker Canikligil

These artists are talented, fresh, educated and produce works that are not mainstream, but rather novel and unexpected. Their works have been awarded with the highest honors in their home country and the list of well known collaborators on their projects is simply impressive. Located at the heart of East London, in The Old Truman Brewery, the event will be shared with three other major satellite fairs: Moniker, The Other Art Fair and Kinetica.

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Furkan “Nuka” Birgun

Turkish Art in London

Full list of artists constists of Ali Ibrahim Ocal, Alper Derinbogaz, Candas Sisman, Cins, Elif Varol Ergen, Emre Unal, Ethem Onur Bilgic, Furkan “Nuka” Birgun, Gumus Ozdes, Gunes Oktay, Ham, Huo Rf, Joana Kohen, Idil Ilkin, Ilker Canikligil, Lalin Akalan, Merve Morkoc, Sinem Disli, Sezer Arici, Ozan Turkkan and Volkan Kiziltunc.

The CONTRA event will last four days, from 16 to 19 October, 2014 at The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London.

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Ethem Onur Bilgic
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Emre Unal
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Cins – Boa
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Ali Ibrahim Ocal
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CONTRA, poster

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