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Learning From Istanbul
October 1, 2010   
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Warsaw’s Center for Contemporary Art is hosting an exhibition entitled Divercity: Learning From Istanbul to showcase the latest Turkish art from the perspective of Istanbul, an ancient city that straddles east and west. Specially put together for Warsaw, this is also an attempt to compare the two cities.

Some of the more ambitious of the up-and-coming generation of modern artists from Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece were invited to take part—artists searching for new themes and means of expressing them. Didem Ozbek, Can Altay, Osman Bozkurt, Ergin Cavusoglu, Orhan Esen, Deniz Gul, Emre Huner, Ceren Oykut, Bas Princen, Tayfun Serttas, Ali Taptik and Solmaz Shahbazi are among the artists whose work is on display.

The works concerning Istanbul do not paint a picture of a homogenous town but rather portray the multitude of phenomena that go into creating what is called a city. The lives of its citizens are determined by its energy and its constant changes. At the same time, a city is shaped by individuals appropriating its space and surroundings.

Emre Huner’s “Total Realm” is being displayed on a large-format digital billboard at the intersection of ¦więtokrzyska and Marszałkowska streets. Ceren Oykut’s posters have been appearing around town as well.

The exhibition draws on the concept of the city as a spatial, social, political and economic backdrop for the day-to-day practices and strategies of the megalopolis, such as power plays, the coexistence of different social groups, and as a setting for fictional narratives and personal stories, dreams and desires.


Open until Nov. 7
Center for Contemporary Art, 2 Jazdów St., Warsaw
tel. +48 22 628-12-71 to -73, +48 22 628-76-83
e-mail: csw@art.pl
Open noon to 7 p.m.
Tue.-Sun. and noon to 9 p.m. Fri.
Admission zl.12 (regular), zl.6 (concessions), free on Thursdays
For more information, go to www.csw.art.pl
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