Prayer Beads, Coffee Cups, Lecterns And More

Prayer beads, coffee cups, ‘beşi bir yerde’ gold pieces, carved wooden lecterns, Turkish Delight dishes, Turkish bath sets and elaborate shoeshine boxes are seven items engrained in the Istanbul memory. Taking ‘cultural sustainability’ as their point of departure, seven Turkish artists have now recast these cultural icons in contemporary designs. Artists featured in the ‘Istanbul Otherwise’ project are Erden Akan, Ayşe Birsel, Ela Cindoruk, Defne Koz, Tanju Özelgin, Meriç Kara and Koray Özgen.  Exhibited earlier at Milan, the works can be seen at Yıldız Technical University, May 18-31.