Another Way Of Seeing

THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT WE CAN HOLD ON TO THE LIFE WE HAVE TILL THE END.

Sabancı University’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is hosting an exhibition by French artist Sophie Calle, named one of the world’s most important contemporary artists by Newsweek magazine. The exhibition, through December 31, is titled For the Last and First Time. In three parts, it opens with The Last Image, in which Calle asks people either blind from birth or who lost their eyesight later in life to describe the last image they remember seeing.  Based on the notes she takes, she then takes a photo of the narrator and the scene he has described.
The second part of the exhibition, Voir la Mer, records their first glimpse of the sea by Istanbul residents who have not seen it before.

The third and last part of the exhibition bids visitors farewell with a photograph of the sea accompanied by two quotations from Sophie Calle: “The most beautiful thing I ever saw is the sea, the sea going out so far you lose sight of it”, and, “In 1986, I met people who were born blind. I asked them what their image of beauty was. That was the first answer: “A blind man telling me about the sea.”

AND MAYHEM STRUCK
Kutluğ Ataman’s exhibition, Mesopotamia Dramaturgies, at Arter has been extended through December 11. In addition to the videos shown when the exhibition was staged in Linz (2009) and Rome (2010), a video titled Mayhem has also been added here.