Friendship Stories

CAMHANE IN BALAT IS TELLING STORIES OF PRESERVATION, RECONCILIATION AND BROTHERHOOD CULLED FROM GREEK AND TURKISH CULTURE.

Transparency is the title of this glassworks exhibition, which features the works of Yasemin Aslan Bakiri from Turkey and Yorgos Papadopoulos from Greece. Playing with the contrasts embodied in glass - strength and fragility, opacity and transparency, Papadopoulos creates evil eye and Virgin Mary images while Bakiri fashions caftans and protective shields in spellbinding colors.

Going beyond their national boundaries and identities, both artists invite the viewer on a journey of discovery of a common history by using the cultural symbols shared by the Turkish and Greek people.

“These works come out of the living spaces of two peoples who share many points in common even if their memories and experiences are quite different, and convey their joys and hopes, perhaps also their anxieties,” says exhibition curator İşık Gençoğlu, adding, “May all friendship stories be protected from evil eyes!”

ISTANBUL BY YILMAZ ZENGER
Nakkaş Art Gallery in Sultanahmet is hosting an exhibition, Istanbul’s Layers of Culture, by Yılmaz Zenger, and a series of informal chats with the artist. The works, which Zenger describes as metaphors for Istanbul’s past, cover a wide range of techniques from painting to sculpture. Through July 19.