The Moment Of Looking At A Work Of Art

WITH HIS HANDS CLASPED BEHIND HIS BACK AND HIS EYES NARROWED TO SLITS, HE HAS CLOSED HIMSELF OFF TO THIS WORLD AND OPENED HIMSELF UP TO ANOTHER.

WITH HIS HANDS CLASPED BEHIND HIS BACK AND HIS EYES NARROWED TO SLITS, HE HAS CLOSED HIMSELF OFF TO THIS WORLD AND OPENED HIMSELF UP TO ANOTHER.

And in that other world, myriad colors, lines, shapes, patterns…  He takes one step back to be able to see each and every point at the same time; then two steps forward to be able to smell the paint. Museums have not yet permitted us to watch their video recordings. Nevertheless, some people have considered those who would like to look at those who look long at works of art, among them, İzzet Kehribar, one of Turkey’s leading photographers, and contemporary French artist Laurence Aëgerter. An exhibition, ‘D’Un Regard, L’Autre’, at Istanbul’s French Culture Center examines the relationship between works of art and those who look at them. Different points of view from two artists of two different generations, with the backing of the Paris museums.

İZZET KERİBAR  
Born in 1936, photographer İzzet Keribar graduated from Istanbul’s Saint-Michel Lycée. He possesses one of the richest visual archives in Turkey with over a million images. Keribar, who has been knighted for his academic success, is also the recipient of many awards.

LAURENCE AËGERTER 
Born in Marseille in 1962, contemporary French artist Laurence Aëgerter lives and works in Amsterdam. The recipient of numerous awards, Aëgerter’s works are on exhibit in some of the world’s most respected collections such as MoMA and the Centre Pompidou.

COMING SOON: THE WORLD HANDICAPPED SYMPOSIUM
REPRESENTATIVES FROM 45 COUNTRIES WILL ATTEND THE WORLD HANDICAPPED SYMPOSIUM AND WORLD HANDICAPPED UNION WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN ISTANBUL MARCH 4-6.

Drawing support in Turkey from Yeni Yüzyıl University, Bahçeşehir University and Kültür University together with a number of NGO’s active in the country, the World Handicapped Foundation has developed a National Platform for the World Handicapped Union Organizations Project. Slated to take place in Istanbul March 4-6, the World Handicapped Symposium and World Association of Disabled Persons Workshop will welcome participants from 45 countries.

Having developed the World Union of the Handicapped and made plans for the World Handicapped General Assembly on December 3rd, the initiative is eager to implement in union member countries a number of handicapped projects it has been working on for years based on the Turkish model. Inspired by the 1982 United Nations’ World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons, the initiative has made it their mission to stand up for the rights and needs of the world’s 650 million handicapped whom it represents.

COME ON, LET’S RUN
‘Adım Adım’ is initative that combines sport with social resposibility.
1. the adım adım ınıtıatıve (AAI) is a non-governmental organization of over a thousand members aimed at encouraging charity and the culture of sport in Turkey through endurance sports like running, swimming, biking and mountain climbing.
2.In its first three years, AAI’s 450 members collected donations totaling 1,080,000 Turkish Liras from 8,600 people in 700 runs.
3.Members of the ADIM ADIM INITIATIVE will be competing in Runtalya in the southern city of Antalya on March 6th. The next run will be the Eurasia Marathon, to be held in Istanbul in October.

For more information: www.adimadim.org

Un Carnevale in Maschera
THE VENICE CARNIVAL IS GOING TO SET THE PIAZZA SAN MARCO ON FIRE!
It dates back to 1268 but only became famous in the 18th century. Held in one of the most beautiful cities on earth, in a setting that literally ignites romanticism, this festival, in which all participants don masks and costumes in a virtual contest to be the most extraordinary, has no match in the world. It is a noteworthy event not be missed.

The masks that in the original festival signified the wearer’s place in the social hierarchy can be donned freely today by anybody who wants to wear one. Indeed, the more creative you are, the greater your chance of being noticed and photographed. The festival, on Venice’s famed St. Mark’s Square, has been extended this year to March 8th to include International Women’s Day. The gondolas taking part in the procession on the Grand Canal will be illuminated by nothing but candles this year, silently contributing to the city’s enchanted atmosphere.

Not to be missed!
Although St. Mark’s Square is the heart of the festival, there are parties, dances and street theaters in every street and on every corner. Volo dell’Angelo is a magical show in which balloons and confetti rain down on the crowd. And La Festa Delle Marie held at San Pietro di Castello is an historic spectacle open to all.

GRAND PRIX SEASON IS STARTING!
FORMULA 1’s NEW CAPITAL: BAHRAIN .
Coming to Bahrain in 2004, Formula 1 is run there on the newly opened Sakhir track. Sakhir has largely been the butt of criticism up to now. The fact that it is one of the world’s safest circuits is no virtue in the eyes of most racing buffs. Its broad turns where cars are not edged off the track as drivers try to pass each other dampens the excitement for spectators.

So, Bahrain is eliminating the 3.91 miles and 20 seconds of lap time it added in 2010 and returning to the original lap for the 2011 races. Dates for the Bahrain Grand Prix, where Fernando chalked up his fourth win and his first for Ferrari, are March 11-13th.

RATCHETING UP THE EXCITEMENT!
The Australian Grand Prix is considerably older than Bahrain’s. Held since 1985, the race used to be run in the streets of Adelaide before it moved to Melbourne in 1996. Melbourne, too, has no permanent track and the races are run in the streets. For television viewers this means incredible excitement, but for those following the race on the spot it’s a thrill of another order of magnitude. Just as in the popular video games, Albert Park with its 16 turns runs through the city center.

As in 2009, Jenson Button won the race for McLaren-Mercedes last year at the highly popular Albert Park, a super smooth track conducive to high speeds. The Melbourne Grand Prix will be held March 24-27th.

Performing classical ballet with classical ballet costumes and decor on a giant ice rink set up as a stage, the St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice (the former Leningrad State Ballet on Ice) is at Tim Maslak Show Center March 1-6.

The Canadian Education Week organized by the Canadian Embassy is to take place on March 12 and 13 at the Istanbul Hilton. For detailed information on the event, in which Canada’s leading universities, language schools, colleges, and high schools will participate, visit:
www.educanada.2011.com

Photographer Cem Canbay’s exhibition, From East to West, Cuba in 30 Days, is on at Fototrek Photography Center through March 3rd. The photographs feature views of Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Remedios, Vinales and Havana.

A fado singer who attracted the attention of the whole world in June 2007 by singing No Expectations with Mick Jagger by invitation of the Rolling Stones, Ana Moura is at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on March 7th.

Burak Bedenlier, Zeynep Beler, Engin Beyaz, Sibel Diker, Evrim Kavcar, Burçak Konukman, Elif Öner, Nejat Satı, Gökçe Süvari and İlke Yılmaz are at Borusan House of Music through March 12th in an exhibition appropriately dubbed ‘Assessing the Situation’.

The Canadian Education Week organized by the Canadian Embassy is to take place on March 12 and 13 at the Istanbul Hilton. For detailed information on the event, in which Canada’s leading universities, language schools, colleges, and high schools will participate, visit: www.educanada.2011.com

Known for his photographic projects on a number of different subjects, Merih Akoğul is at Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery with an exhibition entitled ‘Lost Souls’. The show, which runs till March 13th, features domestic and street animals that form relationships with humans.

Akbank’s 7th Short Film Festival is at Aksanat, March 7-17. With a total of 92 films from 21 countries, the international section features productions from Germany, Israel, Greece, Austria, England, Finland, Iran, Canada, Brazil and the U.S.

Talked about for its unusual designs, the garden sector is bringing together Istanbul’s 6th Garden Furniture, Landscape Design, Garden Architecture, Garden Equipment, Pool and Plant Fair in Garden World 2011 at TÜYAP fair center March 24-27.

Bali Art Gallery is hosting the works of Mithat Şen, one of Turkey’s most original painters, March 9 through 27th. The artist, who has 30 new projects in the show, is known for his designs that combine tradition, the living moment and the future.