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September 19 - November 2
no: 45 Bodrum kat Tophane Beyoğlu
The Built Environment, Lower East Side is an exhibition featuring nine international artists, none of whom have previously shown in Istanbul. These artists are grounded in the urban spaces they inhabit and in which they work. The Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City is a seminal zone of activity for these artists and The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul transports some of the energy and attitude that exists within the creative communities of the LES and exposes that dynamism and spirit to Tophane, Istanbul.
These artists work in photo-based practices, painting, collage, printed matter, sculpture, video, and some are producing site-specific works, directly engaging with the built environment of Istanbul. The artworks combine references to constructed space with a focus on urban topography, specifically a sense of how the order and structure of our environment can produce a sense of disorientation, confrontation, or sometimes anxiety.
The artists whose works are included in The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul are Anna K.E., Carol Szymanski, Eli Ping, Erica Baum, Frank Heath, Jill Magid, Josh Tonsfeldt, Joshua Abelow, Robin Cameron. The project is curated by Kathleen Madden, art historian and lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Barnard College, Columbia University.
For more information about the exhibition, please see here.