Curated by Nihan Çetinkaya, the exhibit showcases a variety of contemporary artworks, including street art, painting, and videos by up-and-coming Turkish and international artists. The inspiration for the exhibition comes from Britist travel writer and novelist Jonathan Raban’s book Soft City, which depicts the chaos of living in large, modern, cosmopolitan cities, and addresses its horrors, joys, and stresses, underlining the fact that we all create our versions of cities. Impelled by this book, the exhibition addresses the trauma caused by urban life and the personal dilemmas that test our strength.
The exhibition is held at numerous venues, including the main building of ALANistanbul, Manzara Perspectives’s art store on Tatar Bey street no:27, a shop window on Serdar-ı Ekrem Street, a coffee shop on Lüleci Hendek Street, and more.
The street on which ALANistanbul is located is going through restoration, and a major costruction work is being held by the municipality, riddling the entire area. This project will be included as a critical addition to the exhibit. The viewers, who will be guided to the numerous artworks, will begin their tour at ALANistanbul’s main building, and will be directed to the other artworks by following tulips in plastic vases on the streets.
Participating artists: Alfredo Ramos Fernandez, Amandine Braci, Antonio Cosentino, Erdem Helvacıoglu, Erkin Gören, Gümüş Özdeş, Katarzyna Badach, Levent Kunt, Miriam Linschooten, Monika Bulanda, Merve Çanakçı, Neriman Polat, NalanYırtmaç, Pınar Ögrenci, Sameer Farooq, Sevil Tunaboylu, Sohrab Kashani, Şafak Çatalbaş, Timothée Huguet, Yeşim Akdeniz Graf, Zeynep Beler