The co-curators Huma Kabakcı and Mine Küçük have been fascinated with the idea of exhibiting contemporary artworks inspired by the past. After discussing the concept for some time, the curators agreed to include a mixture of both national and international artists who work with various materials and subject matters related to the past. As such, the name “Past meets Present” was given to the exhibition, to explain and summarise the whole idea.
Anna Laudel Contemporary presents exhibitions of both Turkish and foreign artists and the gallery was founded by Anna Laudel in 2012. In addition to established artists, the gallery also creates a thought-provoking, artistic platform for young contemporary artists both in Turkey and abroad.
The exhibition concept and the selection of artists was a good fit for Anna Laudel Contemporary's approach and vision, not only because of how timely it is but also because the concept of time in general is fundamental when it comes to individual expression and because it acts as a common language when trying to answer all sorts of questions relating to identity.
“Past meets Present” is curated as a museum exhibition with the hope of creating an impact on the visitors through the unique pieces of art and materials, and encouraging them to seek out further sources of artistic inspiration. There will be an activity programme parallel to the exhibition which includes curatorial tours, artist talks and workshops aiming to bring the artists and visitors together.