Istanbul Metro Tunnels Become Art Space

istanbul metro tunnels become art venues
istanbul metro tunnels become art venues

İBB turns the rail system tunnels into crossroads of culture and art. The Taksim – Harbiye approach tunnel, which hosted an exhibition in 2005 for the last time, says “hello” to art again with an unusual project called “Finding Healing in Istanbul”. The exhibition will be held on April 20, by the President of IMM. Ekrem İmamoğluHe will meet with Istanbulites in a ceremony attended by .

Turkey's largest urban rail system operator, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), metro area of ​​over 1 million square meters, will reach the speed of metropolitan life are transforming the intersection of culture and art. Istanbulites; On the way to their homes, jobs or loved ones, they will be full of culture and art and have a pleasant time in the huge areas of rail systems.

The first unusual exhibition will be held in collaboration with Karşı Sanat in the approach tunnel of M2 Yenikapı – Hacıosman Metro. The exhibition titled “Finding Healing in Istanbul” will be held on 20 April by the President of IMM. Ekrem İmamoğluIt will open its doors with the participation of .

Citizens spend a significant amount of time in subways in Istanbul, which is one of the few metropolises in the world. At the same time, the daily intensity makes it difficult to spend time for cultural and artistic activities. The exhibition, which aims to fill the gap in this area by the subways, which have become a part of the daily life of Istanbul residents, will be open to visitors until May 20.

ÖZGÜR SOY: "WE WILL MAKE THE METROS INTERSECTION OF CULTURE AND ART"

Özgür Soy, General Manager of METRO ISTANBUL, a subsidiary of IMM, stated that they want Istanbul residents who use the subways to see works in different branches of art and said:

“Until today, we hosted works such as photography exhibitions and wall painting applications at various points. We believe that this approach is also valuable in terms of our artists in Turkey. Because they also find it difficult to find spaces to express themselves due to the pandemic. Our artists will meet the people of the city without intermediaries, and art will find a place in life with the metro. For this reason, we want to include more artworks in our fields. "

In Taksim, in the center of Istanbul and in the depths of the city, this special place is brought to the city through art. kazanStating that they are happy to open the doors to visitors, Soy said, “Opening this impressive place to visitors makes us happy by positioning Istanbul in the cultural and artistic life. With its atmosphere, architectural features and memory, the approach tunnel provides a unique connection for the exhibition 'Finding Healing in Istanbul'. On the other hand, with its location and opportunities, it deserves to be included in the map of culture and arts areas in Turkey and even in the world.”

WORKS OF IMPORTANT ARTISTS WILL INCLUDE

In the exhibition to be curated by Melis Bektaş; Arek Qadrra, Berka Beste Kopuz, Monster, Deniz Çimlikaya, Ece Eldek, Eda Aslan, Eda Emirdağ & İrem Nalça, Emin Köseoğlu, İpek Yücesoy, İsmet Köroğlu, Marina Papazyan, Metehan Özcan, SABO, Seydi Murat Koç, Umut Erbaş and Yekateryna Grygorenko It will feature works by important artists such as.

Also; Cemre Gürbüz, Gabriel Doyle and Naomi Cohen, who study the history and relations of Surp Pırgiç, Balıklı Rum, Surp Agop, Balat Or-Ahayim and the Bulgarian Hospital, which were established in the Ottoman Empire at the height of the 19th century cholera epidemic, are will exhibit.

The approach tunnel, 200 meters long, 4 meters wide and 4.5 meters high, opens to the life underground and to Taksim and Harbiye, one of the most vibrant spots of Istanbul. Tünel hosted the exhibition organized in cooperation with Karşı Sanat in 2005, but was left alone afterwards. Bearing the traces of that exhibition, the tunnel is preparing to open its hearts to artists by hosting a new exhibition in 2021.

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