For more then 25 years international artists-in-residence programs have been part of the cultural scene of Istanbul. Artists from various regions of the world are moving to the Bosphorus. They live and work here, they get inspired by the city’s rich history and add new impulses to its virulent arts scene.
Two particular artists, who live and work in Istanbul temporarily in 2016, will present their works and talk about their experiences as artists in Istanbul on May 16 at 3 pm at Istanbul Bilgi University, santralistanbul:
Anahita Razmi – artist-in-residence from Berlin
The Istanbul Grant of the Berlin Senate for cultural affairs has been awarded since 1988. It was the first grant to enable foreign artists to get in touch with Turkish culture and to develop projects on the spot.
Since 2013 the program has been tied to the Istanbul based cultural initiative DIYALOG. It helps artists to observe the trends in the contemporary arts scene of the city, to take part in it and to collaborate with Turkish artists.
Anahita Razmi (*1981, Hamburg / Germany) is a visual artist based in Berlin working with video, installation, new media and performance. Her work is reconsidering visual memory, stereotypes, political conditions and standards between Orient and Occident. In 2015 she was awarded the Werkstattpreis of the Erich Hauser Foundation and the Goethe-Institute Villa Kamogawa Residency, Kyoto. Other residencies and awards include the MAK-Schindler Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program, Los Angeles (2013) and the Te Emdash Award, Frieze Foundation (2011).
Ana Strika – artist-in-residence from Zurich
Since 2015 the City of Zurich awards an artist-in-residence grant for Istanbul in the frame of its cultural promotion program. Ana Strika is the second artist of this program, who is living and working in Istanbul for six month. She is developing new projects also in cooperation with Turkish artists.
The program is supported and supervised by the Istanbul based cultural initiative DIYALOG. The intention of the granted stay in Istanbul is to provide the artists with a stimulating, enriching experience.
The visual artist Ana Strika (*1981) is born and based in Zurich. Her expansive installations are poetic and dreamlike with a contextual and innovative orientation.