Antonio Cosentino is working on and around the changes in the city of Istanbul a lot. Tin city is a wonderful comment to the ongoing Transformation of the city by the muncipiality of Istanbul. The Kulah Han, Istanbul, where the exhibition is located, will be directly in the Galataport area, a big commercial urbanism project for making Karaköy a touristic area for Cruisers. Tin city reminds me sin city, an american comic by Frank Miller about the brutal daily life and nights of people in a fictional city. The symbolism allows various imaginations. Will there be a third bridge in Istanbul soon, or a huge Canal in Thrace? Who knows. If the city would be out of tin houses it would be easier to adapt to changes.
Antonio Cosentino is a Turkish artist born 1970 in Istanbul as the son of a Levantine Familie with Italian, Armenian and Greek roots. In 2007 the independend artist group Hafriyat, that was initiated bu Cosentino and some friends, opened up a gallery in Karaköy. At that time an undiscovered area for art.
At the opening I was startled about the installation of Abuzer, the ironmonger. Across the Kulah Han he built an Ottoman Tent, guarded by a scary Pitbull dog. Wonderful set up in that cool part of the old Harbor quarter Karaköy.