April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

SALT Galata’s Open Archive is a project space which “explores possible relationships between archives, democracy, and transparency,” in line with SALT’s belief that in order to be of value, archives must be available to all.

O Zamanlar Konusuyorduk (It was a Time of Conversation) is SALT’s second Open Archive project. It was a Time of Conversation deals with the art scene in Turkey in the early-mid 1990s, a time when, according to the project’s organizers, “institutionalization was still at a minimum.” The documents, videos, and other sources in It was a Time of Conversation focus specifically on three exhibitions from this period: Elli Numara / Ani/Bellek II (Number Fifty / Memory/Recollection II), GAR (Railway Station), which ran for just a single day in 1995 at the Ankara Train Station before being closed by the Station Directorate on grounds of immorality; and Küresellesme – Devlet, Sefalet, Siddet (Globalization – State, Misery, Violence), a parallel exhibition of the 4th Istanbul Biennial in 1995, dealing with individual and state violence.
When: February 8 – April 22
How much: Free



March 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you are about to visit Istanbul (or live in Istanbul) there is one exhibition that should be at the top of your to do list : Van Gogh Alive. It’s simply breathtaking. You enter the exhibition and you feel like you’re in another world. It’s a huge space where Van Gogh paintings surround you and tell you a story. You hear classical music,such as Gymnopedie #1, that match the paintings and you read inpiring quotes from Van Gogh. It’s one of those exhibitions that you want to see again because it gives you peace and take all kinds of negative thoughts away; it lets you forget all your worries. 

I won’t live without love.

I would rather die of passion than of boredom

Van Gogh Alive will be going on until the 15th of May at Antrepo 3 (Karaköy-Istanbul). Thank you for the Van Gogh photos Ece!


February 28, 2012 § 2 Comments

Whether you’re a shopaholic, a workaholic, a K-Pop fanatic, a foodie, a filmmaker, or just a sightseer you should definitely be going to the far east; where people don’t stop and cities don’t sleep. Seoul and Tokyo are two cities that are shopper’s heaven. From cutting edge electronics to colourful dresses; traditional crafts to trendy fashion, you could practically buy anything you could ever want. Here are some photos to give you an idea of what you can find over there. MOSHI MOSHI! (n_n)

Photos by Amy Graham and Annabel Scopes


February 16, 2012 § 94 Comments

Places that you shouldn’t miss…
If you feel awkward eating alone in restaurants then Mavra is the perfect place, especially for breakfasts when it’s a bit more quiet (actually it’s very quiet, at some point we found ourselves murmuring). During lunch hours though, it gets pretty busy, people usually come here to work on their laptops, to talk about projects etc. Very cool place with a beautiful atmosphere and delicious food! Şahkulu Mah. Serdar-ı Ekrem Cad. No: 31 Daire:A, Beyoğlu Istanbul Province, Istanbul

You enter this place and you immediately fall in love with the atmosphere. There is an old turkish song playing on a record player in the background. There is a sweet lady working there. She owns the place and when she sees us taking photos she says ‘A new camera never creates the same beauty of an old one’. She shows us a photo her husband took years ago, then another one with her and her family. ‘I’m the blonde one on the front’ she says proudly and then, she poses with the picture in her hand. You could stay there the whole day and listen to her, to her story. She talks about her records, Pink Floyd for instance.

This place is the perfect place to shop for your house; it’s a second hand store where you can find all kinds of vintage furnitures. They have it all; from clocks to desks,tables,sofas,chairs, make-up boxes, vases etc (the cats are not for sale though!). It wasn’t a day of ‘shopping’ but we already have several things in mind to buy for the next time we stop by.

This is a very small shop and that’s a positive thing. You enter it and you find all kinds of small funny things : notepads, books , bookmarks, postcards, games, stickers for your cigarette pack etc. Actually you don’t need any of these but when you’re in the store you realize that you always wanted them and you just didn’t know it! Kağıthane (houseofpaper) : Şahkulu Mahallesi Yörük Çıkmazı no:5 Galata Beyoğlu

Ready to travel back in time? If you are, then you should definitely visit Giyçek ( Serdar-ı Ekrem Street Doğan Apartment No 30.C Galata Beyogğlu) they have amazing old time costumes and accessories, you just need to tell them the style you’re looking for and you’re then ready to go to the photo studio to have your picture taken! Next time…we’re definitely doing this!

IFW 2012

February 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

Tuvanam 2012-2013 Autumn-Winter collection

Atıl Kutoğlu  2012-2013 Autumn-Winter collection

Nihan Peker 2012-2013 Autumn-Winter collection

Tuba Benian  2012-2013 Autumn-Winter collection

Beste Gürel  2012-2013 Autumn-Winter collection


There is always a fashion street show going on during that time of the year. It sure puts a smile on your face to see people with different styles BUT, here in Istanbul (and pretty much everywhere around the world ) it gets a bit funny. You seriously understand when a person really tried to look different, you know that the day before ( or even a week before ) they tried to find the perfect outfit to attend the fashion week and usually it doesn’t quite work for them; we’ve seen it all : Kanye West wanna-be, ‘I-read-vogue-all-the time’ wanna-be ( who by the way, seriously came to the show holding a Vogue magazine..seriously?) Lady Gaga wanna-be, ‘I’m very different because I mixed random colors/I own eyeglasses without the actual frame/and I look cool’ kinds of people. We don’t want to be mean..but please..stop trying so hard damn it! Well..but then again, maybe this ridiculousness is all part of the fashion week.

Here are the exceptions though, the styles we loved

We have no idea who he is..but we love this dude! :

All images by pop.see.cul.

Street style images (except last) by Markofoni


February 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

74STUDIO is looking for interns!

’74Studio is a Creative Studio and Agency located in the oldest district of Istanbul-Karakoy specializing in Graphic Design and Brand Making. With a team of multi-disciplinary designers, we bring to life well thought out designs and craft a powerful body of work for a client, list of individuals, brands and institutions. We value immaculate and meticulous designs and believe that visual communication using different mediums exceeds expectations both aesthetically and strategically. 74studio also provides the grounds for expression of independent ideas and artistic visions, using it as a platform for collaboration; we join forces with other artists to produce work that is unique, thoughtful, innovative and memorable. Our disciplines include Brand Consultancy, Art Direction, Image-Making, Typography, Music, Art, Motion, Culture, Video, Photography and Fashion.’

If interested and living in Istanbul, please email immediately!


January 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

Animated GIFs have turned into quite a movement on blogs and tumblrs all over the internet this year. As a special Christmas gif(t) to us, 10 very talented german artists are taking the animated GIF out of the internet and putting it into a live exhibition. You can see their work at iheartBerlin.

“The Future is Glamorous” by Katja Hentschel, 2011,

“Looking Backward // Moving Forward” by Hara Katsiki, 2011,

“We will be equal” by Katja Hentschel, 2011,

“Dead Hipster” by Clemens Poloczek, 2011,

“Smoking won’t be banned” by Florian Kolmer, 2011,

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