Istanbul Modern’s First International Artist Residency Program

Istanbul Modern’s “International Artist Residency Program” is launched in 2019 with the support of the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA). Ten artists from the different part of world have been invited to Istanbul to collaborate with artisans.

From this May, contemporary artists, architects, and designers Faig Ahmed (Baku), Rana Begum (London), Benji Boyadgian (Jerusalem), Rodrigo Hernandez (Mexico City), Servet Kocyigit (Amsterdam), Outi Pieski (Helsinki), Randi & Katrine (Copenhagen), Wael Shawky (Alexandria and Philadelphia), and Jorinde Voigt (Berlin) will be participating in the program which is the first of its kind to be organized by a museum in Turkey. The project supported by the Innovative and Creative Istanbul Financial Support Program of the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) that will also contribute greatly to the promotion of Turkey abroad.

The selected artists will focus on the themes of craft and tradition in their production processes and work with different materials and techniques. They will spend a total of six weeks in Istanbul. During this time, they will meet different artisans at their workshops in Istanbul and collaborate with one to work with. The works that they produce during the program will be exhibited at Istanbul Modern in 2020 and a catalogue accompanying the exhibition will provide a record of the project. During the program, the museum will also hold workshops with the artists, as well as organise public programs and educational workshops in conjunction with the exhibition. Aside from creating opportunities for creative collaboration, the program aims to enhance the visibility of Istanbul’s innovative and creative potential.

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