Commissioners’ Exhibition opens in Ankara

Studying the architect-commissioner relationship through a number of buildings in Turkey, Commissioners’ Exhibition opens on March the 3rd at Cankaya Municipality Contemporary Art Center.

Following its initial presentation at SALT Galata in Istanbul, Commissioners’ Exhibition reviews this critical relationship between the architect and the commissioner through a number of buildings contracted by private and public entities in Ankara, Canakkale, Denizli, Izmir, and Istanbul from 1930s to 2010s. The selection focuses on commissioners’ influence over works of architecture with narrations featuring original archival documents and interviews. Their instrumental potential to initiate novelties, a much more important trait than the ability to provide resources, is argued via the personal archive of Ozer Turk—a bureaucrat who vitalised early stages of tourism during his administrative posts across the Aegean between 1963 and 1975.

Commissioners’ Exhibition suggests every noteworthy architectural endeavour is the result of a competent architect paired with an engaging commissioner. However, this relationship is often portrayed as antagonistic instead of being articulated as a common ground for production. In a considerably dominant perspective where the architect claims other experts and implementers as enemies of her/his design, the commissioner is caricatured as “ignorant and tasteless.”

Documents selected from the archives of Altug-Behruz Cinici, Cengiz Bektas, and Erkal Gungoren, are parts of SALT Research Architecture and Design Archive supported by Kalebodur.

Exhibiting can be visited from 3rd to 30th of March.

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