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Researcher, Co-Curator, Art Direction

Gem and Craft: In Pursuit of the Artisans of Grand Bazaar



16 February 2017 – 30 November 2017

Recognized as ‘İstanbul İşi’ (Istanbul-Made or Istanbul-Style), Istanbul’s

unique tradition of jewelry production is identified with the Grand Bazaar.

It is known that as the abode of master(y), the Grand Bazaar exported

masters to France, England, and the United States and that some of the

famous jewelry makers that left their imprint on the history of jewelry

design were Greek and Armenian masters of Istanbul origin.

Gem and Craft: In Pursuit of the Masters of Grand Bazaar is the product of the efforts to bring into view masters as the transmitters of a living tradition of unique and creative distinction and the desire to uphold this tradition. The exhibition was designed to offer a modern perspective on jewelry design by unveiling the mystery of the workshops of the last generation of masters that continue to produce using traditional techniques and contribute infinitely to the character and essence of Kapalıçarşı (Grand Bazaar) Jewelry-Production. The conceptual backbone of the exhibition, on the other hand, is based on the results of the academic research project “The Relationship between Craftsmanship, Design, and Innovation in the Context of Intangible Cultural Heritage as the Source of Creative Economy: The ‘Living Human Treasures’ of Grand Bazaar” supported by TÜBİTAK.

In the exhibition, viewers will be presented the opportunity to observe how the Ottoman production tradition is reflected in the continuum of present-day Grand Bazaar Jewelry-Production environment. The exhibition will bring to viewers the splendor of the unique pieces of jewelry crafted at the counters of the last living master of the globally renowned Grand Bazaar jewelry.

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Online Exhibition


Tek ve Çok / One and the Many



September 6 – November 13, 2016

One and the Many traces a timeline through the period’s material culture, setting it in relation to how it was made accessible to the public gaze. By bringing together artifacts and stories from a wide variety of industries — including automotive, white goods, furniture, toy, stationery, pret-a-porter, textile, food and beverage, tableware, cutlery, and hygiene — the exhibition informs consumers of less known narratives and allows them to add information that will expand the research. It also bridges the period’s ripple effects on cultural economy by additionally introducing less common scenes from the practices of contemporary art and fashion: moments that expose the nurturing of a particular fascination with the concept of unique products. Bedri Baykam’s work titled This has been done before (1987), on the other hand, constituted a criticism of the perception that creativity could only have origins in the West, a prolific topic in modern art debates of the period.

The research and narrative of One and the Many are structured around the notion of genuine copies. Questioning our standard expectation of ingenuity versus the opportunity of building atop each other’s ideas, the exhibition suggests a fresh perspective on the history of production in Turkey. From the early-day assembly industry, to today’s abundant copyright infringing replicas, copies have been scrutinized from both economic and intellectual viewpoints. One and the Many invites users to value things per se, recognize the ingenuity prompted by circumstances and appreciate copying as a method of learning, one which the installation at SALT Galata has also embraced.

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Project Director, Curator

İKSV İStanbul Design Biennial, Academy Program In Collaboration with Rochester Institue of Technology

Printed materials + Model “BLACK TRACES”



October, 2012 - December, 2012

The project, which is conducted in cooperation with the Tire Industrialists Association and has chosen used tires as the project material, covers the design process of public places and product systems capable of directing social relations in such places – whether connected to infrastructure or not. The project, which addresses different examples of coasts such as Kadir Has University Cibali campus and the Moda, Kadıköy-Bostancı coast road, also exhibits the units that meet the requirements of social life, eating and relaxing that extend along the coast. For example, urban furniture that allows people to sit, lay down, rest, etc.; fishing areas and products; children’s play areas and parks.

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Research, Photography and Installation

“Human Cities Brussels-Istanbul 2010: Designing Public Space” “WITH LOVE FROM İSTANBUL”



November, 2010

Human Cities Festival was held during Istanbul Design Week at the Old Galata Bridge. The project aimed at encouraging an interdisciplinary exchange between Istanbul and Brussels, as well as the other cities participating in Human Cities projects concerned with urban design and culture and their interactions with public spaces. Building on the theme of ‘Designing Public Space’, the partners explored the subject through various public events, lectures, installations and exhibitions taking place at Galata Bridge.

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