Instanbul is the city that everyone likes: artists, curators and gallerists. It feels like Berlin before it got taken over by start-up dudes, there's also a good dose of sophistication and glamour. There are lots of emerging artists and projects that are making the city so exciting.
One of the biggest event is Contemporary Instanbul (http://contemporaryistanbul.com). This fair brings together some of the best local galleries such as The Empire Projects, Galeri Nev alongside people like the Whitechapel gallery from London. It also has a great section of local talented artists like Hale Tenger and Mustafa Horasan.
Ali Emir Tapan is best known for his photographic and sculptural works but at Contemporary Istanbul, the artist (who completed his MA at St Martins, London) has took part of a great strand of shows entitled CI 90. Artists were given 90 minutes to create an exhibition with a shipping container space, before taking it all down again. Another great female artist coming out of Turkey, Nilbar Güres is represtented by one of Istanbul’s most respected galleries Rampa. Her paintings are a mix of Eastern and Western art traditions but she has also made successful video works and street performance interventions often infused with feminism.
Contemporary Istanbul will take place 12-15 November 2015 at Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC). The leading international art fair in Turkey brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey's vibrant metropolis every November. Don’t miss it!