Suela J. Cennet - Director of The Pill / Istanbul
Sera Sade - Director of Galeri Siyah Beyaz / Ankara
Yashian Schauble - Founder of ACAF Projects / Shanghai
Carlos Duran Besta - Director of Galeria Senda / Barcelona
Yeşim Turanlı - Pi Artworks Founder & Director / Istanbul & London
Can Yavuz - Director of Yavuz Gallery / Singapore
Bertrand Scholler - Founding Partner of 55 Bellechasse / Paris
Moiz Zilberman - Founder of Galeri Zilberman / Istanbul, Berlin
Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu - Founder of SPOT Projects & Collector / Istanbul
Michelle Maigret - C24 Gallery Director / New York
CI has a wonderful balance of Turkish galleries and those in the region dispersed with international galleries from Asia, Europe and the United States. The fair visitor can really contemplate the region's voice and compare and contrast it to what is occurring on the international scene. A few collectors from Western countries have told me they come to CI to scout out contemporary artists in the region to add to their collection. The international quotient of the fair brings the local community to see what is happening globally. It's a very good formula. There is something for everyone. C24 Gallery has been participating in many fairs all over the world and we have found CI to be our most successful fair in every aspect. We look forward to this fair every year.
Haro Cümbüşyan - collectorspace Director & Collector / Istanbul
I sincerely believe that the thinking people of Istanbul and the region, who see the opportunities for intellectual discourse dwindle, will greatly appreciate CI's commitment to supporting a dynamic art scene in the city. I can imagine that it takes a tremendous effort to put together an art fair of CI's scale, but I believe it'll be rewarded by an equally committed audience who's hungry for such positive occasions for dialogue. I hope that highest caliber local and international galleries would take this opportunity of establishing strong ties with this audience by bringing top quality artworks to the fair, and engaging in meaningful conversations that those type of works facilitate and demand.
Oktay Duran - Art ON Istanbul Founder / Istanbul
Contemporary Istanbul (CI) is one of the most dynamic and prevalent organisations in Turkey’s art calendar which gives impetus to the arts and cultural sector. It especially plays a significant role in exploring and assessing the current state of contemporary art production. CI has established a constantly improving structure with the addition of Plugin, CI Editions, Collectors’ Stories and increased the number of its exhibitors and audience as well as its international reputation. Offering an exciting arena for galleries and artists to create and work, the fair has also had an impact in encouraging collectorship and the development of existing collections.
Mehmet Ali Bakanay - Collector / Istanbul
Despite all the setbacks, sharing art in all its forms is extremely important during such times. The fact that Contemporary Istanbul continues to remain consistent and prevalent strengthens its role as one of the biggest supporters of turning Istanbul into a cultural hub. At an international level, I also believe that such determination is one of the most important means to promote our country.
Bige Örer - Istanbul Biennial Director / Istanbul
Scheduled to take place in the fall of 2017, we are sure that the 15th Istanbul Biennial will create a space for a universal language and an everlasting artistic and intellectual discussion. We come across different forms of reality, perspectives and interpretations in the works of Elmgreen & Dragset who have an incredible sense of humor and ability to express their ideas, which guarantees a great experience to a wide audience. I believe that interaction and communication with one’s environment, learning and thinking together, and employing different artistic practices will be beneficial to everyone.
Leyla Alaton - Collector / Istanbul
Contemporary Istanbul is one of the most prominent actors of the Turkish art scene. It has created an immense opportunity for Turkish society to get in touch with art and to be introduced to the art scene. Istanbul has caught the attention of a wide audience and has especially stood out with its Biennial, successive openings of museums, galleries, and finally Contemporary Istanbul. Being a member of the Advisory Board myself, I have closely observed the great effort behind this work. The necessity of such projects to exist is especially of great importance during such difficult times. I am confident that CI will provide new additions to its program with 11 years of experience and strength. For instance, this year’s edition introduces a new exhibition titled Collectors’ Stories which will feature selected artworks from the collections of 60 collectors. It is a very important project that will guide the galleries and collectors. CI and international events with similar spirit are extremely significant thanks to these innovations and the positive message they spread out for the publicity of Turkey. Compared to other artistic hubs, Istanbul can be said to symbolize the future. We still have an immense load of work to do. There is also great potential which will only come out if different actors of the art scene cooperate. I think Contemporary Istanbul will be the guiding force in this attempt.
Şükran Moral - Artist / Istanbul
Contemporary Istanbul (CI) has undertaken projects that would normally be the work of museums and biennials, when these institutions were very scarce. It went beyond the boundaries of an ordinary art fair and carried out very important projects. We love to critique but we seldom provide constructive criticism. For this reason, it plays an important in not only bringing the international art world to Istanbul, but also enabling contact between the two artistic scenes. I think CI will again prove its significance as existing art institutions restrain themselves due to self-censorship where it is hard to even recognise their presence.
Ferit Meriçten - Ferko Chairman & Collector / Istanbul
Art is a supranational language that improves societies, prevents segregation, makes life and its flow more aesthetic and narrates social issues in its most naive state. Looking at our immediate surroundings, we think it is most needed particularly during the recent years.
Contemporary Istanbul stands out as the leading art event in Turkey and the region which renovates itself each year by maintaining its quailty. CI contributes to the social perception of art, the icrease in the reputation of Turkish collectors and artists as well as the local art economy and the international publicity of our contemporary artists. Last year Contemporary Istanbul hosted 102 art galleries and 790 artists from 24 countries and 28 cities and I find the prediction that the number of visitors may exceed 100,000 this year a truly exciting development.
Deniz Ova - Istanbul Design Biennial Director / Istanbul
We are extremely excited to be working on the highly anticipated third edition of Istanbul Design Biennial which will take place in October to provide a global scale ground for innovative approaches and creative thinking in the field of design. We believe that the cultural and artistic events can serve as an important asset to overcome the turbulent times we have been going through and that we can regain ourselves by embracing the same values and thus strengthen our communication with the world. We continue to work with enthusiasm, devotion and thanks to your continuing support to realize this aim.
I think CI contributes to the recovery process and to maintain the continuity of contemporary art and culture by carrying on its work as one of the most indispensable events of the cultural life in Istanbul. It is the duty of us all to make ourselves heard and empower our relations with the world. As the design biennial continues to run, CI will provide a good opportunity to explore and understand the beautiful texture of our city. It will be an immense pleasure to host the Istanbulites and visitors in collaboration.