Founded by Aslı Sümer in 2005, .artSümer aims to promote new and up-and-coming contemporary artists who discuss present-day issues through a universal language and a unique approach. The gallery roster includes artists from Turkey and abroad, many of whom have held their first exhibitions here. .artSümer focuses on local and international art platforms and in addition to regular exhibitions of gallery artists, also values making space for the works of independent artists who are not represented by a gallery.
The artists employ practices as varied as painting, drawing, installation, photography, video, and new media, and although different in form, they all fundamentally share a similarly poetic, thought-provoking, and playful outlook which collectively contributes to the distinct conceptual integrity of .artSümer.
After studying business administration at the University of Istanbul, Aslı Sümer worked in the corporate world for ten years. In 2003, she changed careers and moved to New York to study arts administration and art appreciation at New York University. She founded artSümer in 2005 after working with her family, which has owned one of the most recognized and well-established galleries in Istanbul since the 1980s.