The fourth edition of the celebrated photography event adds new venues to showcase photography, stream films, provide video screenings and overall add colour to autumn in Istanbul.
Rightfully called Turkey’s “pioneering international photography event,” 212 Photography Istanbul is getting ready to welcome Istanbulites and visitors at different venues around the city from October 1 to October 11 this year. The festival will be held with contributions from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Turkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency.
As before, the fourth edition of the festival will be spread out on both sides of the Bosporus, with multiple venues on the Asian and European sides of the magical city. These include Yapi Kredi Bomontiada, Siraevler No: 37-39, Zulfaris Karakoy, the Historical Husrev Kethuda Bath, Yeldegirmeni Art Center and Museum Gazhane.
Zulfaris Karakoy is one of the festival venues on the European side.
(Courtesy of 212 Photography Istanbul)
212 Photography Istanbul Director Banu Tuncag tells TRT World that “it is even more important for us to organize exhibitions and events that are integrated with the city and with its historical venues.” For this reason, the festival wanted to avoid specifying a single theme for the entire festival – “instead, we prefer to curate each exhibition with a site-specific theme based on its venue.”
The fact that 212 Photography Istanbul is on its way to becoming an international city festival is very important, Tuncag emphasises. “When we look at the worldwide renowned photography festivals, we often see polyphonic structures that spread all over the city and that showcase not only photography works but also a multidisciplinary diverse prog“This multidisciplinary approach has been inspirational and motivated us to position 212 Photography Istanbul as an integrated part of the international photography festivals network with its multidisciplinary exhibition and activity programme spread across both European and Anatolian sides of Istanbul,” she says in an email interview.
The 10-day long event is full of artistic offerings, from exhibitions to panels, to workshops and film screenings. A news release explains the photography event as “constantly reinventing itself through new themes, collaborations and rich content … while draw[ing] attention with its alternative venues. In its fourth edition, the festival expands its route to offer an art-loaded and delightful exploration map of the city.”