ISTANBUL: LIFE IN COLOR
A Photography Exhibition
October 29 - November 24, 2009
Reception with the Artist: Friday, November 13, 2009, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Istanbul is a living, temporal palimpsest. The juxtaposition of past, present and future is palpable at every turn. Given its location, Istanbul is a cultural nexus, binding East and West. The importance of its commercial and cultural links clinched its position as the metropolitan hub of three empires. Its history brings together Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Today this vibrant and energetic city is the heart of Turkey, a young country that is moving forward in time.
Istanbul is an experience. Echoing across the hills, the call of the muezzin announces the day. Traffic builds up; horns resound. Along the waterways, ships ferry passengers and cargo. People speak; many languages are heard. Vendors call out their wares. The aroma of food fills the air. Color and pattern abound. Inside-out and outside-in, architecture and the outdoors are in dialogue. The mood is indicative of time and transition.
My love for Istanbul and Turkey goes back to my days as a student of archaeology. Already then the richness of its culture absorbed me. It sparked a lifelong interest in textiles and painted ceramics. It continues to foster my interest in the diverse social, religious and artistic traditions of this region of the world. Change as process is intriguing. From a cultural point of view, specifically the exchange of ideas between different peoples and how they are adapted over time fascinates me.
Life in Color celebrates Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture. Presenting photographs taken during two recent trips to Turkey, the show conveys subtle features of Istanbul. Amid this bustling city with its skyline of minarets, apartment buildings and skyscrapers, the images capture the everyday. They elicit smells and sounds. They reflect a cosmopolitan people aware of their past; they are about a people defining their identity.
- Helga Butzer Felleisen
Co-presented with the Howard Thurman Center at Boston University