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Artık Mekan
Address: Bankalar Caddesi, Yanik Kapı Sokak, no 3/1 Sumahan Karaköy/Istanbul
Members: Gonca Sezer*, Yeşim Ağaoğlu*
*: Will be present by the opening.

ARTIK MEKAN originated from the idea of exhibiting our personal works unmediated, in a totally independent way with our own means, as an alternative to the inadequately numbered exhibition spaces and galleries of Istanbul.

I think that our difference from the other independent spaces lies in the fact that we are not actually a group but two independent artist and that ARTIK is probably the smallest (about 2 m2) of the existing independent spaces.

And this is one of the reasons why we named our space ARTIK. ARTIK has two meanings in Turkish; it both means “starting now” and “left over”. Actually both meanings coincide with the existence of our space. This space, almost the size of a shop-window, located in a multi-storey office building, was originally conceived as a tea-shop. It really looks like “left over” among all the offices and a gallery that fill the building.

On the other hand, the fact that we can now exhibit our works when we want and for as long as want freely without waiting to be invited for an exhibition coincides with the “starting now” meaning of the word.

We don’t form a group with Gonca Sezer but we do solo and group shows at ARTIK space. Since we pay for all the expenses, we prefer to give priority to our personal works. But still, we are open to suggestions and willing to exhibit other artists’ works from time to time.

Yeşim Ağaoğlu

April 2009


Exhibited Project

Yeşim Ağaoğlu and Gonca Sezer

Yeşim Ağaoğlu and Gonca Sezer will represent ARTIK in the Istanbul-off event in Berlin with an exhibition on the subject of “woman and the city”.

The exhibition will deal with issues like the relation of the woman as an individual with the city, her existence in daily life and the social roles she is expected to take on. Sezer will approach the concepts of time and identity ironically and examine the oppressions on the identity of women in a poetic language through the application of designs on photographic images. Ağaoğlu, on the other hand, will present the photographic images of women from different social positions as an installation with a feminist outlook.


Gonca Sezer
real, toy
digital print

Yeşim Ağaoğlu
what is good with war?




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