Hafriyat & Hafriyat-Karaköy
Address: Necatibey Caddesi No:79 Karakoy/Istanbul
Members: Murat Akagündüz, Banu Birecikligil, Antonio Cosentino,
Fulya Çetin, Nazim Dikbaş, Extrastruggle*, İnci Furni, Tan Cemal
Genç, Hakan Gürsoytrak, Mustafa Pancar*, Neriman Polat,
*: Will be present by the opening.
Hafriyat is a common platform and field of thought formed by a group
of artists who have been organizing exhibitions for 10 years. It is
also an effort to break free from the tight membrane of the rigid, sterile,
conservative commercial and academic art environment composed of the
art dealers, artists, collectors and viewers. Hafriyat turns its gaze
to and empathizes with the discarded, the rejected, the abandoned of
everyday life, which has become irrelevant because it is seen everyday
or because it has genuinely been othered. Hafriyat describes this gaze
as a look at the street and subculture. Hafriyat has also developed
the concept of the ecology of the image, based on definitions such as
“the urban gaze” and “becoming an urban dweller”. Hafriyat is not a
scientist; however it has always, from the beginning, assumed the sensitivity
of a sociologist.
The Hafriyat environment has not generated a hierarchical power structure
among its members; opinions have always been openly expressed and discussed.
With its limited means, Hafriyat has created a censor-free environment,
where thoughts left on the margins have found a platform of expression,
where works accumulating in heaps in studio corners have been brought
out to be exhibited and where the content of expression has been the
The first anniversary of Hafriyat Karaköy was on May 1st, 2008.
Since Hafriyat has a venue, it works as an off-space that hosts alternative
visibilities for new artists and groups especially on sinister topics.
It also runs as an independent artist initiative, provides a communication
network and a place for minority voices, which are located out of the
art center in the city.
Hafriyat has realized 15 group exhibitions including one exhibition
abroad, has published texts to accompany these exhibitions, has taken
part in talks and panels on these exhibitions and on the experience
of being an independent artist initiative in general, for a year published
illustrations in Birgün newspaper and has also published 2 books.
The Realm of Manifold Arts
Hafriyat Karaköy is a multi-purpose space looking out onto one of Karakoy’s
busiest streets. The space has an entry level floor, a mezzanine and
a basement. Hafriyat Karaköy will host activities such as exhibitions,
workshops, interviews, film screenings and archives, and will also strive
to expand its activities beyond these.
Hafriyat Karaköy aims to create an independent, non-profit art environment
where artists come together and new projects are both produced and realized
through the sharing of artistic and cultural experiences.
Hafriyat Karaköy will feature, in addition to solo and group exhibitions
of Hafriyat artists, solo and group exhibitions by young artists and
will also offer its space to group activities, international artists
and groups. The exhibitions will be open to all disciplines and curatorial
activities. Hafriyat’s international artistic links will be developed
and realized with reciprocal exhibition projects in this space and be
shared with others. Hafriyat Karaköy invites all applications.
Hafriyat Karaköy has opened its doors on the 1st of May 2007 and realized
21 exhibitions, 4 workshops, joined 4 art fairs abroad and in Turkey
and welcomed several artist meetings and panels up to now. The preparation
workshops of the Istanbul map project were also held in Hafriyat Karaköy.
Fear of God Posters Exhibition at Hafriyat
Ahmet Basar, Ahmet Güntan, Aren Selvioğlu, Aybeniz Esen, Bahar
Onan, Barış Akbaş, Baysan Yüksel, Burçak Beşlioğlu, Bülent
Erkmen, Cem Akar, Defne Önen, Deniz Örnek, Duygu Beykal, Elif
Yalçınkaya, Emre Senan, Erkin Gören, Esma Suna Erdogan, Evrensel
Belgin, Extramücadele, Ferhat Özgür, Fethi İzan, Bürkan
Özkan, Genco Gülan, Gökhan Burhan, Gözen, Hazavuzu,
Hakan Akçura, Hakan Gürsoytrak, Haluk Tuncay, Hüsniye
İzan, Isil Döneray, Iç Mihrak, İrfan Önürmen,
Juan Botella Lucas, Kaan Tanman, Linda Herzog, Mehmet Ali Türkmen,
Murat Başol, Murat Lafçı, Murat Turan, Ömer Ozan Erdogan, Özlem
Ölçer, Gülay Evrenos, Salih Bora, Sadık Karamustafa,
Seda Sirem, Serkan Tunç, Seyran Deniz, Tunç Topçuoğlu,
Uğurcan Ataoğlu, Ulaş Eryavuz, Zeynep Özatalay
The Fear of God Poster Exhibition opened on November
10, 2007 at Hafriyat Karaköy. The exhibition brings together posters
that deal with various centers of power throughout the ages and with
fear as an essential instrument of obedience, created and cultivated
by these centers through the use of various communication techniques.
Numerous graphic artists, designers, painters, illustrators and writers
that took part in this exhibition approach Fear of God from various
different angles, such as: the voice of individual conscience; fear
of God in the sense of the fear of man creature from his Creator; fear
of God in societies that are rapidly getting more and more conservative
and nationalist; fear of God in the context of a shrinking world and
global economy; and mechanisms of resisting the fear of God.
Mehmet Ali Turkmen