Following major projects in Dubai and London in 2013, The Moving Museum launched its third and most ambitious iteration in Istanbul this year; establishing a major international residency programme lasting three months.

From August to October, The Moving Museum hosted 35 international artists, marking the largest coordinated influx of international resident artists in Istanbul’s recent memory. The residency included 12 artists from Turkey that serve as the foundation to the period of intensive dialogue, featuring a curated public programme of events, talks, workshops lectures, and performances. Each artist was commissioned to work on a local project aimed at making a lasting impact on the city, their artistic practices, as well as collaborating artists and their host countries upon their return. The residency culminated in a major exhibition launched at the end of October as a means of articulating their experiences and practices within this new context.

The residency was headquartered in Ark Kultur, a historic 1940’s three-story modernist Villa in Cihangir, transformed to serve as the centre of public engagement and dialogue, including a communal workspace, photo studio, small exhibition area, multipurpose workshop and dining room, reading room, and discussion pit conceived and designed by local artist and designer Berkut Ay Gunel. Artists will be housed in apartments throughout the central district of Beyoglu with studios in the Golden Horn area, provided within the historic community of Caferiye Han, in continual use since it was built by Persian merchants in the 19th Century. The Moving Museum Istanbul is being supported by Founding Partner The Vinyl Factory in London.


The public program will serve as the backbone to the residency. Titled A Public Cycle: Nasiliz? Nasilsiniz?, will offer a three-month series of encounters designed around the artists who will take part in the residency and exhibition. Literally translated as ‘How do we do? How do you do’, Curator of the Public Programme, Övül Durmusoglu, says:“Highlighting two fundamental questions of self reflexivity and empathy in its title, the program will attempt to open up spaces of reciprocity between visiting resident artists and hosting artistic communities, looking after possibilities of a mutual feedback. The artists will be invited to share their works, interests, and research in “organic environments” over presentations and conversations, YouTube lectures, film screenings, poetry readings and dinners. The poetics of reciprocity will be our thinking during 3 months of The Moving Museum happening in Istanbul.”


Amalia Ulman, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Anne De Vries, Aslı Çavusoglu, Bea Schlingelhoff, Ben Schumacher, Burak Delier, Daniel Keller, David Douard, Elmas Deniz, Emanuel Rossetti, Ethan Cook, Flavio Merlo, George Henry Longly, Günes Terkol, Haig Aivazian, Hale Tenger, Hannah Perry, Harm van den Dorpel, Ha Za Vu Zu, Helga Wretman, Hito Steyerl, Ilja Karilampi, Iz Öztat, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jeremy Bailey, Joe Hamilton, Jon Rafman, Jonas Lund, Jumana Manna, Lara Ögel, Larissa Sansour, Leyla Gediz, Mai-Thu Perret, Michael Staniak, Ming Wong, N Dash, Nilbar Güreş, Oliver Osborne, Özlem Altın, Peles Empire, Phillip Zach, Rafaël Rozendaal, Timur Si Qin, Tobias Madison, Volkan Aslan, Zach Blas.


Founding Partner: The Vinyl Factory

Cultural Partners: Australian Embassy Turkey, Pro Helvetia Switzerland, OCA Norway, The Danish Arts Council, British Council & Arts Council England, French Institute, Consulate General of Sweden, United States Consulate Istanbul, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts, Zabludowicz Collection.

Venue Partners: Ark Kultur, Caferiye Han

Fine Art Storage Services Partner: ArtFactory, Istanbul

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