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Imagine Istambul
15 octombroe 2015 – 24 ianuarie 2016
Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23
Curator: R. Paul McMillen




Europalia Arts Festival announces packed program dedicated to Turkey
Elements of Turkish culture, old and new, will be featured extensively in Belgian cities — as well as in several other European locations — this fall thanks to the Europalia Arts Festival, an annual multidisciplinary program that will be hosting Turkey as guest country in its 2015-2016 edition.

Imagine Istanbul looks at some defining artists of 20th century Turkish photography – but also music, cinema and literature- to illustrate how these art forms shaped the way we see this city. It explores a series of photographic revelations, bodies of work that move alongside the dividing waters of the city.




For centuries Istanbul has exercised a magical power of attraction on photographers, filmmakers, writers and musicians from home and abroad. In the exhibition Imagine Istanbul, alongside photos by the Turkish–Armenian Magnum photographer Ara Güler -the ‘Eye of Istanbul’- you can also see works by Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Turkish-Dutch ‘Photographer of the Fatherlands’ Ahmet Polat. Europalia sent the Belgian Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter to Istanbul. She returned with powerful images of the legendary city on the Bosporus. The exhibition itself is laid out in the form of a photographic circuit, with new compositions by the French musician Débruit, films, interviews with, amongst others, Orhan Pamuk and installations by contemporary artists such as Ayşe Erkmen, Sophie Calle and Kasper Bosmans.