POETIC STATEMENTS ISTANBUL’74

Istanbul-based cultural platform and gallery ISTANBUL’74 presents the work of Robert Montgomery, a Scottish artist who uses poems and other texts to create light signs, billboards and ‘fire poems’ presented in public spaces. via Yatzer

ISTANBUL’74 was founded by Demet Müftüoglu-Eseli and Alphan Eseli in late 2009 to cultivate platforms that connect Istanbul to the International cultural scene; by turning the city into a hub for global events, and by acting as the principal international arts and cultural provider of Turkey. Thriving on creative exchange and operating in non-traditional ways, ISTANBUL’74 is engaged in a range of activities that include cultural events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions, and artistic collaborations, which involve the leading minds of their respective fields from all over the world. ISTANBUL’74′s diverse programs combine various creative disciplines, including fashion, film, music, design, architecture and performing arts.

Situated in Galatasaray and Karaköy, Istanbul, ISTANBUL’74′s gallery spaces act as the headquarters of ISTANBUL’74 for Art, Fashion and Design, exhibiting the contemporary works of both local as well as international artists.

ISTANBUL’74 has organized and curated exhibitions for a variety of established and international contemporary artists with different artistic backgrounds. Exclusive ISTANBUL’74 exhibitions and organizations travel around the world and establish new partnerships and pathways for fostering new dynamics between cities.

In 2010, ISTANBUL’74 initiated The Istanbul International Arts & Culture Festival, an annual, high-profile international festival that is open to the public and free-of-admission. A unique experience that forges cultural and artistic relations by bringing together some of the world’s most talented and creative minds to the city of Istanbul. Visitors have the opportunity to attend open panels and talks, workshops, screenings, exhibition for three days.

ISTANBUL’74 is a multi-disciplinary entreprise comprising of ’74GAZETTE, an independent daily cultural news website and quarterly printed periodical Arts and Culture magazine in both in English and Turkish, ’74STUDIO, a creative lab, agency and a platform for artistic representation, ’74MOTION, a digital lab focusing on video making, conceptualization, development and production and ’74VISITS, a collection of photographs and short films of inspirational personal spaces of creative individuals.

The ISTANBUL’74 Group has rapidly turned into an international and multi-platform collective that creates inventive approaches and collaborations.