HATICE KuBRA – Exhibit inspired by ‘Museum of Innocence’ knits people together

Exhibit inspired by ‘Museum of Innocence’ knits people together Istanbul sometimes shrouds its people with the coldness of loneliness in the middle of a crowd, forcing them to face the sour feeling of being encapsulated in their own soul. In those moments, everybody else becomes a stranger and Istanbul turns its back and forces everyone to accept the situation.

If you are one of those loners betrayed by Istanbul or if you are interested in the city’s multiple voices, you should visit the exhibition “An Innocent City: Modest Musings on Everyday Istanbul” at Ko University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (AnaMed) on Istiklal Street.On view until Sept.

3, the exhibition is inspired by a group of selected objects from Turkish Nobel laureate writer Orhan Pamuk’s “Museum of Innocence” in ukurcuma, entirely based on the author’s best-selling 2008 fictional novel of the same name, which makes it the first of its kind around the world.The AnaMed showcase brings together 12 objects — a clock, a cologne shop, a handkerchief and a lottery ticket — and helps its visitors flirt with different emotions, places and memories, ultimately forming a connection between the viewers and other people through the stories of these objects, set in Istanbul.

The more you sink into the stories of the objects, which are each told by a different person, the more you tend to forget about your loneliness as you feel like you are part of Istanbul.The idea to unveil such an exhibition dates back to 2012, when Ian Alden Russell — the curator of the show — and a group of international people visited Pamuk’s museum Russell told Today’s Zaman in an interview at the exhibition’s venue that what inspired the launch of the show was his interest in finding out the difference between the ways visitors who had not read the novel and those who had read it reflected on the museum“Then I talked with Esra Aysun, the former director of Pamuk’s museum We started to think what [it would be like] if we respond to the museum and how we can make the objects in there more relevant to today.

” Russell, who is also designer and an assistant professor of contemporary art and curatorial practice at Ko University, was joined by 11 graduate students from the college as he traced the stories of these objects through Istanbul.The curator underlined that the exhibition was not only about telling the stories of the objects instead, one can find alternative stories, such as the story of a city and the shared experiences of people through these objects.

In selecting the objects, Russell and the students exchanged views about choosing items to which people are most attached or with which they have more connections.Russell, who chose a tea glass, writes in a story: “Istanbul is a city of tea of glasses and a city of tea drinkers.

In cafes, on ferries, in kitchens, in offices, at restaurants or just on the side of the street, there is probably never a moment, night or day, when someone in Istanbul is not stirring sugar into her tea How many of us have used the same tea glass at some point, passing between us via the hands of these trusted tea stewards of ay [tea]? Holding a ay bardaII [a tea cup], you are for a moment part of a great tradition with all of Istanbul, tied together in a time line of tea breaks and curated by the keepers of tea pantries.”Russell pointed out that the stories of the objects are not intended to tell solely about the bright and innocent side of Istanbul, but are embedded with interesting and saddening details in contrast to what the show’s title suggests.

The curator told the story of a key as an example of the relative appreciation about notions of security and trust. “Thinking about the culture of keys, in my first trip from Istanbul to my grandparent’s farm, it was bizarre to see unlocked doors during the day time.

Coming from a big city I found it is actually a sign of trust and familiarity,” an excerpt from the story says.He then referred to the story of a bottle of gazoz [a fizzy drink], which hints at globalization and the loss of local cultures.

“Before moving to Istanbul, spent two years living in a small..

city I was intrigued by the variety of [gazoz] brands and flavors available After moving to Istanbul, I rarely say bottles of gazoz other than large brands,” according to the story.Nevertheless, the exhibition is much more interested in how we live together in Istanbul, the curator emphasized.

In telling why they used the expression “modest musing” in the title, Russell said first they wanted to refer to the main idea behind Pamuk’s “A Modest Manifesto for Museums.” The curator explained that they offer what they have done in the exhibition and address the idea of museums being modest.

“[Here, we are] admitting our limitations [and we acknowledge that] we are a part of a wider circle,” he ended.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman