Over the past month I have had the pleasure of traveling to Istanbul, Turkey. As part of the plans of exploring this enchanting city, there was also attending the opening of ONE Akaretler on the 13th of September, an exhibition of emerging Turkish artists set an elegant neighbourhood of the city. The exhibition was curated by Begum Guney and Yagmur Dogan in collaboration with the Shopigo art platform.
My reason for going was the participation of Isabella Lolita Amram, one of the fantastic artists that was in the exhibition ‘Intuition Goes Before You’ that I had curated in August in Soho. Together with other talented young artists, Isabella’s works had their own section that took over a large space. The chosen works were some of her oil pastels on paper, beautifully executed and framed. As per her canvases, her works on paper reflect her gestural and intuitive practice, based around astrological landscapes and abstract portraits.
It was a great to occasion where I was also happy to discover new talent - some names along the one of Isabella stood out such as Mutlu Aksu, Begum Mutevellioglu, Sena, Bengisu Bayrak and Emir Yasin Yagmurca.
The exhibition was on for three weeks, but the works of the artists are since then available for longer through the Shopigo platform online.