Contemporary Art Fair Opened in Istanbul

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Taken from Omelchenko Galeri/

The 18th edition of Contemporary Istanbul is taking place in the historic Tersane district of Istanbul, on the territory of a former shipyard from the Ottoman Empire on the shores of the Golden Horn. The fair is open from September 26 to October 1. 75 galleries and initiatives from 22 countries take part in it. Galleries from Europe and the Middle East have been joined by leading galleries from South America, Africa, East Asia and the United States.

Twenty-one galleries are participating in the exhibition for the first time: 4710 Gallery, Tbilisi; Arma Gallery, Madrid; Aspan Gallery, Almaty; BFM Art Center, Suzhou City; Bogena Galerie, Saint-Paul-de-Vence; Callirrhoë, Athens; FURIOSA, Mexico City; IBI ART Gallery, Johannesburg; INLOCO Gallery, Dubai; IN THE GALLERY, Mallorca; Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg; Karpukhin Gallery, Prague; Lazy Mike Gallery, Riga; Maze Art Group, Tehran; Omelchenko Gallery, Moscow; Rıdvan Kudai Gallery, Diyarbakır; Sconci Gallery, Dubai; SGR Galeria, Bogotá; SISTEMA GALLERY, Moscow; The Why Not Gallery, Tbilisi; Yvonne Hohner Contemporary, Karlsruhe.

One of the Russian participants of the fair – Omelchenko Gallery – presents the works of the Russian artist Mojjoker. She rethought the images and stories of the heroes of the tragedy “Hamlet” and presented them in the form of an art installation, which consists of two tables and a series of paintings. Ekaterina Doronina, who works under the pseudonym Mojjoker, chose the mixed media genre: she did not just invent art objects, but tells stories with their help and involves viewers in an interactive game. Catherine analyzed the famous Shakespearean play and brought to the fore Yorick, the skull found by Hamlet in the cemetery, and around him “gathered” all the other characters. “With the help of new forms, text, as well as the use of modern techniques and non-traditional materials, Ekaterina manages to reveal the theme of death with irony and hope for the future,” says Anastasia Omelchenko, founder of Omelchenko Gallery, curator and artist.