International Art Exhibition at the ISO Gallery in Beyoğlu/Istanbul with two TC artists Inci Kansu and Emel Samioğlu
By Heidi Trautmann
The artists have just
returned from Istanbul where they had participated in the traditional art exhibition
‘Encounters /6’ and as the number suggests it was the sixth in a row.
“Encounters” Inci Kansu explained to me, “is an idea, an
idea of artists who have met somewhere and sometime at one of the workshops or
art colonies and/or exhibitions and the organisation makes the round, one day
they find together again at another place at another time. Twice we had them in
Nicosia, that was in 1999 with ‘Encounters 4’ and in 2012 with ‘Encounters 5’”.
The last one in 2012, I have witnessed myself and written about it,
published in Cyprus Observer, please read the text on my website
exhibition was then organised by Feridun Isiman (TC) and Ahmet Özel (Turkey),
and Ahmet Özel again was the curator of the exhibition in Istanbul.
artists met again at ‘Encounters / 6’,
artists from Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia,
Macedonia and North Cyprus.
wide range of different art was shown as can be expected from so many different
Kansu and Emel Samioğlu from North Cyprus are internationally renown artists
and are both working with the medium hand made paper, a philosophy and art form
that is rapidly increasing around the world and gaining recognition. Both
artists are included in my book ‘Art and Creativity in North Cyprus’.
idea”, Inci continues, “is to encounter, to exchange ideas, to know what
happens in other cultural regions of our
world, for that reason encounters on an international basis are very important.
artist Ahmet Özel and curator of the exhibition said at the opening of the
exhibition “The most important role of this exhibition is for the international
participants to feel at ease. ENCOUNTERS are the source of the energy of
life....” Meeting people, communicating with each other is the basis of
society, that is the only truth.
agree with Inci totally as I also believe that art knows of no borders and can
help to tear down prejudices that are born when living in isolation. I trust that such encounters will continue and
grow in numbers.