On the 5th June 2014, Turkey, inaugurated its début exhibition, Places of Memory, at its long-term pavilion at the prestigious Arsenale.
One of the newest countries to participate in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, Turkey’s project Places of Memory is a thought-provoking and lyrical exhibition that examines Istanbul’s urban transformation. The exhibition is commissioned by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (ÝKSV), and curated by architect Murat Tabanlýoðlu.
“Living in a city like Istanbul—which is experiencing an incredible urban transformation, especially in the last decade—it seems vital to look at what really is happening,” explains Murat. “Being aware that architecture and the built environment is not solely related to their subjects, but also related to our own memories about the place.”
“What if we lose these? Are we about to lose our own memories? Let’s for a while try to relate to the built environment through our own experiences” – Murat Tabanlýoðlu
The exhibition book, also entitled Places of Memory, was commissioned to accompany the project based on interviews with Murat Tabanlýoðlu, Pelin Derviþ, Alper Derinboðaz, Metehan Özcan, Candaþ Þiþman, Ali Taptýk and Serkan Taycan, conducted by Luca Molinari, the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia in 2010. Places of Memory is edited by Pelin Derviþ and designed by Aslý Altay (Future Anecdotes Istanbul) who has also designed the communication materials of the project.