Talks

Emel Ernalbant & Zeynep Erekli: A new life in İstasyon

Sunday, May 13th, 4PM.
Location: bomontiada, Block C, 4th floor
45 minutes

Born in Istanbul in 1983, photographer Emel Ernalbant left both her fast-paced career and her hometown in 2014, choosing to move to Mardin and live a simpler, slower, more fulfilling life. She set up a dark room in Mardin’s İstasyon neighborhood, and for the last two years she’s been offering photography lessons to local kids and to refugee children who’ve escape the war in Syria. She transforms children first, and tries to use that as starting point for transforming families and then the whole region by reframing the world, producing some thing new, and looking at life through different eyes.

Ernalbant’s long-term colleague, editor and writer Zeynep Erekli, has had the opportunity to see her life and work in Mardin first hand, and the two will host a discussion about changing your own life and the lives of others, as well as photography’s power to heal.

Hellen van Meene & Ferhan İstanbullu
On Artists’ Practice

Saturday, May 12th 3PM
Location: bomontiada, Block C, 4th floor

Hellen van Meene & Ferhan İstanbullu
Sanatçının Pratiği Üzerine

Saturday, May 12th 3PM
Location: bomontiada, Block C, 4th floor

Famous Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene will be sharing her story, benchmarks of her career and the philosophy of her work with Istanbul’s beloved editor and columnist Ferhan Istanbullu.

İlkay Gürpınar & Emre Doğru
A Journey in Advertising

Saturday, May 12th 5PM
Location: bomontiada, Block C, 4th floor
60 minutes

TBWA Creative Agency’s Creative Director Ilkay Gurpinar and photographer Emre Dogru’s friendship starts with a funny story. Now very good friends, this creative duo began their careers at the same time 15 years ago and they have worked together on countless projects since then. These two personae, each a leading names in their own field, will give a mutual career retrospective and also share their thoughts on advertising and photography.

Can Dağarslanı & Heval Okçuoğlu
On Relationships

Saturday, May 13th 2PM
Location: bomontiada, Block C, 4th floor
45 minutes

As can be seen from his artwork in the festival, Can Dağarslanı’s unusual compositions largely take their inspiration from architecture? For the photographer who is also an architect, the place where these two art forms come together is an infinite playground. The artist will talk with Heval Okcuoglu, 212 Magazine’s Executive Editor, about relationships that shape his practice. The duo plans to create an intimate atmosphere in order to have an open-ended discussion about place-object relations, the frailty of social boundaries, love, identity, and all sorts of other relationships.