Sempozyum, 4-7 Mayıs

Portraits of Transculturalism


is an international symposium that will take place across three cities: Istanbul, London and Venice showcasing international artists and curators. Portraits of Transculturalism is sponsored by Sabanci University and the Sakip Sabanci Museum in collaboration with the Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art – London, CRUMB Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss at the University of Sunderland, The National Portrait Gallery – London and Istanbul Modern.
The symposium will provide a platform to discuss the role
played by transculturalism in reshaping national identities and howthese changes are represented in visual arts, curatorial studies and artistic practices.


The first part of the symposium will take place in Istanbul and will see the participation of Prof. Beryl Graham and Dr. Sarah Cook from CRUMB at the University of Sunderland; Hasan Bulent Kahraman art critic and Associate Professor at Sabanci University; Levent Calikoglu, Chief Curator of Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; Paolo Colombo Art Advisor at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; Dr Zeynep Yasa Yaman at Hacettepe University; and Emma Black from the National Portrait Gallery.
The discussions will focus on the role played by transculturalism in contemporary visual arts and curatorial studies. The symposium will be chaired by Lanfranco Aceti, artist, curator and Associate Professor in Contemporary Art and Digital Culture at Sabanci University.

The symposium will offer the opportunity to artists and curators to interact and develop new

projects and ideas for future exhibitions and international collaborations on transculturalism, contemporary portraiture in traditional and new media as well as identity related themes.

Please see the symposium page

for complete list of speakers and information about the symposium venues.