“Look Again” into Our Collection Exhibitions!



We are presenting a performance program entitled “Look Again” between March 31 and April 2, 2017 in collaboration with Performistanbul! The artists I. Ata Doğruel, AslieMk, and Ekin Bernay have been working closely with our collections and will be presenting their own interpretations. This performance program hopes to facilitate a new look into our collection and exhibiting practices.


Ambassador – İ. Ata Doğruel

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İ. Ata Doğruel’s performance Ambassador focuses on the exhibition Intersecting Worlds: Ambassadors and Painters based on the Orientalist Painting Collection. The performance casts a new look at the ambassador portrait paintings from the 17th and 19th centuries, reinterpreting them by discussing the notion of duality. Guided by art, the exhibition narrates the meandering paths of diplomatic history and introduces colorful characters. Doğruel engages in an abstract interpretation of the dual lives of these colorful characters, i.e., ambassadors and painters.

About İ. Ata Doğruel
One of Performistanbul artists, I. Ata Doğruel (b. Kütahya, 1991) focuses on concepts such as abstraction and resilience, pushing his physical and intellectual limits. He began his undergraduate studies at Koç University’s Law School, currently continuing them at the Faculty of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA). The artist has staged performances such as 9 days of hunger and 13 days of silence, where he discovers his self, nature, and the universe, and aims to provoke further questions.

The performance “Ambassador” will take place on the “Intersecting Worlds: Ambassadors and Painters” exhibition floor.

In Situ – AslieMk


The artist duo AslieMk is presenting a performance entitled In Situ, based on the exhibition Coffee Break: The Adventure of Coffee in Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics. The performance aims to turn the exhibition space into an open and functioning laboratory, taking visitors beyond a one-way visual communication in relation to the works at the museum. The performance is based on re-creating works which can be touched and sensed once again.

About AslieMk
AslieMk is a performance project by Aslı Dinç and Mustafa Kemal Yurttaş, where they study the nature of being a duo. Woven around concepts such as psychogeography, cosmic, ghostlike existence, and schizo-creative, the project involves site-specific installations, performative interventions, and performative sculpture experiences of the duo using new media, video, photograph, and sound. AslieMk are Performistanbul artists.

The performance “In Situ” will take place on the “Coffee Break: The Adventure of Coffee in Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics exhibition floor.

9 Stone – Ekin Bernay

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Ekin Bernay’s performance 9 Stone is a reference to the Anatolian Weights and Measures collection exhibition. Active audience participation will be required during this performance where Bernay will focus on questions such as the rediscovery of the relation between body and soul, the freedom of the body, and body weight. Participants are bound to have a unique experience during this performance!

About Ekin Bernay
Ekin Bernay (b. Ankara, 1987) is a performance artist, dance and movement psychotherapist living in London. A Performistanbul artist, Bernay has been dancing for 19 years, going on stage at leading London venues such as Sadler’s Wells and The Place. After earning her undergraduate degree at the Communications and Design Department of Bilkent University, the artist received a graduate degree in Fashion Industry Design Management at London College of Fashion and Dance and Movement Psychotherapy at University of Roehampton. Besides her work as an artist, Bernay works as dance therapist with individuals with Down syndrome and autism as well as in the area of adult psychology.

The performance “9 Stone” will take place on the “Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection exhibition floor.

About Performistanbul
Performistanbul is an international performance platform aiming to bring together performance artists and to match artists with projects. Seeking hosts for projects as well as creating unique performances for venues, Performistanbul strives to serve as intermediary to art institutions and corporate bodies in reaching performance artists.

Take a look at the performace program.

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