Directed by Seren Kohen and sponsored by Akkök Holding, the 5th edition of Mamut Art Project will be held between 26-30 April at Istanbul’s KüçükÇiftlik Park.
50 artists have been selected from over 1000 applications by a jury of five multi-disciplinary experts comprising Sarkis (an acclaimed conceptual artist who has exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Musée d’Art Contemporain, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Turkish Pavilion of the 56th International Venice Biennale), Elif Bayoğlu (Istanbul consultant at Sotheby’s and former Head of Contemporary Turkish Art), Övül Durmuşoğlu (curator at documenta 13 and 13th International Istanbul Biennial and selected by Artsy as one of the 20 Most Influential Young Curators of Europe), Murat Alat (art critic for Art Unlimited magazine and Sanatatak.com) and Ali Raif Dinçkök (Chairman of the Board of Directors of Akkök Holding and Collector).
In its 5th year, each of the 50 participating artists will have 10 square metres of exhibition space to show their work over four days to emerging and established collectors, gallery owners and curators. Over 400 individual works will be exhibited across a wide range of disciplines including painting, sculpture, collage, miniature, photography, yarn art, game art, sound art, digital art, comic art, street art, graffiti, new media and installation.
Mamut Art Project for the first time this year, will include a dedicated performance space with a performance programme curated by Simge Burhanoğlu, founder of Performistanbul and Seyhan Musaoğlu, founder of Space Debris. Now in its second year, Mamut Performances 2017 will explore the question “How are you?”, investigating what lies beneath this ordinary question through performance art. Artists to perform in this section will be selected by the curators following the open call for applications.
“ikonz” by Krüw
KRÜW is an Istanbul based artist collective with 20 artists from different fields including illustrators, sculptors and street artists. For the 5th edition of Mamut, KRÜW will be creating an exclusive series of works involving different interpretations of various iconic art pieces, which gives the title of “ikonz” to the series. One of the objectives of the collective is to demonstrate that art should be accessible so all works in “ikonz” will be editioned silkscreen prints and will be available with affordable prices during four days at Mamut.
Sponsored by Akkök Holding, Mamut Art Project aims to provide a platform to talented emerging artists across Anatolia to exhibit their work in their own dedicated space whilst giving an opportunity to art lovers to discover new names and buy unique art works with a reasonable price.