EVENTS CALENDAR

December 22 - January 9| Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul

December 9|  Screening of Winter Sleep

September 19 - October 19| The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul

May 20, 2014| Threshold - A Staged Reading by Hasan Erkek

May 16 - 25, 2014| 13th New York Turkish Film Festival

May 15, 2014| Young Photographers Award Open Call Application Deadline

May 2-3, 2014| Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar (An Overprotected Eye Always Gets Sand in it)

April 1, 2014| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship

January 16 - March 1, 2014| Private Matters organized by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Hayes Williams

November 12-30, 2013 | 2013 Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul at The Elipsis Gallery

August 2, 2013 | 13th NYTFF Film Submission Deadline

July 27-28| "Oasis" Presented by NY2Dance at Ailey Citigroup Theater

May 2013| 2013 YPA Winner Announcement

March 21| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship Applications

November 30, 2012| Priene Hali Benefit Sale

August 26, 2012| Korhan Basaran performance at the Wild Project

June 27, 2012| 2012 SVA Open Studios

March 30-September 15, 2012| "Films About Conscience" Open Call

April 27-May 10, 2012| "The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey" at The Film Society of Lincoln Center

January 4-17, 2012| "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" at Film Forum 

January 4-15, 2012 | "Lick but Don't Swallow," by Ozen Yula

November 5-18, 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" Exhibition 

November 11, 2011|Kardes Turkuler Music Workshop

November 11, 2011| Asli Çavuşoğlu: Words Dash Against the Façade

November 13, 2011 Kardes Turkuler in Concert with Arto Tuncboyaciyan  feat. Special Guest Ara Dinkjian

October 15, 2011| Application Deadline for Call for Short Films: "Films about Conscience" Project

October 8, 2011|Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan at NYFF

July 13-16, 2011 | "For Rent," by Ozen Yula    

June 2011 | Summer Residency Program at SVA

May 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" winner announcement

April 11 | Summer Residency Program at SVA Application Deadline

March 25&27 | Public Screening of Majority (Cogunluk)

December 3-5, 10-12 | 12th New York Turkish Film Festival

October-November 2010 | Turkish Film Screenings in Ithaca (NY), Madison (MI), Milwaukee (MI) and Seattle (WA)

August 5, 2010 | Summer Residency Program: Open Studios & Exhibition


 

 

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Wednesday
Jun052013

2013 Young Photographers Award Results

 

On behalf of Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society, we are pleased to announce  that the winner of the fourth Young Photographers Award is Osman Demir of Mimar Sinan University, who will receive $5,000 for his award. In addition, honorable mentions will go to Cagin Coskunirmak of  Akdeniz University and Melih Cevdet Teksen of Kocaeli University, who will each receive $2,500. The awards will be used to cover the recipients' tuition and/or photography equipment purchases.

The Young Photographers Award was established by Haluk Soykan in 2010 to encourage and support undergraduate students of photography in Turkey. The program is administered by the Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society and is made possible by a grant from Young Photographers Award Fund established by the donors at Turkish Philanthropy Funds. In addition, Moon and Stars Project makes an additional $1,000 contribution to the program to support exhibition expenses.

Selection Process

The winners were selected by Anne Havinga, Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs, and Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, both from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, who made the following statement about the selection process:

It was wonderful to return again this spring to jury the fourth annual Young Photographers Award. Each year we look forward to this process that takes us away from our museum jobs for a day and gives us the opportunity to look closely at a cross-section of work by Turkish photography students. As we have said in the past, it is a real rarity to be able to judge a group of photographs on the basis of actual prints, rather than images on a computer screen, and by doing so we can often learn much more about the individual artists and their projects. We also understand the challenges that this entails for each of the students who are chosen to participate – the printing, shipping, and translating of personal statements during the busy school year – and we applaud them for it.

This year, 18 artists from 10 different universities submitted photographic prints that are of very high quality. Although the work is as thematically wide-ranging as ever, it is interesting to note some of the trends that we began to see among these artists’ projects. One of the threads that runs through much of the work is an underlying feeling of melancholy and loss in the face of the rapid modernization and change taking place in Turkey today. A number of pieces also examine the photographers’ deeply felt connection to place, whether to an entire region, a neighborhood, or a single street. Several artists, including this year’s three prize winners, focus on documenting the lives of children as well, often pointing to larger cultural issues in the process of recording these young peoples’ experiences. Finally, there were a surprising number of black-and-white prints sent in this year, which was noteworthy and would have been very unusual to find among their American counterparts, who more and more often work in color.

This year's Young Photographers Award winner Osman Demir's images are digital color portraits of young gypsies who have settled on the edge of the city with their families and are trying to carve out a life there against great odds.

Honorable mention Cagin Coskunirmak's series of dramatic black-and-white street photographs sets out to document the children growing up in Balbey, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Antalya, in the southwest of Anatolia.

Second honorable mention Melih Cevdet Teksen submitted memorable photographs of deserted schools. His starkly beautiful images of empty classrooms bear witness to the mass migration of rural people to major cities like Istanbul from areas such as the Kastamonu province in the western Black Sea region.


Read more about the winner's and honorable mentions' photos here.

Participating Universities

We congratulate Osman Demir, Cagin Coskunirmak, Melih Cevdet Teksen, and all other participants and wish them continued success in their future endeavors. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the teaching staff of the following departments for nominating candidates from their respective institutions:
  • Akdeniz University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Photography
  • Bahcesehir University Faculty of Communications, Department of Photography and Video
  • Bilgi University Photography and Video Department
  • Dokuz Eylul University Department of Photography
  • Kocaeli University Department of Photography
  • Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Department of Photography
  • Sabanci University Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design
  • Yeditepe University Department of Visual Communication Design
  • Yildiz Technical University Department of Photography and Video
Friday
Aug172012

2012 Young Photographers Award Winners


 

On behalf of Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society, we are pleased to announce  that the winner of the third Young Photographers Award is Duygu Gurcan of Mimar Sinan University, who will receive $5,000 for her award. In addition, honorable mentions will go to Ayse Meltem Yildiz of  Yildiz Technical University  and Alev Ozkan of Mimar Sinan University, who will each receive $2,500. The awards will be used to cover the recipients' tuition and/or photography equipment purchases.

The Young Photographers Award was established by Haluk Soykan in 2010 to encourage and support undergraduate students of photography in Turkey. The program is administered by the Moon and Stars Project and is made possible by a grant from Young Photographers Award Fund established by the donors at Turkish Philanthropy Funds. In addition, Moon and Stars Project makes an additional $1,000 contribution to the program to support exhibition expenses.

Selection Process

The winners were selected by Anne Havinga, Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs, and Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, both from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, who made the following statement about the selection process:

"It was a great privilege to be asked to jury the Young Photographers Award once again this year. As photography curators in an American museum we don’t often have the opportunity to see work made by young, emerging artists in foreign countries and very rarely are we able to study actual prints this way. We appreciate the challenges and expense that these Turkish university students faced in producing their photographs and shipping them to the U.S. for us to judge, because we benefited greatly from the experience of viewing their prints and reading the explanatory texts that accompanied them at the same time. The great breadth of this work, which ranged from social documentary, on one end of the spectrum, to highly subjective and expressive imagery, on the other, reminded us afresh of Turkey’s rich tradition of reportage and photojournalism, but also of the many international influences that inspire the look of young artists’ work today.  

This year there were 15 applicants from 10 different photography programs across Turkey and the overall caliber of the work was very high. As was the case last year, choosing just one prize winner was very difficult, so we were very pleased to again be able to recognize two additional artists whose photographs really spoke to us and we felt deserved honorable mention.

The winner of this year’s Young Photographer’s Award, Duygu Gurcan, showed a stunning group of digital color prints capturing the lines of laundry that still can be found strung across empty lots and between buildings in her native Istanbul. The inability of most urban dwellers today to dry their clothes in the open air has come to symbolize for the artist the loss of more than simply green spaces in contemporary cities. For Duygu Gurcan the colorful, dancing shapes of the laundry juxtaposed against the anonymous, stacked-up forms of the city’s urban renewal projects emphasize the rapid transformation of her surroundings and the dramatic impact that this wave of modernization has had on Istanbul’s citizens.

We were also drawn to the work of Ayse Meltem Yildiz, whose lovely, large digital prints record the hands of her aged subjects holding photographs of themselves from a much earlier moment in their lives. These unusual sepia-toned portraits-within-portraits are meant to stand as witness to each sitter’s most powerful visual memories and have earned her our first honorable mention. They are particularly striking, because their contrasts are often quite vivid: for example, in one, the weathered hand of an old woman points to her own face in a crumpled class portrait of beautiful young nurses set off against an equally rough-hewn surface, and in another, an elderly man’s hand rests on a frame filled with lively snapshots of himself as an actor, dressed in cowboy gear and obviously playing to the camera.

The second honorable mention goes to Alev Ozkan, who hopes to make her mark as a documentary photographer and here has chronicled the lives of a group of miners in Zonguldak, an area on the Black Sea whose main industry is coal. Her velvety dark prints and long exposures perfectly capture both the mysterious beauty and the dangerous reality of the work carried out by these men. In the majority of her pictures the workers appear in groups, their individual features lost in the low light of the mines and the glow of their headlamps and flashlights, but in one, at least, a miner is shown close-up, his challenging stare directed at the viewer and his face and clothing covered in coal dust.

Participating Universities

We congratulate Duygu Gurcan, Ayse Meltem Yildiz, Alev Ozkan, and all other participants and wish them continued success in their future endeavors. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the teaching staff of the following departments for nominating candidates from their respective institutions:
  • Akdeniz University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Photography
  • Bahcesehir University Faculty of Communications, Department of Photography and Video
  • Bilgi University Photography and Video Department
  • Dokuz Eylul University Department of Photography
  • Halic University Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Kocaeli University Department of Photography
  • Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Department of Photography
  • Sabanci University Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design
  • Yeditepe University Department of Visual Communication Design
  • Yildiz Technical University Department of Photography and Video
Thursday
Oct272011

"Young Photographers Award" Exhibition - November 5-18 in Istanbul

 

 

Tuesday
Aug022011

2011

 

2011 Young Photographers Award Results

It is our pleasure to announce the winner of the second Young Photographers Award is Tuncay Çetin from Akdeniz University, who will receive $5,000 for his award. In addition, honorable mentions go to Emir Özşahin of Bilgi University and Mahmut Koyaş of Okan University, who will each receive $2,500. The awards will be used to cover the recipients’ tuition and/or photography equipment purchases.

The Young Photographers Award was established by Haluk Soykan in 2010 to encourage and support undergraduate students of photography in Turkey. The program is administered by the Moon and Stars Project and The American Turkish Society; and was made possible by a grant from Young Photographers Award Fund established by the donors, Elisa and Haluk Soykan at Turkish Philanthropy Funds. In addition, Moon and Stars Project makes an additional $1,000 contribution to the program to support exhibition expenses.

The winners were selected by Anne Havinga, Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs, and Karen Haas, The Lane Collection Curator of Photographs, both from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, who made the following statement about the selection process:

"We were honored to be invited to jury the Young Photographers Award again this year. It is always exciting to have the opportunity to look at the output of budding photographers like these, who at the start of their careers already show such promise and have so much to say. It is also fascinating for us as American curators to see the common threads that run through the field of photography across cultures as diverse as ours, as well as to discover aspects of this work that to our eyes seem distinctly Turkish. This year we were pleased to note that there were 22 applicants from 12 different university photography programs across Turkey and that the range and caliber of the work was even stronger than it was in the first year of the award. Having to choose a single winner was therefore even more difficult than it might have been, so we are very happy to be able to recognize two additional artists whose photographs we feel especially stood out and therefore deserve honorable mention as well.

"The winner of the Young Photographers Award, Tuncay Cetin, presented a riveting series of portraits of Alzheimer patients in a local nursing home that are undeniably heartbreaking but avoid feeling marginalized, as each of his subjects is so sensitively described in the artist's titles and accompanying texts. Tuncay Cetin's black-and-white photographs are made even more powerful by their beautiful print quality, extreme close-ups, and tightly cropped compositions. These are images that have a strength and maturity that made them our clear first choice. We also particularly responded to the 'Pastel Deaths' pictures by Emir Ozsahin, to whom we gave the first honorable mention for an unusual group of color photographs of dead animals captured in very human poses that was inspired by the artist having witnessed the tragic death of a friend. This visual exploration of what remains of a loved one after death was both thought provoking and surprisingly lovely. The second honorable mention goes to Mahmut Koyas, whose large, graphically strong prints examine the very different life experiences of men, women, and children living in the rugged terrain along the border of Turkey and Armenia. We were especially drawn to his exhilarating photograph of a boy and rearing horse and another showing the backbreaking labor of women doing laundry - both images set against the dramatic landscape of the region. Congratulations to Tuncay Cetin, Emir Ozsahin, and Mahmut Koyas and all the photographers who took part in this second year of the Young Photographers Award."

We, too, congratulate Tuncay Çetin, Emir Özşahin and Mahmut Koyaş, and all other participants and wish them continued success in their future endeavors. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the teaching staff of the following departments for nominating candidates from their respective institutions:

- Akdeniz University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Photography
- Bahçeşehir University Faculty of Communications, Department of Photography and Video
- Bilgi University Photography and Video Department
- Dokuz Eylül University Department of Photography 
- Haliç University Faculty of Fine Arts
- Kocaeli University Department of Photography
- Marmara University Department of Photography
- Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Department of Photography
- Okan University Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Photography
- Sabancı University Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design 
- Yeditepe UniversityDepartment of Visual Communication Design
- Yıldız Technical University Department of Photography and Video


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2011 Genç Fotoğrafçılar Ödülü Sonuçları 

Bu sene ikincisi düzenlenen ve 5000 ABD doları tutarında olan Genç Fotoğrafçılar Ödülü’nü Akdeniz Üniversitesi’nden Tuncay Çetin’in kazandığını duyurmaktan mutluluk duyuyoruz. Birincilik ödülünün yanı sıra her biri 2,500 ABD doları tutarında olan iki mansiyon ödülüne Bilgi Üniversitesi’nden Emir Özşahin ve Okan Üniversitesi’nden Mahmut Koyaş layık görülmüşlerdir. Bu miktarlar, ödül kazanan öğrencinin tercihine göre okul ücretinin ve/veya malzeme masrafının karşılanmasına yönelik olarak kullanılacaktır.

Türkiye’de fotoğraf dalında lisans eğitimi gören öğrencileri desteklemek ve teşvik etmek amacıyla Haluk Soykan tarafından 2010 senesinde A.B.D’de kurulan Genç Fotoğrafçılar Ödülü, Moon and Stars Project ve The American Turkish Society (ATS—Amerikan Türk Cemiyeti) tarafından yönetilmektedir. Program Elisa ve Haluk Soykan tarafından Turkish Philanthropy Funds altında kurulmuş olan "Genç Fotoğrafçılar Ödülü" fonu tarafından desteklenmektedir. Ayrıca Moon and Stars Project, İstanbul’da yapılacak olan karma serginin masraflarını karşılamaya yönelik projeye $1,000 tutarında ek bir katkı yapacaktır.

Genç Fotoğrafçıların seçimi, Boston Güzel Sanatlar Müzesi’nden Sn. Anne Havinga (Yousuf ve Estrellita Karsh Kıdemli Fotoğraf Kuratörü) ile Sn. Karen Haas (Lane Koleksiyonu Fotoğraf Kuratörü) tarafından yapıldı. İki küratör seçim süreciyle ilgili olarak şu açıklamayı yaptılar:

“Genç Fotoğrafçılar Ödülünü bu sene de değerlendirmek için davet edilmekten dolayı onur duyuyoruz. Bizim için henüz kariyerlerinin başında olmalarına rağmen sanatlarıyla söyleyecek çok şeyi olan ve bu kadar gelecek vaad eden sanatçıların çalışmalarını değerlendirmek oldukça heyecen verici. Biz Amerikalı kuratörler için büyüleyici olan fotoğraf dalının ortak özelliklerinin, tamamen farklı kültürler arasında da olduğunu görmek ve fotoğrafların içinde bulunanTürk öğelerini keşfetmek. Bu sene Türkiye genelinde 12 farklı üniversitenin fotoğrafçılık programlarından toplam 22 başvuru geldiğini ve bunların kalitesinin ilk yıl olduğundan daha güçlü olduğunu belirtmekten memnuniyet duyuyoruz. Bu yüzden aralarından tek bir kazanan seçmekte normalde olacağından daha fazla zorluk çektik; bu sebeple fotoğrafları özellikle göze çarpan iki ek sanatçıya mansiyon ödülü verebildiğimiz için daha mutluyuz.

Birincilik ödülünü kazanan Tuncay Çetin yerel bakım evinde kalan Alzheimer hastalarının inkar edilemeyecak kadar hüzünlü portre dizisini sunarken,başlıklarda ve açıklama  metinlerindede sübjeleriyle ilgili  hassasiyetle yaptığı açıklamalarla, onları marjinal hissettirmemeye özen göstermiş. Tuncay Çetin’in siyah-beyaz fotoğrafları güzel baskı kalitesi, aşırı yakın çekimler ve sıkıca kırpılmış komposizyonlarile daha da güçlü kılınmıştır. Bu imajlardaki güç ve olgunluk onları açıkça ilk seçimimiz yapmıştır.

İlk mansiyon ödülünü verdiğimiz Emir Özşahin’in ölü hayvanları, insan pozlarında yakaladığı  alışılmadık bir grup renkli fotoğraftan oluşan ve sanatçının bir arkadaşının trajik ölümüne tanık olmasıyla esinlendiği  “Pastel Ölümler” resimlerinden oldukça etkilendik. Ölümünden sonra sevilen kişiye ait kalıntıların bu görsel arayışı hem düşündürücü hem de şaşırtıcı bir şekilde güzeldi. İkinci mansiyon ödülü ise büyük ve grafik gücü yüksek olan baskılarıyla Türkiye ve Ermeni sınırındaki engebeli arazide yaşayan erkek,kadın ve çocukların birbirinden çok farklı yaşam deneyimlerini inceleyen Mahmut Koyaş’a gidiyor.  Bizi özellikle çeken, sanatçının bir erkek ve saha kalkmış atı içine alan heyecan verici fotoğrafı ve çamaşır yıkayan kadınların inanılmaz emeğini gösteren ve her ikisi de bölgenin dramatik manzarası karşısında çekilen görüntüleriydi. Tuncay Çetin, Emir Özşahin, Mahmut Koyaş ve bu yıl ikincisi düzenlenen Genç Fotoğrafçılar Ödülü’ne katılan bütün fotoğraçıları kutluyoruz.”

Bizler de Tuncay Çetin, Emir Özşahin, Mahmut Koyaş ve yarışmaya katılan bütün genç fotoğrafçıları kutluyor, başarılarının devamını diliyoruz. Bu vesileyle aşağıdaki öğrenim kurumlarının fotoğraf bölümleri öğretim kadrolarına, kurumlarının adaylarını belirleyerek projeye destek vermiş oldukları için en içten teşekkürlerimizi iletmek istiyoruz:

- Akdeniz Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi Fotoğraf Bölümü
- Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi Fotoğraf ve Video Bölümü
- Bilgi Üniversitesi Fotoğraf Video Bölümü
- Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Fotoğraf Bölümü
- Haliç Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi
- Kocaeli Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi Fotoğraf Bölümü
- Marmara Üniversitesi Fotoğraf Bölümü
- Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi Fotoğraf Bölümü
- Okan Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi Fotoğraf Bölümü
- Sabancı Üniversitesi Görsel İletişim Bölümü
- Yeditepe Üniversitesi Görsel İletişim Tasarım Bölümü
- Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi Fotoğraf ve Video Anasanat Dalı

 

Monday
Aug012011

2010

Young Photgraphers Award 2010 - Winners

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