Meghan Nuttall Sayres
Alara Çelik and Tuana Çelik
Deniz A. Aral
(Exhibition Program Director)
Aramis Kalay and Deniz A. Aral
Alara Çelik, Aramis Kalay and Meghan Nuttall Sayres
Turkish Cultural Foundation
Center For Global Engagement, Gonzaga University
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington
The Persian and Iranian, and, Turkish and Ottoman Studies Program, University of Washington
The University of Washington Libraries
Spokane Public Library
Atila Turgut (left) and Emirgan Aktunc, Uskadar, Istanbul
Streetwise Istanbul is a collection of images and stories about the street vendors, metro musicians, artisans and others who make a living on both sides of the Bosporus, and to whom Istanbul owes its color and vibrancy. Their words of wisdom often surprise and enlighten.
Gallery exhibitions at Gonzaga University and the University of Washington and public libraries, slated for late summer or fall 2016, which will run from 4-12 weeks. Related events on both campuses include an “Opening Night,” a panel discussion with the creators of Streetwise Istanbul, an international team including the author, photographer, and translators.
A social media campaign for Streetwise Istanbul launched in January 2016 on Facebook and Instagram, features weekly posts of profiles of hardworking, warm and creative residents of Istanbul.
Mehmet Oztekin,“Gramophone Father”, Sultanahment
Enhance global understanding and dispel stereotypes associated with cultures of the Near East too often presented by the mainstream media.
Facilitate cultural exchange between artists and students from America and Turkey.
Promote cultural diversity and mutual respect within our communities, schools and workplaces.
Encourage Americans to travel or study in Turkey.
(Images copyright of Aramis Kalay and Meghan Nuttall Sayres)