50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East


Banu Cennetoglu, Turkey

Banu Cennetoglu, Turkey

The buzz around Turkey's contemporary art scene is fueled in part by the likes of artist Banu Cennetoglu and other youngish practitioners who are forging their own creative spaces. In the last decade, Cennetoglu founded BAS in Istanbul, considered Turkey's first center for archiving, displaying and producing artist books. She has said that with books one doesn't need to exhibit work or have a curator or editor; instead the artist gets to wear those hats. The photographic artist (whose work is pictured here) was one of two artists to represent Turkey in the 2009 Venice Biennale.

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