Translating Worlds

Nilüfer Şaşmazer works as an independent curator and editor based in Istanbul. She recently curated the solo show of Nuri Kuzucan, “Passage” in Arter (2023) as well as the group exhibitions “Petrified Dreams” (Galeri Nev İstanbul, 2022), “Fugue” (Evliyagil Museum, Ankara, 2019), “Dark Deep Darkness and Splendor” (Galerist, 2017), “La Ventura” (Ark Kültür, 2016) and Füreya Koral’s largest up-to-date retrospective, “Füreya” (Akaretler, 2017), while also co-authoring and co-editing her monograph with the same title. A selection of her recent editorial projects includes “Füsun Onur: Once Upon a Time…”, the monograph of Füsun Onur, who represented the Pavilion of Turkey in the 59th Venice Biennale (2022), the exhibition catalogue “You Know Who” (Abdülmecid Efendi Mansion, 2022), publications of the 16th International Istanbul Biennale (2019) titled “The Seventh Continent” among other exhibition publications and artist books. She has written and translated texts for artists’ exhibition catalogues, and her articles have been published in various printed and online publications.

Milan Vukašinović is a Yugoslav Byzantinist. He holds a shared PhD in history from the EHESS in Paris and the University of Belgrade on subjectivity and spatiality in the thirteen-century narratives from Byzantium and Serbia. He was a junior researcher (2015-2019) at the University of Belgrade and a GABAM-ANAMED postdoctoral fellow (2019-2020) at Koç University, Istanbul. His main research interests are narrative, space, and ideology. He participated in activities of the research network “Text and Narrative in Byzantium” between Paris and Uppsala. He has written and published on medieval historiography, hagiography, narrative, political agency, spatiality and gender. He is currently working as a researcher and coordinator at the Retracing Connections programme, at Uppsala University. He has an associate degree in library studies and cultural mediation.

Exhibition assistant

Tüten Akay works as an independent project coordinator and curator/artist assistant based in Istanbul. She worked the group exhibitions such as “Also Your Wound, Rosa” (Kurtuluş Greek Primary School, 2022), “Large Meadow” (Ark Kültür, 2018), “Look At Me!” (Pera Museum, 2018) and “Singapore Unseen” (Pera Museum, 2018). She participated in the MA Program in Cultural Management (2018) at Istanbul Bilgi University and  worked as a research assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University’s Cultural Policy Yearbook (KPY) and as a student assistant (2019-2020) at the Undergraduate Department of Arts and Cultural Management. She wrote the thesis titled “Contemporary Art Organizations Against Precarious Conditions of Artists After 2010s” (2022), which examines a parallelism between the contemporary art and the labor of artists by highlighting Turkey’s social, political, economic and cultural agendas.