Nazli Gurlek is an independent curator, writer and artist and founder of UMA, an interdisciplinary platform for creative research and production rooted in ancient pagan traditions of Anatolia. She lives in Istanbul.
A sprawling city of more than 15 million inhabitants split between two continents, Istanbul is home to a relatively compact constellation of privately funded foundations, artist-run spaces and commercial galleries. H.G. Masters and Nazli Gurlek survey this art scene’s recent past, and consider what the future might hold in the wake of the Gezi Park protests, a contentious edition of the biennial and little state support