Contemporary Istanbul is pleased to announce that Kamiar Maleki has been appointed as the Fair Director starting work on the 12th edition of CI in 2017. Kamiar Maleki is a London based collector and curator. With 15 years of experience in the contemporary art world in collecting and patronage, Maleki has developed a significant interest in emerging artists. Fostering numerous young artists’ careers from an early stage. He is a founding member of the ICA’s Young Patrons and is a Young Patron to Parasol Unit Foundation and Tate. His inaugural exhibition as a curator was the critically acclaimed group show, Hashtag Abstract (2015) followed by Primary Colours (2016), the first UK solo exhibition of works by Richard Höglund, both at Ronchini Gallery.
Kamiar Maleki comments: "Being the gateway from Asia and Europe to the Middle East, the city and the country have a unique and strong collector base. Our aim is to continue to exhibit the best art of the region as well as internationally acclaimed and respected artists at CI. It is noteworthy that Istanbul has also seen a rapid opening of museums and galleries as well as a growing art fair calendar, partly due to the impact of CI. It is an important global arts hub that has championed both regional and international art. Our aim is for CI to further increase its recognition worldwide, building upon its trajectory and legacy.”