Ali Güreli joined Victoria Siddall, Director of the Frieze Art Fairs London and New York and Frieze Masters; Savita Apte, Chair of the Abraaj Art Prize and a committee member of Art Dubai; andHans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of The Serpentine Galleries. The discussion was moderated by Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art and Architecture Critic of The New York Times. Together they discussed Art Fairs and Festivals: Global/Local, Temporary/Permanent.
While CI Chairman emphasized the unique position of Contemporary Istanbul, both locally and to its immediate regions, he highlighted the importance of Istanbul and Contemporary Istanbul ‘s location in relation to its surrounding regions, linking East to West, Gureli also talked about the fair and the city and the at the centre of a series of constantly shifting cultural and political landscapes and how this translates into Istanbul cultural scene both now and in the future and he added that “The art of tomorrow will emerge from Istanbul”. Noting that Contemporary Istanbul's endeavors to showcase and discuss art expand beyond the traditional gallery booth format, Güreli also emphasized how the fair become a brand for the city and its power to make Istanbul a brand city. “CI does not only promote art, it promotes Istanbul. The city has become an important hub for networking.”