Contemporary Istanbul is pleased to announce that Anissa Touati has been appointed as Artistic Director

Contemporary Istanbul is pleased to announce that Anissa Touati has been appointed as Artistic Director

Contemporary Istanbul (CI), the leading annual art fair in the region, is pleased to announce that Anissa Touati will join the fair as Artistic Director. Anissa Touati is a French independent curator and exhibition maker. In her role as Artistic Director, Anissa will develop the overall aesthetic and conceptual vision for the 14th edition of CI, which will take place 12 – 15 September 2019 in the Istanbul Congress Center and Convention and Exhibition Centre. Situated at the meeting point of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in one of the great cities of the world, CI is led by Chairman Ali Güreli, alongside Akbank, CI’s main sponsor.

“For the 14th edition of Contemporary Istanbul, we will reflect on the question of Mediterraneanism, exploring the unification of the basin from the past to the present day. I look forward to working to further build strategic partnerships, forging relationships with organisations both locally and internationally, enhancing what has been achieved to date,” says Anissa Touati, Artistic Director, Contemporary Istanbul.


“We are delighted to welcome Anissa Touati to the Contemporary Istanbul team. We look forward to working with her to continue to deliver our vision and offer a platform for the city’s thriving art scene, growing art market and collector base, as well as an access point to the best contemporary art from the wider region. Contemporary Istanbul not only strives to bring stimulating new ideas to the fair but actively seeks to enhance the cultural program within the wider city,” says Ali Güreli, Chairman, Contemporary Istanbul.


CI is also pleased to announce that for the 2019 edition of the art fair, Esra Özkan will curate Plugin, which focuses on new media and digital arts. Plugin explores the way in which new media can be presented in the conventional format of an international art fair. Further details of the theme and the artists included in the seventh edition of Plugin will be announced in summer 2019.


The 14th edition of CI will coincide with the 16th Istanbul Biennial curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, the opening of ARTER, operated by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, in September, and the Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture in June. The 14th edition of CI will also include the Recent Acquisitions I / Collectors’ Stories exhibition which will showcase two recently acquired artworks selected from 40 private Turkish collections. The exhibition will be curated by CI Executive Committee member Hasan Bülent Kahraman.