Contemporary Istanbul Art, Culture & Education Foundation (CIACEF) was founded in 2018 to support the development of contemporary art and contemporary culture through educational programmes and to present crucial examples of contemporary art, new initiatives, new trends and cultural developments to art lovers in Istanbul. Besides introducing Turkish contemporary art and culture to the world, the foundation also aims to position Istanbul as one of the important centers of international art and culture.

For the past 6 years, as the talk programme of the fair, CI Dialogues took place at Contemporary Istanbul fairground with the participation of art professionals, museum and gallery directors, artists and curators as speakers.

CIF Dialogues, the event of CIACEF, will take place in Contemporary Istanbul fair ground.

The Mediterranean, or ‘mare midi terra’ – the sea in the middle of the lands conjures the idea of the sea as a meeting place. With Europe to the North, North Africa to the South, Southwest Asia to the East, and the narrow strait of Gilbraltar to the West, the Mediterranean basin is widely understood as the cradle of Western civilisation. Historically, it was a crossroads of ancient cultures: Persian, Mesopotamian, Phoenician, Semitic, Egyptian, Carthaginian, Berber, Iberian, Roman, Greek and Anatolian. Today, the notion of a shared regional identity still perpetuates, albeit shifting, ambiguous and open to interpretation.


Being as much a construction of mythology, idealism and a shared – if simple – aspiration for interconnectedness; as it is of political agenda, the idea of a Mediterranean unity or the co existence of Mediterranean identities still pervades today.


Taking this basin as a key site for the exchange of ideas, this conversation series unfolds across ART-O-RAMA and Contemporary Istanbul, bridging the historic links between both port cities, exploring some of the complexities affecting the Mediterranean today including; global mobility, a reconsideration of the landscape and the legacy of colonialism.

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12.00 – 12.45 Session 1: Agricultural entanglements

Moderator: Sveva D’Antonio, Co-director of Collezione Taurisano, Napoli


  1. Andrea Bagnato, Architect/ researcher
  2. Jumana Manna, Artist

13.00 – 13.45 Session 2: The Black Mediterranean

13.45 – 14.00 Q&A

Moderator: Ismail Einashe, Journalist and Writer


  1. Invernomuto, Collective comprised of Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi and founder of the ongoing project ‘Black Med’
  2. Ayesha Hameed: Artist and academic

14.00 – 14.45 Session 3: Gaia Has a Thousand Names

Keynote Speaker Tara Londi

14.45 – 15.00 Q&A

15.00 – 15.45  Session 4: The Structure of Context

Keynote Speaker Farshad Mehdizadeh

15.45 – 16.00 Q&A

16.00 – 16.45  Session 5: Art Law

16.45 – 17.00 Q&A

Speakers:      Reşat Moral, Managing Partner Moral & Partners

Lawrence M. Kaye, Partner & Co-Chair, Herrick Feinstein LLP