“It is a journey in the middle of Turkey. In the midst of its everyday life,” states the description of Finn Larsen’s exhibition, currently displayed at The David Collection in Copenhagen, a well-respected museum that holds Scandinavia’s largest collection of Islamic art, among the 10 most important in the Western world. Larsen’s exhibition, titled Travels in Turkey, is a photographic series of Turkey through a Danish photographer’s eye; it is of a journey that started as a coincidence but ended as being the photographer’s reality.
Two cone-topped minarets pierce the sky, silhouetted against a striking backdrop of clouds. Below them is an elaborate stone portal with a pointed arch, intricately carved with Islamic calligraphy and arabesque patterns in the style of the Seljuks, a dynasty that ruled much of what is now Turkey during the 12th and 13th centuries. Inside the archway, a wooden door sits ajar, while a small child, barefoot and unkempt, passes by in the foreground.
Greek photographer Athina Kazolea will present her latest photo exhibition revolving around traditional Turkish inns (Turkish word: han) and their history at the Sismanoglio Megaro in Istanbul from January 23rd to February 17th, 2013.
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