Harper’s Bazaar Arabia: What To Expect From This Year’s Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair

Date: 17 November 2020

Launching virtually in December, the fair celebrates its 15th anniversary by announcing a line-up of artists and galleries from Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Istanbul

What To Expect From This Year's Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair

Marking the art fair’s 15th anniversary, Contemporary Istanbul has announced the headliners for their upcoming virtual edition. Participating artists and galleries have been selected from Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Istanbul. The goal of this year’s event is to strengthen the connective force of art by showcasing local and international creative talent.

Exhibited works touch on social issues, cultural heritage and traditional artistic methods, mathematical and intergalactic ideologies. Contemporary Istanbul offers a platform to support the global arts, at such a crucial time.

Spearheading the headliners is Ghanian-born artist Kojo Marfo, presented by JD Malat gallery. Painting is Marfo’s chosen medium and the artist sources inspiration from traditional Akan artifacts deeply rooted in his culture to highlight social issues, religion, politics and spiritualism. His work spotlights the Black image by creating brightly coloured abstract figures that emphasise the hidden beauty and richness of African culture.

The piece selected by JD Malat Galery that will be exhibited at Contemporary Istanbul is ‘Noble Passage’, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 158x150cm

“I am thrilled to be able to bring the diverse JD Malat Gallery programme to Contemporary Istanbul 2020,” says Jean-David Malat, Founder of JD Malat Gallery. “Alongside the work of rising star Kojo Marfo, we will be bringing works from leading Turkish artists Zümrütoğlu and Hande Sekerciler together, as well as the work of the dynamic abstract painters Katrin Fridriks and Santiago Parra.”

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