Istanbul Street Style

Back again after a long time, but i had one very good reason to go missing, and its called istanbul street style!

About a month ago, by the power given to me by google search and email, i met an amazing person named Dano Alexander.

In a nutshell, for Dano everything about this project started with his blog,, on which he featured photographs of the many interesting figures on the streets of istanbul. He really captures the uniqueness of these figures without getting caught up on who they are, where they come from or where and how they get their clothes. The most important thing is that these people are capable of freely expressing themselves all the superficial details aside..
To make the long story short, the idea behind the blog gets bigger and bigger and ends up becoming a monthly event called Sahane* in which i as well am involved as a curator/art director.
Our first Sahane* event happened recently at the Hall. Now that I have mentioned the Hall, I need to give a little more detail about the space cause its even more sahane… The Hall is an event space located behind Emek Sinemasi, which used to be a church. Magnet Istanbul took this beautiful structure and turned it into an amazing event arena with multiple rooms, gallery space, main dance floor and etc.. So we really had to give its worth to this space and i truly believe that we did. Within the show, there were two catwalks that 12 extremely talented emerging fashion designers displayed their collections. Along with that the gallery space featured 25 new and established artists (photographers, illustrators, painters, stylists, painters, conceptual artists), which added up to about 200 pieces of beautiful artwork. Besides all the art and fashion, there was also Ari Alpert’s stencil performance, a live cooking show by Dilara Erbay, the creative showcase Magicbox and many more!







There is a lot I can say about this event but it wouldn’t do the justice.. Istanbul has been longing for events like this for a long time.. Come visit us at our May 12th show and share the experience…

If you are an artist reading this you can contact us at, preferably with a link to ur portfolio.

Those of you who missed this show, please see the continuation of this show at the Levi’s Gallery in Beyoglu.



Art Fag with: Future Sounds from Eminönü

Future Sounds from Eminönü

8-bit polka-dot, jungle pop, casual sex, oldschool tarabya, gabber for kids, generative components, self taken cleavage shots of hot skanky emo girls, happy hardcore halucinations, boring blowjobs and speed metal soundscapes

YES it is quite obvious … Art Fag is back in the DJ booth at Babylon. Accompanied by Stereo Total and Plastik Vis. (visuals)

TONIGHT (15 march 2007) 22:00 Babylon 15 YTL (or 10YTL as a student)

Istanbul: The Drug

by Edwin Gardner

dutch skies

Well what to say… I’m back in the low and flat lands of the Netherlands again. Still suspended between here and Istanbul, not landed yet, not really touched down. Of course practically nothing changed in ‘Dutchia’, and besides that I’m not back in my old home yet and still living from my suitcase. So it still feels somewhat like i’m on the move. Well maybe this in between condition is a good rehab from my Istanbul drug. Although it still feels a bit like a ‘cold turkey’.

Istanbul skies

A few days before I left and I put my last visiting friends into a taxi to the airport, I had a chat with a psychology student in the Chill Out Hostel. We talked about Istanbul how I liked it etc.. Bottom line we agreed that Istanbul was an amplifier of feelings. The poetic and romantic character of the city mixed with the merciless energy of modernity makes that, when you feel good, you feel on top of the world and when you feel down, you feel like you’re almost in the gutter. And guess what that is exactly what drugs do right… So for my very pleasant Istnabul habit … addiction is pleasantly lurking around the corner.