In October I took a trip to Istanbul together with the artistic director of Z33, aiming to see Joseph Grima’s show at the first Design Biennale of Turkey. I suddenly had many random encounters with old Dutch friends and also many unexpected cultural experiences that I will not forget so soon. During the day I had a look at what the Design Biennale and the city itself offers, in the evenings I went to see the people from Salon Amsterdam for Turkish food and Raki.
Old magic of Istanbul
Sometimes there is no real explanation
Turkish rugs are ideally made of wool, knotted or woven by hand, often in complex designs
World of welcome by Irene Fortuyne for Salon Istanbul
Detail of World of welcome by Irene Fortuyne for Salon Istanbul
As much as an activity to catch some food, the night fishing seemed to be a social event. Groups of men would hang out for hours talking, smoking and casting.