Event: The Black & Whıte Of Passion

Moderator: Billur Tansel

Speakers: Ahmet Elhan, Tony Ventura

Date: Saturday, 25 March 2017

Venue: Open Dialogue Istanbul Address: Valikonağı St. Ece Apt. 106/1, Teşvikiye, Istanbul

Open Dialogue Istanbul initiates the series of seminars with ‘The Black & White Of Passion’. Collector Tony Ventura will be talking about his collection and the artist Ahmet Elhan, whose artworks are in his collection, will be accompanying him.

Tony Ventura who lives between Geneva and Istanbul, is a collector that specializes in photography. Initially his collection started with a common focus on one medium: that is photography. Approximately five years ago, as he was repositioning his artworks in his house, he noticed that 10 to 15 of the artworks had a common theme; and thus he decided to continue his collection in black and white nude photography.

And Ahmet Elhan, who is a photographer, with majors in graphic design and cinema-TV will be our other guest. In his works, Elhan studies the ontology of photography in the framework of the perception structure of the spectator, time and space. In his works, drawing parallels between social codes, general social perception and power relations,

The departure point of Ahmet Elhan’s works is the ontology of photographic image. Analyzing the structural similarities between the photographic image and human perception, he decodes the ideological structures of time and space. Drawing attention to the parallels between central perspective amd power relations in society, he disrupts social codes through creating lapses on the surface of photographic image.

Photographies by Kayhan Kaygusuz