“No More Reality,” 2009. Exhibition view at DEPO, Istanbul. Courtesy DEPO
DEPO is a space for critical debate and cultural exchange in the city center of Istanbul, and the first initiative in Turkey to focus on regional collaborations among Turkey, the Caucasus, and Middle Eastern and Balkan countries. In addition to offering an artistic program (exhibitions, documentary screenings, and discussions), DEPO addresses the sociopolitical implications of socially engaged art practices in the whole region. It also organizes conferences, workshops, lectures, and panel discussions, and publishes an e-journal. DEPO is a hub for the initiation and realization of regional projects.
All activities organized by DEPO and its e-journal project provide artists, cultural operators, academics, and intellectuals the opportunity to engage with each other, exchange ideas and experiences, and develop collaborative projects. Furthermore, DEPO functions as an open space for other institutions’ activities.
DEPO’s quarterly e-journal Red Thread is envisioned as an active network and platform for the exchange of knowledge and the collaboration of artists, curators, social scientists, theorists, and cultural operators from the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus, North Africa, and beyond. It aims to create and widely disseminate new knowledge about paradigmatic, socially engaged art practices in a wide geopolitical context, thus challenging the predominance of Western narratives in official art histories and exhibition making.