Shell2012 – 2013Archival pigment print on aluminumCourtesy the artist
Serkan Taykan
2012 – 2013
Archival pigment print on aluminum
Courtesy the artist

Today, the MAXXI museum in Rome opened a show about Istanbul's social, architectural, and political landscape, consisting of 100 works from 45 artists and architects. The exhibition, titled “Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury,” is part of a series of projects that tackle both the relationship between the Middle East and Europe, and the changing urban climate within Istanbul itself.

“Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury”—curated by Hou Hanru, Ceren Erdem, Elena Motisi and Donatella Saroli—is comprised of architectural, artistic, and cinematic, projects. Artist Serkan Taykan’s photographs, titled Shell (shown above), document the changing landscape and rapid expansion of Istanbul’s residential buildings, while Inci Eviner’s Nursing Modern Fall (shown below), is a three-minute video on loop, “in which the rational and irrational represented by modernist architecture and ruins collide, while a group of women try to affirm their existence and their capabilities,” according to a MAXXI press release. Istanbul-based firm Superpool will display Mapping Istanbul in 2015, a project tracking how the city has evolved since 2009.

Nursing Modern Fall2012Hd video, 3 minute loopVideo still
Inci Eviner
Nursing Modern Fall
Hd video, 3 minute loop
Video still

The show is split into six sections:  "A rose garden?", "Ready for a change?",  "Can we fight back?", "Should we work hard?", "Home for all?", and "Tomorrow, really?"  Each section confronts different subtopics related to change within an urban environment—such as how the 2013 Gezi protests have altered the city, and how a recent influx of refugees have adjusted to their new home.

Featured artists and architects include, Hamra Abbas, Can Altay & Jeremiah Day, Halil Altındere, Emrah Altınok, Architecture For All (Herkes İçin Mimarlık), and Volkan Aslan. Visit the museum's website for the full list of artists and architects that are contributing. The exhibition will remain open until April 30, 2016.