On the 530th anniversary of the arrival of Sephardic Jews on Ottoman soil, the Three Cultures Foundation and the Yunus Emre Institute in Madrid are presenting a joint exhibition of Turkish Sephardic artists 'Sepharad'. Curated by Terry Catalan, an artist herself, the exhibition in pursuit of a multicultural heritage brings together around thirty Turkish Sephardic artists.
In 2014, the first exhibition was held at the Pere Pruna Center in Barcelona in collaboration with the City Council and the Turkish Consulate General in Barcelona. In 2018, the 'Göke' exhibition was held with Sephardic artists with the invaluable support of London Yunus Emre Institute, the Turkish Embassy and the Cervantes Institute.
Following his last visit to the Yunus Emre Institute in Amsterdam in 2021, this exhibition reaches the Tres Cultures Foundation in cooperation with the Turkish Embassy in Madrid, the Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews and Centro Sephardic-Israel in addition to the Yunus Emre Institute in Madrid.
With more than fifty works by 33 artists, we can enjoy a blend of Istanbul's rich culture and the Sephardic heritage that was the inspiration behind each of these works of art. Sephardic artists have chosen to showcase selected works whose origins are rooted in history, popular culture, alternative forms, and traditional arts. The aim of the exhibition is to show cultural and social conditions from different perspectives and perspectives with the various colors found in paintings, photographs, ceramics and reliefs.
An interesting colloquium (in Spanish and Ladino) on 'Turkish Sephardi throughout History' was held on 19 May at 19:30 to promote this exhibition. Terry Catalan, curator of the exhibition; Silvyo Ovadya, president of the Quincentennial Foundation; Nisya İşman Allovi, Director of the Museum of Turkish Jews; Honorary photographer of the exhibition, İzzet Keribar; Concha de Santa Ana, director of the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation; and Madrid Yunus Emre Institute Director C. Ersin Adıgüzel.
With this exhibition, which can be visited until September 30, Yunus Emre Institute wants to convey the message of peace, love and tolerance to the world , how different cultural identities can live in harmony by sharing a rich heritage in a common space and to inspire this.