Mamut Art Project is the biggest art event and first fair dedicated to providing a dynamic platform for independent & emerging artists and to the concept for attainable art since 2013. Turkey’s unique art event is dedicated to provide a dynamic platform for undiscovered creative talent and engaging them with new and established collectors, galleries, curators and art lovers.
Mamut is a rent free platform, offering undiscovered artists the opportunity to professionally showcase their works in their own personal exhibition space. As well as providing curatorial guidance, PR support and network opportunities during the exhibition, Mamut Art Project is also proud to give professional advice on the careers of each participating artist after the exhibition.
Mamut’s artists (350+ artists featured so far) are now amongst the artists we watch in the most important art events in the country, including gallery shows, art fairs and the biennial.
Having close to 20.000 visitors only in its last edition, it has been contributing to the culture of Turkish society, announcing Turkish art to wider masses while creating an artistic awareness for future generations. This year’s exhibition will be showing 49 emerging creative talents working in a range of disciplines throughout Turkey and abroad.
We accept applications from independent contemporary artists (without any restrictions of age, education, medium or theme) during a 2 months application period (in 2020, the number of applications was 1.500).
Next, a jury of 5, which each year consists of different leading names of the Turkish art world (a curator, an artist, a collector, an academic, an advisor/a gallerist), selects 50 artists.
Each selected artist gets their own individual space, to exhibit their works throughout the event (4 days + preview night).
Mamut does not charge any rent, no hidden fees, only a minimal commission from the sale of their art works.
Art lovers discover new artists each year and take their first steps into collecting art with our affordable art concept.
Selcuk Artut (1976). His artistic research and production focus on theoretical and practical dimensions of human-technology relations. Artut’s artworks have been exhibited at Dystopie Sound Art Festival (Berlin, 2018), Moving Image NY (New York, 2015), Art13 London (London, 2013), ICA London (London, 2012), Art Hong Kong (Hong Kong, 2011), Istanbul Biennale (Istanbul, 2007), and received coverage at Artsy, Creative Applications, CoDesign, Visual Complexity, CNN GO. Currently, Artut is the head of the Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design Program at Sabanci University, Istanbul where he mainly teaches Sound and Interaction Courses. He has been releasing several albums as a member of a Post-Rock Avangard music band Replikas since 1998. In 2016, he founded with Alp Tuğan, an audio-visual performance group named RAW which produces works through creative coding and live-coding techniques. Artut is artistically represented by Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul.
Curator, Author and SAHA Society Director
Bafra is the director of SAHA Society, an organization that supports Turkey’s contemporary art production on global platforms, and the new SAHA Studio initiative, a program for visiting artists and curators. Bafra is an independent curator, contributor to art publications, and the producer and presenter of a radio show on Açık Radyo titled “Hariçten Sanat” that airs on Mondays. She was the curator and exhibitions/programs director of Istanbul Modern for 7 years, and worked as the director of Istanbul Biennial, artistic coordinator of Turkish Season in France, founding director of Cité des Arts Turkey Workshop, and Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion advisor in the 9 years she was with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.
In addition to her work in Turkey, she has designed and produced exhibitions and programs for artistic institutions in Germany, UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, and France.
Aslı Çavuşoğlu (1982, Istanbul) examines the way in which cultural and historical facts are transformed, represented, and interpreted by individuals. Working across various media, Çavuşoğlu often assumes the role of an interpreter, writer or facilitator in her projects in order to highlight the precarious and subjective nature of our shared histories.
Recent solo shows include The Place of Stone, New Museum, New York (2018); Red / Red, MATHAF Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar (2016); In Diverse Estimations Little Moscow, RISD Museum, Providence (2014); The Stones Talk, ARTER, Istanbul (2013); Murder in Three Acts, Delfina Foundation, London (2013); group exhibitions and biennials include; Moderna Museet (Stockholm, 2017), Castello di Rivoli (Torino, 2019 & 2017), Manifesta 11 (Zurich, 2016), 14th Istanbul Biennial (Istanbul, 2015), New Museum Triennial (New York, 2015), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, 2014), MAK Museum in Vienna (Vienna), and Performa 11 (New York, 2011). Her works are included in international collections such as; Arter (Istanbul), British Museum (London), Castello di Rivoli (Turin), MATHAF (Qatar), MoMA (New York) and Kadist (Paris / San Francisco).
Aslı Sümer founded artSümer in 2005 as a contemporary art gallery representing emerging and mid-career Turkish and international artists. The gallery is proud to be the initial representation for the majority of its artists with a dedication to fostering their careers. artSümer continues its commitment in placing their works in reputable public and private collections worldwide.
Erol Tabanca graduated from Ankara State Academy of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Architecture. Having more than 35 years of experience as an architect and a contractor, chairman of the board Tabanca also works as the lead architect of the company in conceptual design projects in addition to senior management activities of Polimeks.
Erol Tabanca is also an art enthusiast, collector and the founder of OMM – Odunpazarı Modern Museum, which was opened in September 2019 in Eskişehir.