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 (400+ 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 2019, it has adapted it’s 8th edition to an online & restricted physical one in 2020 beacuse of the pandemic. It has been contributing to the culture of Turkish society, announcing Turkish art to wider masses while creating an artistic awareness for future generations.
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.
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.
Can Altay is an artist. Using narrative devices and spatial instruments, he produces installations, settings for common use, and exhibition designs. His works were exhibited at institutions such as Walker Art Centre, PS1 MoMA, ZKM, MAXXI, Van Abbe Museum, SALT; and solo shows in Bolzano, Istanbul, Utrecht, London, Berlin, Bristol. Altay’s podcast Ahali Conversations focuses on the future of cultural production, inviting artists, designers, and thinkers to imagine a broader understanding of making meaning.
Received education on art history at Mainz, Paris, Newcastle and Frankfurt universities. He had his PHD at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University on sculpture Wolfgang Laib (2000).
After working as Curatorial Associate in Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden and Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienne, he served as Curator for Contemporary Art, Museum Folkwang Essen (2001-2005). After working at Kunstakademie Kassel, he became the Artistic Director at Kunstverein Arnsberg (2005–2008) and member of acquisition committee at FRAC Franche-Compté (2005-2008). He established the artists’ residency program ArtCenter İstanbul (2009-2014) and cooperated with Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf for different residency projects. He has independently carried out several curatorial projects, both at a national and international level, and has worked as an adjunct tutor/curator at different art spaces and platforms.
Recently he is working as independent curator in Düsseldorf for different institutions among them Tate, Staatliche Museen Berlin, Borusan Contemporary, Kiasma, Kunsthale Deutsche Bank, Sabanci Museum. Since 2015 he is collaborating with SKIRA Editore, Milan as an advising editor for monographic books. He writes on regular basis at Sözcükler and Unlimited magazines and has published various texts at exhibition catalogues and art books, as well as edited some artistic publications. Recently he is working for a public art project at the Zollverein, Essen.
Hale Tenger (b. 1960, İzmir) received an M.F.A. from South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff (1988); an M.F.A. from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Ceramics Department (1986) and an A.A. in Computer Programming from Boğaziçi University (1981). Since her first solo show at Galeri Nev İstanbul in 1990 she has held numeous solo shows, amongst the most recent are Galeri Nev İstanbul (2019), Rizzuto Gallery, Palermo (2018), The Yard, Alserkal Programming, Dubai (2018), Protocinema, New York (2015). She participated in various biennials, the most recent ones are 16th Istanbul Biennial (2019) and 57th Venice Biennale (2017). Her works have been featured at institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Arter, Istanbul Modern.
After graduating from Robert College in 1996, she double-majored in Art History and French Literature at Skidmore College in the USA. Upon completing her Art History and Decorative Arts master’s at Christie’s Education in Paris in 2001, she returned to Turkey and began working at Yapı Kredi Cultural Center. This was followed by different roles she took up at a variety of non-profit institutions and commercial art spaces such as Proje4L-Contemporary Art Museum, Galeri Nev and Egeran Galeri. She’s been working as an independent art advisor since 2014. In recent years, she began collaborating with various arts and culture clubs including Fest Travel, Atölye Maçka, Artkolik and BAK in order to share her love and knowledge of contemporary art with a larger audience, striving to make it accessible to a wider crowd.
Azra Tüzünoğlu was born in Istanbul in 1982. After she got her post-graduate diploma from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Department of Sociology where she did her thesis on “Contemporary Arts in Turkey in the 90s”, she went on to work as an arts critic and editor. She worked as a writer in several art catalogues and publications such as the Artist, Birgun, Radikal and Sanat Dünyamız. She opened her first gallery OUTLET in 2008 where she hosted the very first exhibitions of many of Turkey’s 90’s generation artists. For three years, she carried out a busy programme hosting the works of around 60 national and international artists. She opened the PILOT Gallery in 2011 and the CoPilot Gallery in 2013 which she contemplated as an alternative exhibition venue and put into effect some rather challenging and ambitious projects. She produced the solo exhibitions of artists such as Burak Delier, Ali Miharbi, Fikret Atay and new generation artists such as Serra Tansel, Gozde Turkkan and Irem Tok. She collaborated with several national and international museums, art institutions and biennials, and enabled the acquirement of works by prominent museum collections. She worked towards increasing the international visibility of artists from Turkey. In addition to the group and solo exhibitions in the gallery, she took on the curatorship of the international group exhibition at the Pera Museum in August titled “Miniature 2.0: Miniature in Contemporary Art”. In 2020, she co-curated with Cabinin the 7th Çanakkale Biennale.