‘The Connect’: NYC’s Turkish House exhibition on landscape photography

The feeling of running to a new exhibit always elicits an intellectual response. Today, the Turkish House (Türkevi) located in New York hosts a unique exhibition called “The Connect” which unveils the hidden gems of Anatolia through landscape photography including the different regions of Türkiye and the construction of a bridge that connects Turkey and the United States.

The exhibition opened its doors to art lovers at the Turkish House with the collaboration of Turkish Airlines, dubbed the global airline serving more countries than any other, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in New York.

The emotional content is the most important element of an image, whatever the photographic technique. Much of the work I see these days elicits a lot of emotional reactions from viewers. For this reason, photography for me is not a question of appearance but rather the feeling aroused by a landscape that transcends the constraints of culture.

Likewise, “The Connect” exhibition highlights landscape photography from different regions of Türkiye, bringing together 49 cities, and emphasizing the unseen face of Anatolia to reveal new perspectives on well-known destinations. and celebrated. Composed of photographs from the lens of Murat Dağaslan, one of the fascinating new generation photographers in the art world, the exhibition is curated by Serhat Kula.

Morgan Freeman at the opening event of New York’s Turkish House (Türkevi) exhibition titled ‘The Connect’, New York, USA on September 20, 2022. (Photo by Funda Karayel)

Through his photographs, Dağaslan aims to recreate everyday moments in an unorthodox way. Shot over two years, the photographs in “The Connect” exhibition offer a unique perspective on Turkey.

When I visited the exhibition, I felt again that the history of Türkiye was deep. The country is home to beautiful landscapes ranging from high mountains to turquoise seascapes. As you move from photo to photo, your perception guides you in different directions about how light and time transform landscapes.

During the opening ceremony, famous actor Morgan Freeman shared his messages through a video saying, “Good evening everyone. It is with great regret that I cannot join you, but I would like to welcome “The Connect” photography exhibition, presented by Turkish Airlines and the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in New York.As a brand ambassador of Turkish Airlines, it was an honor to be part of the airline’s mission to bring people together, to ‘make people feel close’ and ‘get people there’. It’s been a long journey over the past few years, and the importance of reconnecting and finding new perspectives never has never been so strong.”

Photography exhibition of the Turkish House (Türkevi) of New York

Turkish House of New York (Türkevi) photography exhibition “The Connect”, New York, US, September 20, 2022. (Photo by Funda Karayel)

Centered around the concept of Pangea, the supercontinent that existed millions of years ago, the exhibition pays homage to Turkish Airlines’ extensive connectivity as a global airline.

“With the spirit of adventure and reconnecting people, countries and cultures as you find new horizons to explore, I hope you enjoy the evening and invite you to reconnect and expand your world” , said the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Turkish Airlines and the Executive Committee Ahmet Bolat said.

“In many ways, the story of Turkey is the story of humanity. With countless cultures settling in this remarkable land, it is evident to visitors how pivotal these lands have been in the development of civilized societies. Over 30 years ago we started flying to the United States and Turkish Airlines will celebrate its 90th anniversary next year. Our mission now, as then, is to connect continents, connect countries and unite communities,” he added.

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