BAS (Istanbul, Turkey)


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BAS (officially Istanbul Sanat Arastirmalari Dernegi – Istanbul Art Research Association) is an artist run space in Istanbul initiated by Banu Cennetoglu (RA 2002/2003). With a primary focus on artist books and publications BAS collects, displays and will produce printed matter. BAS aims as well to generate a new platform for Turkish artists to explore printed matter as an alternative space. A book can create a discussion because it demands the reader’s participation. It is not a detached or a distant participation; it is a direct one involving the reader’s body and mind. BAS focuses on artists, writers, cultural producers and a curious, interested and engaged public. In a country where the art world is quiet limited in terms of infrastructure, book art could be an efficient way to disseminate work and words. Local production will be the priority and the distribution will be developed by, partly already established, international contacts and collaboration. This website only shows some of the projects. More information on