The East Through Western Eyes

December 2013

THE SAKIP SABANCI MARDIN CITY MUSEUM’S DILEK SABANCI GALLERY IS BRINGING A TASTE OF ORIENTALISM TO MARDIN.

Batının Gözüyle Doğu
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Mardin is playing host to a photography exhibition that’s sure to interest to history buffs. The show, consisting of upwards of 100 photographs shot in the famous Ottoman photography studios of their time, features such stock figures as dervishes, beggars and street vendors as well as street and village market scenes. Educational programs for the children and young people of Mardin are also being organized in conjunction with the exhibition. Hosted by the Sakıp Sabancı Museum with the backing of the Office of the Governor of Mardin Province, “Photographs of The East as Viewed from the West” will be open to visitors all year long.

THE EAST OF THE MIND
Following in the footsteps of the itinerant photographers, the photography studios too shot scenes conceived and requested by foreigners, producing photographs that reflect not authentic Ottoman life as seen through the eyes of natives but rather the image of the East in the minds of westerners.