Photofusion Member Leslie Hakim-Dowek curates East & West: Visualising the Ottoman City

Photofusion Member and New Creative Markets participant, Leslie Hakim-Dowek is pleased to present East & West: Visualising the Ottoman City, a conference project and exhibition.

As the main impact event of the AHRC conference project Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories, this exhibition brings together three contemporary artists using lens-based media, focusing on the representations of the Ottoman City: Aikaterini Gegisian, Leslie Hakim-Dowek and Paris Petridis. Leslie Hakim-Dowek is also the curator of the exhibition.

In this exhibition, at the intersection of personal and history, the artists focus on Ottoman cities bridging East and West, past and present. Through various approaches including documentary photography or archival-based practice, some works focus on the legacies of and transitions from the Ottoman Empire and its multiple histories of Diaspora and erasure. Other works look at the transformations and forgotten sites of Ottoman cities articulated through post and transcultural memories.


The exhibition will open on Friday June 6 (6-9 pm) with a performance by Alev Adil.

More events for your diary – all free…

Friday 20 June, 6 – 9 pm
Artists’ Talks and Roundtable with Shoair Mavlian, Tate Modern, and Reem Akl, Arab Foundation for the Image

Thursday 26 June, 7 – 9 pm
Roundtable with Ruba Asfahani, Arab British Centre; Bea Lewkowicz, Sephardi Voices UK and Nouritza Matossian, Armenian Institute

Venue : Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Opening Times : Mon-Fri 9am – 9 pm & Sat 9am – 5pm
Website: http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/exhibition