From a Distance: An Ethics of Image Construction

Alt Art Space, Istanbul
March 9, 2016

Alt begins its series of events, scheduled to happen every second and fourth Wednesday and Sunday of the month, with the talk “From a Distance: An Ethics of Image Construction.” Artist Hasan Özgür Top, whose work is featured in the exhibition “If you can’t go through the door, go through the window,” has invited World Press Photo-winner photo-journalist Emin Özmen to join him for a conversation that will take place on March 9th at 19:00.

Taking Top’s work “A Gift from the Middle East” (2013) as a point of departure, the talk will examine the issue of ethics of journalism by way of mentioning a short history of images of violence. Top and Özmen will also consider the relation people from different regions of the world have with images of war.

The talk will be held in Turkish.

Hasan Özgür Top
Hasan Özgür Top (b. 1988, Ankara) is an Istanbul-based artist, who has contributed to group exhibitions at Galeri Zilberman (İstanbul), Depo (İstanbul) and Lothringer 13 (Münih). His work has also been featured as part of Siemens Sanat – Bordir Orbits (2014) and Mamut Art Project (2013). Top participated in the “Emotional Thinking” workshop parallel to the 14th Istanbul Biennial and holds a BFA in Painting from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts.

Emin Özmen
Emin Özmen is an Istanbul-based photo-journalist for Agence Le Journal, whose work has focused on the Syrian Civil War and the ensuing migration trail since 2012. As a recipient of World Press Photo award, Prix Bayeux Calvados, and IdeasTap-Magnum Photos documentary photography prize, Özmen has contributed photographs to such publications as Time, New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and Guardian.