Article | Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 | The Muse of the Museum: An Allegoric Story of a Non Existent Photography Museum in Turkey

Title:
The Muse of the Museum: An Allegoric Story of a Non Existent Photography Museum in Turkey
Author:
Ebru Surek: Sabanci University, Turkey
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Year:
2011
Conference:
Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Issue:
062
Article no.:
020
Pages:
183-188
No. of pages:
6
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2011-11-22
ISBN:
978-91-7519-993-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Purpose of this paper is to uncover the layers of a non-existent photography museum. Museums offer material conditions of existence and indications that constitute a sound basis of culture. Therefore studying the existence of museums can tell us a lot about the cultural state of a society. As a photography student studying visual arts in Turkey; I have developed a keen interest on how art and photography is appreciated in Turkish society. This interest urged me to compare the worldwide museum practices. This comparison led me to a conclusion that the history of Turkish museums was far more ephemeral than the world famous ones; the purpose of their existence was to form a cultural and historical unity among its citizens. Therefore they were mostly regarded as collectors of archives and the importance of artistic appreciation always had a secondary place. Photography has also taken its share from this approach and always been treated as a witness to history rather than an art form. Therefore no priority was given to a photography museum for decades and Turkey is still in need of one.

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Ebru Surek
Title:
The Muse of the Museum: An Allegoric Story of a Non Existent Photography Museum in Turkey
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Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Ebru Surek
Title:
The Muse of the Museum: An Allegoric Story of a Non Existent Photography Museum in Turkey
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