A British Museum/ITP Meet-Up: Ebru Esra Satici (ITP 2015, Turkey)

Jessica Juckes, International Training Programme Assistant

I was very happy today to have the chance to meet ITP Fellow Ebru Esra Satici here at the BM, who came on the ITP in 2015.

Esra – who is Gallery Curator at the ANAMED Gallery, Koç University Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations – has been in London to present at the Association for Art History 2018 annual conference. The conference ran from Thursday to Saturday last week at the Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, with the theme of ‘looking outwards’.

Esra’s paper was entitled ‘Looking Out for the Impact: Exhibiting sensitive topics in Turkey’, and concentrated on two exhibitions held at the ANAMED Gallery: Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond (2016) and Ottoman Arcadia (running until August 2018). The talk focussed on the preparation period for both exhibitions and their reception by visitors, as two exhibitions ‘rich in exemplifying negotiations between museum professionals and public opinion’. You can read Esra’s abstract here (P26) and access all the conference topics and abstracts here.

Esra and I also discussed current exhibitions in London. She and I have both recently visited the V&A’s Ocean Liners exhibition, and she is planning today to visit British Museum exhibition Charmed Lives in Greece, the Design Museum’s Hope to Nope, which our WPI students wrote about last week, and the Science Museum’s Illuminating India. That’s a busy day!

She was also able to offer some insights for the research project being undertaken by the four students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute who are currently part of the ITP team.  We spoke about ANAMED, the Talking Heavy conference, and the curatorial context in Turkey.


Thanks, Esra! Great to meet you!