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Emrah Kahraman

Istanbul Archaeological Museums


Country: Turkey


Emrah is an archaeologist and works with the stone object collection at the Istanbul Archaeological Museums (IAM). The collection has a great number of artefacts dating from the prehistoric age to the Byzantine periods, which is a professional interest, particularly architectural sculpture. Documenting the collection is part of Emrah’s role, alongside archaeological excavation work.

Aside from working on the collection, Emrah is also a member of the new exhibition team at the IAM which has allowed him to focus on modern exhibition principles and techniques. He is also a PhD candidate at the department of architectural history at Istanbul Technical University where academic interests focuses broadly on Byzantine architecture, and the Christian iconography on the Byzantine architecture and art is an important research area for Emrah.

Personal interests include camping and sports such as paintball, canoeing, handball and football. Travel is a passion which Emrah combines with research interests in terms of visiting locations related to this.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme, Emrah was based in the Department of Greece and Rome and spent his partner placement at National Museums Northern Ireland.

Emrah worked with William Gmayi (Ghana) and Siddhant Shah (India) on her Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Journey to the West.

Emrah’s place on the ITP was generously supported by the Pears Foundation.