Foam 3h: Ece Gökalp
After Anahit  

Ece Gökalp's exhibition in Foam 3h revolves around two major events that took place in the Northeast of Turkey. With this project, Gökalp sheds light on conflicts related to cultural heritage, ecological devastation, and the complexities of changing geography due to historical events through in-depth research, photography, and archival material.

Image from the series After Anahit, 2023 © Ece Gökalp.
Image from the series After Anahit, 2023 © Ece Gökalp.
Image from the series After Anahit, 2023 © Ece Gökalp.

About the artist

Gökalp's main interest is the theory of photography. She explores the controversy surrounding photography, the photographic gaze, and the indexicality of photography in various contexts. She also investigates how photography can shape our perception of different places.

Ece Gökalp is a visual artist from Istanbul. She studied photography and video at YTU in Istanbul and spent a semester at the Graphic Design Department of the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague with an Erasmus scholarship. Later, she went to Berlin to study Art in Context at UdK Berlin.

Ece Gökalp has been part of many group exhibitions, mostly in Istanbul and Berlin. In 2017, she had her first solo exhibition in Apartment Project Berlin, followed by her second solo exhibition in Istanbul, with her master thesis project in 2018.

Watch the video interview with Ece Gökalp

Still from the video Foam 3h: Ece Gökalp - After Anahit, 2023 © Foam. Video by Ben Wegert and Salimata Siegel.

Ece Gökalp shares how the series After Anahit came about, the unique printing techniques that she uses and the broader message she hopes to convey through her work.

Read the article A Closer Look at the Work of Ece Gökalp by Özkan Gölpinar

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After Anahit, 2023 © Ece Gökalp, courtesy of the artist.


The exhibition of Ece Gökalp is part of Kısmet, a multi-year project that was created by artist Ahmet Polat and further developed in collaboration with Foam. It was initiated based on the longstanding cultural, diplomatic and economic connections between Turkey and the Netherlands. Through research, outreach, and exhibitions, Kısmet focuses on the complex and rich perspectives of Turkish visual culture, as seen through the perspective of different generations of image makers.

After Anahit is made possible with the support of the Van Bijlevelt Foundation, the Leeuwensteinstichting and Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab.

This exhibition is part of Kısmet, a close collaboration between Studio Polat and Foam. Kısmet has been made possible by the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund.

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, VandenEnde Foundation and the Gemeente Amsterdam.

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