Camekân, the designers in residence programme starts on 31 January

The designers in residence programme titled Camekân, organised by the Istanbul Design Biennial, starts on 31 January.

The programme titled Camekân, supported by the Grant Scheme for Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Dialogue between Turkey and the EU–II (CCH-II) grant and realised in partnership with the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG).

Camekân will be hosting eight emerging designers, either university students or young graduates from Europe and Turkish cities outside of Istanbul between 31 January and 28 February 2022, in Istanbul. The programme’s main location will be Barın Han, the historical building used as a workshop and bookbinding house for many years by one of Turkey’s leading calligraphy and bookbinding artists, Prof. Emin Barın.

As a result of the evaluation following the open call launched in October 2021, Yılmaz Şahser, Kusay Tatlı, Elif Sarıgüzmen, Hanieh Fatouraee, Jannik Lang, Clemens Lauer, Pia Matthes and Kathrin Rüll have been selected as the eight young designers participating in Camekân.

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), which is the umbrella institution that organises the Istanbul Design Biennial, will tend to their travels and accommodation and facilitate their research and production processes throughout the residency period, providing them with the necessary contacts, material, space and assistance.

The programme aims to help the young designers foster cross disciplinary and trans-regional collaborations and exchanges, and will simultaneously bring together in Istanbul eight mentors/tutors/experts from Turkey and Europe.

Camekân offers a new learning platform based on mutual discussion and learning, presenting original productions where mentors will come together with young designers and experiment different praxes.

Free open lectures within the scope of the programme
Camekân will be enriched by eight free public open lectures given by the mentors of the programme. The lectures will unfold either as talks taking place at Barın Han, or sometimes as walks through a particular destination in Istanbul or visits to specific locations in the city.

Reservation is required in order to attend classes. The open lectures will continue throughout February. To learn more about the lectures keep the Istanbul Design Biennial’s e-bulletins and social media accounts in order to learn more about the lectures.