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Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu

Living in Art

By Catherine Milner

Portrait of Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu. Photo by Kemal Dogulu. 

As Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu sits down, her long blonde hair is pulled neatly back in a ponytail. Her face looks quietly contemplative. She has just finished overseeing a public conversation about art in the time of crisis—something of a theme in Istanbul this year. “We wanted to find out how artists react in times of social turmoil; and to judge by what is happening in Egypt at the moment, artists are getting more, rather than…

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