m-est is an artist-centered online project in which artist works, studio visits, and articles based on or related to conversations on visual practices are published. m-est is conceived as a discussion space, not dissimilar to an intimate dinner table, where artists and other cultural practitioners trace issues of concern or curiosity, publicly. The focus on Turkish artists reiterates a widening network of people, starting with where we are, to explore where we are going to go, limited only by our own interests. m-est, originally a Persian word used in Turkish, signifies a state of drunkenness. Here, it refers to that “other” state of mind in a conversation. The word also functions as a shortened version of “middle-east” as many Turkish practitioners, including ourselves, struggle with regionalism, or lack thereof. m-est‘s content is divided into two, on artists and by artists.
Elif Gül Tirben
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