m-est.org is an artist-centered online publication. Works by artists, studio visits, and articles based on/related to conversations on visual practices are published on m-est.org, conceived as a discussion space, not dissimilar to an intimate dinner table. Artists and other cultural practitioners trace issues of concern or curiosity, publicly. The focus on artists from Turkey 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 conversation. The word also functions as a shortened version of “middle-east” as many practitioners, including ourselves, struggle with regionalism, or lack thereof.
m-est.org was founded in March 2011. The first m-est.org issue was dedicated to the public space, edited by Özge Ersoy, Elif Gül Tirben and Merve Ünsal. This issue unfolded over time, starting in September 2013 with İlhan Ozan's Biennial and Artistic Activism and ending with Şeyma Bayram's Remembering the City in August 2014.