m-est 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, 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 a 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. Since September 2013, m-est.org publishes "issue"s that unfold over time.
The first m-est.org issue was dedicated to the public space, edited by Özge Ersoy, Elif Gül Tirben and Merve Ünsal.