CIF Dialogues, the fair’s talk symposium, has been a key element of the Contemporary Istanbul program, having been held every year for over a decade.  This year’s edition will be the first event hosted by the new Contemporary Istanbul Art, Culture and Education Foundation, as part of its educational outreach, with consultation from Vanessa Arelle and support by Akbank, CIF Dialogues’ main sponsor. Based on the theme of Sensibilities, it will take place ahead of the opening of the fair on 18 September 2018. Sessions will explore topics including Design and Heritage; Tech and Innovation; Art, Architecture and Spaces; Art World, Culture and Dialogue; and Game-changers. Moderators and guest speakers for CIF Dialogues 2018 include:

Igor Ramirez, Editor, Solar Magazine; Kristina Blahnik, CEO, Manolo Blahnik; William Gilchrist, Stylist, UK; Defne Koz, Co-founder, Koz Susani Design; Bünyamin Aydın, Founder, Creative Director, Les Benjamins; Ismail Hakkı Polat, President, Digital Transformation Association; Nicole Junkermann, Entrepreneur, Investor, Founder of NJF Capital; Güvenç Özel, Architect, Artist, Researcher and Lecturer, UCLA; Sherry Dobbin, Cultural Director, FutureCity; Tolga Ulutaş, EVP of Direct Banking, Akbank; Prof. Suha Özkan, Architect, Founding President of World Architecture Community; Frida Escobedo, Architect, Designer of Serpentine Pavilion 2018; Murat Tabanlıoglu, Architect; Melisa Pezuk, DIFC VP Property Development, Museums Dubai; Anissa Touati, Curator; Alexander Schwarz, Partner, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin; Prof. Hasan Bülent Kahraman, Rector of Netkent Research and Science University; Philippe Van Cauteren, Artistic Director, SMAK; Michael Benson, Director of Prix Pictet, Founding Director of Photo London; Hakan Çarmıklı, Collector, CEO of Çarmıklı Holding; Charlotte Eyerman, Director and Chief Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Ahu Büyükkuşoglu Serter, Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Enabler; Nizam Uddin, Senior Head of Mosaic and Community Integration; Prof. Mehmet Toner, Biomedical Engineer, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; Eglantina Zingg; Founder of Proyecto Paz Latino América; Princess Martha Louise of Norway, Author, Founder of Soulspring; and Kim Polman, Founder, Reboot the Future.

CIF Dialogues will be followed by a special presentation of work by Turkish artist Murat Akagündüz as part of a CIF Exhibitions series, hosted by the Contemporary Istanbul Art, Culture and Education Foundation. The exhibition, which brings together recent works alongside seminal paintings inspired by the mythological Kaf Mountain, will be held from 18 September – 22 October 2018 at the Sofa Hotel Istanbul, Autograph Collection.