MEVLÜT AKYILDIZ
The reason behind Mevlut Akyıldız’s paintings’ unique humor should be his youth spent with multicultural friends at Kurtuluş.
Editor: Sidni Karavil

A photograph shared by Taner Ceylan on Instagram made me discover Mevlut Akyıldız. In November, I got the chance to have a conversation with him during his exhibition in Tophane-i Amire in İstanbul. His youth which was spent in Kurtuluş turned him into a person who sees the world in a wider perspective. He had both Jewish and Armenian friends back then. They used to wander in İstanbul together. Later, he painted typical Turkish characters to which he was familiar in those periods.

He reveals these typecasting in such a beautiful humor, one gets lost in the paintings. When I visited the exhibition I got surrounded by excitement, I smiled all the time. For example, in one of his oil paintings, that yokel Turkish man with his mustache wakes up in the morning with chubby Fatma who has a pearl neck. The painting is named “Körle Yatan Şaşı Kalkar”*. The man has his one eye closed and the woman is cross-eyed, naturally. In another painting, there are two men and Aysel who are sunbathing. Aysel didn’t forget to put on her lipstick while she is enjoying the beach with her swimsuit on. One of the men has “Armani” written on his swimsuit. Aysel looks at this writing and the men are looking up from Aysel’s feet. “Dost Başa Aysel Cüzdana Bakar”**

*An idiom in Turkish which literally means “The one who lies down with a blind rises up as a cross-eyed”. It can be translated into the English idiom: If you lie down with dogs you will get up with fleas.
**This is an altered version of the Turkish idiom: “Dost başa düşman ayağa bakar” which means “The friend looks at one’s head and the enemy looks at one’s feet.” The altered version means: “The friend looks at one’s head and Aysel looks at the wallet.”

FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
FINDS
CASE SERIES
ALL ARCHIVES
FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
THE DIAMOND FOLD

The art of using the right napkin in four steps.

FINDS
UNDER THE RAINBOW RISING FROM THE BOTTOM OF DARKNESS

An album that embraces birth, death, apocalypse, omens, earth, trees and human life in a musical context way beyond “experimentalism” in only 42 minutes.

CASE SERIES
PATINA SHOE BRUSH

Patina shoe brush kit is one of Sanayi313’s classical and practical designs.

BLACKOUTS
ROME

Italy’s capital city is a cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display.

LOVE LETTERS
BARBAROS ALTUĞ

It is impossible not to get emotional when reading the letter, writer Barbaros Altuğ’s wrote to his childhood.

SENSES
SEREN KÖROĞLU

Seren Köroğlu is a creative director from the advertising world. His clear and at the same time witty answers to our questions are enjoyable.

CITIZENS
ECE YÖRENÇ

Scriptwriter Ece Yörenç has somehow touched the hearts of each of us through her Tv series Yaprak Dökümü, Aşk-ı Memnu and Kuzey Güney.