where's neri
  19 Oct 2012, Friday  
LINEAPPELLE, ITALIA
The Very Best
  4 Dec 2012, Tuesday  
SANTA MARIA LIGURE
Behind The Scenes
  30 Oct 2014, Thursday  
Office Life

Would you like to peek into my office? Here are behind the scene, personal photos of my office in Istanbul. Every object that I have in here has a meaning for me: paintings and art that I bought from my travels, a Buddha statue, a ruby, a picture of me and my brother from Bulgaria and pomegranates from the tree in my garden. And of course: books.

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  24 Oct 2014, Friday  
Seeing Istanbul
Ara Guler

Meet Ara Guler , known as one of the best 7 photographers in the world, and as he likes to describe himself: a visual historian. Born in 1928, the Turkish-Armenian photojournalist, Guler, believed that photography should document the lives of people and capture the evolution of humanity and how cities transformed over time. His work documented far away lands, cities and the rich and famous such as Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock and Dustin Hoffman among others. But he is most proud of capturing his beloved city, Istanbul. He showed us the children playing in mud, the whirling dervishes permorfing their dance, as well as fishermen going out into the sea. It was not the building or the historical sites, but humanity that he was interested in.

“When I’m taking a picture of Aya Sofia, what counts is the person passing by who stands for life”

I recently had a chance to meet him at my favourite seafood restaurant on the Bosphorus, and I wanted to introduce you to him as his work and philosophy is in line with Neri Karra – to make love visible.

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  23 Oct 2014, Thursday  
Beyond the Visible and Known
Joan Miro

When in Istanbul, I visited the Joan Miro exhibition at the Sakip Sabanci Museum, a private fine arts museum with magnificent views of the Bosphorus. It is a must visit exhibition if you happen to be in Istanbul by February, 2015. Along with Picasso and Dali, Miro was a Catalan Spanish modernist who dominated the 20th century art. The exhibition titled Women, Birds, and Stars focuses mainly on the symbolism that Miro used in his art. In fact what stood out for me mainly is that he truly could see beyond an everyday object and therefore, create it into art. I felt that as he created, he also had an almost childlike curiosity and such a profound appreciation for looking and truly seeing beyond the visible, and beyond the object. He was almost like a mystic who developed his own visual and poetic vocabulary - stars and spirals, symbols of infinity and nothingness, the number 13 and 9. What I saw was the work of a great artist who had a deep and abiding love for life, which he made visible through his work. "Everything can be useful," Miró said (in 1947) of his use of ordinary objects in his work. One example for this seeing beyond the visible is his sculpture titled “Girl Escaping”, where he used a tap as the hat.

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  21 Oct 2014, Tuesday  
Love Made Visible
Amore Fatto Visibile

The ‘grandemaestro’ from our design studio in Italy visited us. He was in the Istanbul factory and he inquired about what “Love Made Visible” slogan meant in Italian. When we told him the translation, he was very moved, and indeed he said it is the most accurate description and captures what Neri Karra is about.

In Italian, it sounds even more poetic:

Amore Fatto Visibile

Here we take you on a tour of the factory, as we create love moment by moment, piece by piece, each crafted with outmost attention, each made with love.

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