What is a fanzine? A fanzine is a revolt, a rebellion, and not subject to any rules. Fanzine means making a photocopy. It means presenting the issues at hand to the readers despite limited means. Curated by Umut Altıntaş and taking place in Hayy Open Space, exhibition F takes its name from the initials of ‘fotokopi’ (photocopy) and ‘fanzine’. Engaging 21 artists from diverse disciplines and cities: Ankara, Eskişehir, İzmir, Istanbul, Indianapolis and Porto, F focuses on the intellectual and technical aspects of fanzines. Within the scope of the project, the artists abide by the limits of the A5, A4 and A3 dimensions, remain within the limited capabilities of the photocopier and question concepts such as originality, copying, reproduction, distribution and format. Each artist, while involving their own professional practices, takes part in the exhibition with their own photocopy work. These experiments, which can be defined as a conceptual representation of the fanzine culture, are turned into an original publication: F. The first exhibition of F in Izmir consists of the works of Yunus Ak, Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu, Cenkhan Aksoy, Gizem Hız Altıntaş, Umut Altıntaş, Özgür Demirci, Orkun Destici, Canan Erbil, Borga Kantürk, Okay Karadayılar, Ezgi Ceren Kayırıcı, Melike Koçak, Toros Mutlu, Aslı Narin, Metehan Özcan, Sarp Sözdinler, Melike Taşcıoğlu, Kusay Tatlı, Berkay Tuncay, Merve Ünsal and Erdem Varol.
The project’s exhibitions will be accompanied by interviews and workshops, and, with the participation of new artists, will continue in Ankara, Istanbul and Diyarbakır after İzmir. Additionally, the artists will take part in the archives of institutions and libraries interested in the publication which will be sold or distributed within the permits of the artists.