Exhibition sheds light on street dogs of Istanbul

04/11/2016 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The new exhibition at the Istanbul Research Institute, “The Four-Legged Municipality: Street Dogs of Istanbul,” sheds light on the ancient city’s street dogs, which have been an integral part of daily life in Istanbul over centuries of political, religious, and sociological upheaval. The exhibition, curated by Ekrem Işın with advisor Catherine Pinguet, follows the history of Istanbul’s dogs, which have been a constant in the city’s social life over many generations. This show retraces this history through photographs, travel journals, postcards, magazines and engravings from the 19th to the early 20th centuries. Street animals continue to be a key characteristic of Istanbul, and project advisor Pinguet said they should be taken seriously as a cultural phenomenon.  “Some people ask: Why should there be so much care and consideration for an animal? That is a never-ending reproach directed at those who take the animal issue seriously. It is a commonplace question that friends and protectors of street dogs in Istanbul know only too well,” she said…




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