ABOUT7 HILLSFOUNDATIONThe 7 Hills Foundation thinks out of the box and out of the existing language that still is custom to the art field. Since globalization has great effects (mainly positive) on contemporary art, it is our main goal to create a visual language that can be understood by both West and East, a language that’s as global and universal as contemporary art itself is. Reaching these goal means that we can give people the necessary tools and context to read and understand Eastern art just as we understand Western art (and vice versa). Art is borderless. And that is our motto creating new concepts that prioritizes creating common grounds rather than differences.
We believe that in the past ten years there have been many attempts to create a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures. Unfortunately many of these examples created only more distance between the poles by emphasizing on the differences rather than to create common ground. We use this bridge as a representation of connection and communication in public, networking opportunities and producing contemporary art from many disciplines. By creating projects that can reflect on contemporary art regardless of where it is coming from. Within a time where we discuss more geography than people involved, we are hoping to be inspiration to all to question more and empathize with the other.
IPEK M. SUR
After many years of studying different mediums of art such as classical ballet, music, graphic design and finally photography in both Marmara Art Faculty and the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts, Ipek M. Sur carried on with her master degree on Curatorial and Artistic theory. Since she was a student Sur has been working as a fine arts curator, mediator and artist. With her passion for concepts like identity, diversity, transformation, human rights and post-migration, she has managed to produce many challenging projects as a curator, such as the first one “EMOTIONS” which exhibited 27 artists from different backgrounds, cultures and religions in Israel, Holland and Turkey, 'Cha Cha Cha Changes' in Rotterdam at MAMA Gallery, LiteSide Festival Amsterdam in 2009 and 2010, 'Sublime Porte' 2011, ‘My Child’ 2013 in Amsterdam. Under the name of the 7Hills Foundation (of which she is founder and co-director) she co-created the Amsterdam Turkish Film Festival in 2009 till 2012. She is currently working as curator, creative producer, artistic advisor and an artist.
After a broad education in Film, Media and Visual Culture Martha has worked for the last 7 year as a project manager, concept developer and creative producer for diverse institutions, from cultural enterprises, to municipalities to individual artists.
Her professional and personal interests go towards harvesting the potential of the arts and culture to widen perspectives and creating a diverse society grounded on dialogue and connection.
Martha has been an integral part of 7 Hills Foundation since it’s establishment in 2009.