Gayane Avetissian
Roman Kakoyan
Harut Mnatsakanyan
Arthur Tonakanyan

September 8 – October 23, 2022

The concepts of “inside” and “outside” have developed over time, appearing especially in the early times when humanity adopted a sedentary life, along with the need to feel safe and the instinct of protection. In these early times, when life was simpler, we desired sheltered spaces, that is, being indoors, in order to stay away from the dangers outside, while the negativities caused by the increasing population (unhealthy environments, criminal dangers, turmoil and incompatibility), especially with the development of urban culture, confronted us with the possibility of a better and safer life outside.

At the point we have come to, today’s understanding of space points to a fluid space that is homogeneous, impermeable, with coordinates constantly “in between” rather than defined and fixed, multi-layered, transitional, where new gapes are opened at any moment and the inside and outside transpire into one another. The concepts of “inside”, which we consider safe, and “outside”, which we believe to represent all other unsafe areas, often turn into one another depending on time and conditions. Galeri 77 invites us in search of a “safe space” to question this ambiguous and fluid situation, to read and make sense of the works of the newly represented artists Gayane Avetissian, Roman Kakoyan, Harut Mnatsakanyan and Arthur Tonakanyan.

With the innovative and fresh perspective of four talented young artists whose works were exhibited for the first time in Turkey this year, the exhibition titled “Inside and Outside”, which will continue until October 23, at the venue of Galeri 77 in Karaköy, confronts us with the fact that our search for a safe space can be found in both the inside and outside spaces depending on time and conditions we’re in. We can capture this space within ourselves/our bodies, as in Gayane Avetissian’s works, in intermediate solutions where the outside is accepted in a controlled way, as in Roman Kakoyan’s works, completely cut off from the outside, as in Harut Mnatsakanyan’s works, in impervious isolated interiors, or in rural areas that we consider completely safe, as in the works of Arthur Tonakanian, or in the more hybrid imagination where the parts of the outside that make us feel good are carried inside. Part of the Parallel Events of the Istanbul Biennial, which is considered the most important international art event in Turkey and will hold its seventeenth edition this year, the exhibition can be visited by all art enthusiasts at Galeri 77’s venue in Karaköy.


  • Hacımimi Mah. Necatibey Cad. Sakızcılar Sok. No: 1/E Karaköy Beyoğlu, İstanbul
  • Opening → September 8 – October 23, 2022
  • Visiting Hours → Sunday to Saturday, 10:00-18:00
  • Organizer Buğra Uzunçelebi

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