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Developing Art Journalism and Criticism from the Local

December 2022 - November 2023

The project of Developing Art Journalism and Criticism from the Local aims to make the productions of local art communities visible through news, conversation and criticism. 30% of the project will consist of community-based art projects in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir and 70% of productions outside these cities. At the same time, the project aims to break the Istanbul-based media approach by commissioning content to art reporters and critics in the region to develop art journalism and criticism from the local. As the output of the project, 25 copyrighted content and 15 Argonauts Library content will be published throughout a period of 1 year, and editorial support will be provided to reporters and authors throughout the project. The long-term goal of the project is to help reporters and writers who can produce content from their own cities contribute regularly to both Argonotlar and other publications.


Argonotlar is an online platform that deals with today's artistic debates, especially contemporary art.

Argonotlar (Argonauts), which started broadcasting in 2020 to become an independent and diverse contemporary art platform, cares about keeping in touch with its readers and exchanging views while producing content on contemporary art discussions. Argonauts, who see art production and exhibitions as a cultural and social discussion ground, also aim to be an up-to-date resource.

The platform is named after the novel Argonauts that marks the transformation of motherhood, parenthood, commonality, language and love by Maggie Nelson and asks the questions directed by the author for art this time: Do we really need a shell, an identity? Even so, is it possible to identify oneself with an identity?

This page is published on 19 January 2023.