Karin Angele
Actress & Artist

Four weeks in Istanbul...
December 2009 & January 2010, I was walking & exploring for weeks, six to eight hours a day, by
foot Istanbul, and on the way I caught colours, shapes, odours and moods of this city with both: all
my senses and with my digital camera – on the search for motives for my paintings.
This city is a vibrant and lives from its contrasts in the extremes. Fields of tension between religious
people with their covered heads & very modern life-style as well as between rich & poor. Old ailing
facades are confronting new technology, incredible rush hours, speedy cars, rushing people, restless..
Day & night. I often experienced Turkish people as masters in improvisation, which combined with
the extreme fast pace of living does not allow any constant. Every second, differs strikingly from the
one before. This state of restless movement, I have implemented in the form of blurring, both: in
photography as well as in my paintings, unless I sensed moments of calmness. Solely those moments
were allotted clarity and sharpness.
In my works, portraits are combined with Islamic ornaments – a field of tension per se, since in the
Islam Islamic ornaments are not allowed to be shown pictorially in context with human faces. An
absolute ban. Yet, as an observer, I notice Muslims surrounded by Islamic ornaments, they move in
front of them, thus they are inevitably intertwined and are seen in context.

Istanbul in my paintings..