Artist and Founder of arthere
OMAR BERAKDAR is Syrian photographer and artist who settled in Istanbul in 2012 after he had to leave his home country. Omar Berakdar is also the initiator of Arthere, a space in Istanbul for artistic pursuits of all kinds – and a result of his desire to provide a venue for artists who had to leave their homeland, like him. The space offers an opportunity for Syrian artists to restart their practice in Istanbul, although the space is open to artists of all nationalities, encouraging artistic exchange and a cooperative approach. Artists can join the space as members, meaning they take part in collective decisions and receive revenue from the space, and others can join the space as guests, giving their art for display and sale.