A graduate of contemporary literature from the universities of York and Oxford, Sarah Jilani is a freelance Arts/Film writer and painter who is currently based in Istanbul

The opening reception at the 15th Istanbul Biennial

The paradoxical position of the Istanbul Biennial

Turkey has had a turbulent couple of years, but members of the country’s artistic community remain optimistic

13 Sep 2017
Portrait of Charles Gravier Count of Vergennes and French Ambassador, in Turkish Attire (detail; second half of the 18th century), Antoine de Favray

A picture of past diplomacy in Istanbul’s Pera Museum

Charting the Ottoman Empire’s international relations through art, this exhibition reminds us that Turkey was once a thriving region for statesmen and artists alike

26 Jan 2017
A pro-AKP rally in Istanbul, Turkey, after the failed coup attempt of 15 July 2016.

Turkey’s art scene was booming. Now, it’s braced for trouble

Turkey’s art scene has been growing for years, but has struggled in the wake of the failed coup attempt of 15 July and subsequent government crackdowns

28 Oct 2016

Review: Witches and Wicked Bodies at the British Museum

Nothing stirs the anxieties of Western civilisation like the unnaturally powerful female…

31 Oct 2014

Capturing a Capital

James Robertson’s haunting 19th-century photographs are currently on display in Istanbul, the city that inspired them

23 Jan 2014