Caravansarai Collective is an independent and loose group of artists congregating around Istanbul, Turkey.

Just as the historical caravansarais hosted camel caravans along the Silk Road, we invite creative people–with or without camels–from around the globe for collaboration, experimentation, research and exchange.

Hesitant to use the dreaded word, “Collective”, Julie Upmeyer and Anne Weshinskey first started working together artistically when they opened Caravansarai Art Space in 2010 in Istanbul.

The establishment of this space brought us into contact with people all over the globe who passed through our little oasis in Karaköy. Repeat visitors to our space and events organically became part of our project, and so we started to admit the fact that in reality we would actually be defined as a “collective”. Shudder.

Even after the closure of our space, Caravansarai continues to be made up of a free-floating, international cadre of creative souls, the collective shrinks and expands according to the project. For international art fairs, competitive eating contests, residency opportunities, meatball wrestling, thematic shows, street performance, or any other inspiring event, the collective comes together as the occasion merits. But always at the center are the two of us, instigating wherever we go.

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