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Nesin Art Village (NAV) is an innovative art program that was launched in 2015 by the alternative education initiative developed at Nesin Mathematics Village (NMV). NMV is located at Şirince-İzmir and was established in 2007. NAV aims to maintain an approach that focuses on criticality and independent production processes. It wants to offer a learning environment for young people from around Turkey, through workshops and seminars to be carried out by artists, academicians, writers and curators.

Contemporary art in Turkey seems to have a relatively established structure now, complete with its institutions, spaces and market. However issues of art (and) education do not seem to raise much discussion or attract alternative undertakings. On the other hand, in terms of institutional curricula – mostly skill and craft oriented, strictly compartmentalized – contemporary art practices and related discourses are kept out of the scope of educational interest. NAV can be considered as an attempt to provide a modest contribution towards an alternative platform to make up for such necessity with the help of the experience built up by NMV in years.

In 2015 as the pilot run, we limited NAV with a two-week intensive program. We hope to carry this initial step into a sustainable, productive and collective learning environment and possible further steps need to be imagined and designed collaboratively in terms of content, implementation and support.