Opening of contemporary art venues such as Aksanat, Borusan Sanat, Karşı Sanat in the 1990s supported the development of the Turkish contemporary art field. The biggest organization of the art environment in these years is undoubtedly Young Events. In 1995, President of the International Plastic Arts Association, Hüsamettin Koçan brings up a new project for the young artists of the period. This project will be open to all young artists and they will be able to exhibit their work as desired. The period is also the years in which subjects such as identity or ethnic identity, borders are examined. In this framework, the Association organized “Borders and Beyond” as the concept of Young Event 1, “Deterritorialization” in Young Event 2, “Chaos” in Young Event 3 and Young Event 4 without concepts. After a quiet break from 1998 to 2011, Young Events started again in 2011. However, this time it is not open to the participation of every artist. The artists will be determined by a jury. Young Event 8 was last done in 2019 under the name “Homo Historicus-Homo Projectus”. Young Events in the 1990s were made to provide an environment for the young artists of the period, who had difficulties in finding a gallery to open an exhibition, to encourage production freely because it was unselected, and to make them visible. As a result, many artists who opened exhibitions at the Young Events in the 1990s became visible. It has been observed that the artists participating in the Young Events in 2010 in terms of changing socio-cultural conditions and technology did not activate a mechanism of influence as in the 1990s. In this article, Young Events held in different years will be examined and their dynamics over the years will be given comparatively.
Keywords: Young Event, contemporary art, art, International Plastic Arts Association, exhibition