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Independent art space:
need or trend?

A research in the terminology of "independent" art spaces
by Elif Bursalı and Zeynep Okyay


The common terminology of non-profit organizations such as "alternative art space", "independent art space", "artist initiative", “artists run spaces", is based on the concept of “independence". On the other hand, it has also been seen that “independent” is often used by commercial organizations or arts organizations that are financed by corporate structures and enterprises. So "independent art field" is it really independent? What is meant by independence? What are the boundaries of independence? Is the term a necessity for defining organizations themselves, or is it just a trend?

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