Garip Ay, ebru artist from Istanbul, Turkey. Photography © G. Ay

1.In your opinion what is the role of a museum?

It may be strange to say this, but the feelings I have for museums sometimes evoke me the feelings I feel in the cemeteries. For example, I remember many times when my eyes were filled with tears in some of the museums that I went to. Because when I face the work of people I know a lot about their lives, it takes me to those moments as if I was watching the memories of my relatives or childhood friends who are no longer alive.

At this point, we can say that museums eliminate time and places and help humanity meet on common ground. In a way, it creates a bridge between the past and the moment and at the same time determines the consciousness of being at the point where the values and the individual exist.

2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?

This one’s really hard to decide. Just from my memories, I can now say which ones I have an emotional bond with.