Haro Cumbusyan (Turkey), currently based in Zurich, is a social entrepreneur and a collector of media art. He is the Founding Director of collectorspace, a nonprofit organisation that through its exhibition program, off-site events, and publications, aims to open up private collections to public view as well as to critical review. By exhibiting significant artworks in its storefront location at the edge of Taksim Square in Istanbul, collectorspace seeks to engage the general public on issues that motivate contemporary artists while creating reference points for next generations of collectors regarding their role in supporting knowledge production.
Haro is also the founder of EK BİÇ YE İÇ (Sow’n Mow, Eat’n Drink), a social enterprise with the mission of exploring options for a healthy, pleasant, and sustainable life in big cities. Developing urban farms in and around Istanbul, operating soup & salad bars that use locally grown organic produce, and providing workshops on permaculture and sustainability, EK BİÇ YE İÇ seeks to build a community of people who are committed to becoming net producers rather than living on as typical urban consumers of world’s resources.
Haro serves on the Board of Directors of Protocinema, New York/Istanbul; and is a former Board Member of Studio Voltaire, London; is a member of New York MoMA’s Acquisition Committee of Media and Performance Art; and sits on the Selection Committee of LOOP, Barcelona.
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