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Murat, Haldun and Megi

It is a rare occasion for me to meet up with friends. The horrifying traffic of Istanbul, compounded by the fact that I work 60 km's outside of the city and am usually totally exhausted by the time I make it back home; not to mention, of course, the virtual side of my existence, which these days is most definitely the more cherished one, seem to keep me homebound. So, this is a special evening with good and old friends.


Murat, on the left, and I have been friends for 35 years, we actually went to the same art school and have been very close friends ever since although we don't meet as often as we would like these days - both of us having very hectic schedules. He is someone that I trust implicitly - for integrity, good judgment, candor and discretion. Haldun, center, is member of a rare breed indeed: An art gallery owner/director with integrity! Galeri Nev, is renowned not only for the quality of the work it shows but also for how Haldun will stick by his artists through thick and thin. I, too, have been part of his stable in the past, before virtuality got the better of me. Megi, on the right, is Haldun's wife, who is every bit as crucial to Galeri Nev as Haldun is and a very good friend in her own right. The only thing visible of me is my knee btw...


All three possess a quality which for me seems to be "sine qua non", when it comes to friendships: They are very very funny! So, the long evening is, at times, quite riotous...

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Uploaded on January 22, 2008