“Scent and the City” in Ankara

Date: 05 January 2018 – 31 March 2018 
Place: Erimtan Archaeology and Art Museum

Curator: Lauren Nicole Davis
Faculty Advisor: 
Lucienne Thys-Şenocak
Content Consultants: 
Vedat Ozan, Aybala Yentürk, Nejat Yentürk

This project was initially exhibited between 14 April – 8 June 2016 at ANAMED’s Merkez Han Gallery.

At the begining of 2018, Koç University’s Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center (VEKAM)  dedicates its new exhibition to the scents of history with the colloboration of Erimtan Archaeology and Art Museum. Exhibited in Istanbul at ANAMED for the firs time, the “Scent and the City” this time invites visitors from Ankara to use their noses to discover the worlds of the civilizations that once lived in Anatolia. More than 50 scents will be exhibited until March 31st, at the Erimtan Archaeology and Art Museum, including historically significant scents such as saffron, frankincense, and agarwood, and modern-day scents such as cologne, linden trees, and burning coal.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Lauren Nicole Davis, teaching assistant at the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University and it is designed by Cem Kozar and Işıl Ünal from PATTU Architecture. The scents of the exhibition were prepared by MG Gülçiçek International Fragrance Company. The exhibition draws from literature, rituals, traditions, and the economy to focus on scents that were prominent in Anatolia.