The Characters of Yusuf Franko: An Ottoman Bureaucrat's Caricatures

Yusuf Franko in Ankara

ANAMED's popular exhibition from 2017 will be opened in Ankara on November 23rd, 2018. The caricature album of Yusuf Franko Kusa Bey, the late nineteenth-century Ottoman bureaucrat, minister of foreign affairs, governor general, and man of society, who was also a playful caricaturist, was exhibited for the first time at the ANAMED Gallery. Through the exhibited caricatures, the visitors met satirically charged portraits of wealthy capitalists, members of high society, Ottoman soldiers, Levantines, artists, and diplomats of the late nineteenth century.

Until 25 January 2019, the exhibition will offer Ankara residents the opportunity to observe these colorful social networks of Beyoğlu / Pera district of Istanbul, to which Yusuf Franko himself belonged. Marking 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the exhibition has traveled to Ankara under the framework of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and was prepared in collaboration with ANAMED, the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, and the Çankaya Municipality.