official name SALT, Istanbul and Ankara
founding date 2011
city, country Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey
address Bankalar Cd. No:11, Karaköy, Istanbul, Turkey
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SALT is a not-for-profit cultural institution in public service, engaging in research, exhibitions, publications, web projects, conferences, and other public programmes in Istanbul, Turkey. It was founded as a post-departmentalised institution, which does not prioritise any period, discipline or object-based practice. The aim is to channel objects and materials into a broader discussion. Through SALT Research, which comprises a specialised library and an open-access online archive, the institution collects sources of material culture in visual practices, built environment, social life and economic history.


SALT is spread across two venues in Istanbul, SALT Galata – a concentrated learning space with library, workshops and auditorium – and SALT Beyoğlu – a dynamic programme space for exhibitions, screenings and talks. The institution works with a drive towards co-learning and sharing resources with individuals, collectives, universities, and NGOs seeking a space of production, which thus enables it to engage with users who range from individuals to constituents from diverse fields of knowledge.