PIRI REIS PROJECT This Project is inspired by UNESCO announced the year of 2013 as the year of Ottoman Captain and Mapmaker Piri Reis by referring to the 500th anniversary of his famous World Map.
Piri Reis, is a worldwide known cartographer and Ottoman admiral and 2013 marks the 500 anniversary of his most famous work, the world map. Thus UNESCO deemed 2013 as 'Piri Reis year'. An exhibition of all his maps, including this infamous one, took place in Istanbul, Turkey back in May. That is when the project caught our attention. His maps span the whole Mediterranean area and there are wonderful pieces, more artwork than map. So we decided to have these maps interpreted on ceramics, as art objects and we want to have artists from the region he mapped, which includes Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Labia, Algeria, Egypt and Turkey.
You can learn more about him and see his work at the links below. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piri_Reis