Fikriye Selen-Okatan joins Protocinema as Executive Director of Development and Communications


Fikriye Selen-Okatan and Mari Spirito, Istanbul, 2018, photo by Melih Aydemir.

Protocinema is pleased to announce the appointment of Fikriye as Executive Director of Development and Communications, based in New York City. Fikriye joined Protocinema in July and will focus on business development, fundraising and marketing communications. 
Fikriye is an international marketing and business development executive with 17 years of experience working on the intersection of art, design and commerce for premier organizations such as Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art and Royal Copenhagen among others. 

Fikriye served at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art auction house as VP of Global Marketing. She was instrumental supporting the specialist department in refining brand identity, building new revenue streams, such as private sales, e-commerce and creating proposals and marketing plans to win some of the most competitive and disruptive art world deals in art market history. In addition to her role as Head of Marketing Fikriye also identified and leveraged strategic partnerships with key cultural and philanthropic organizations, luxury brands, art collectors, celebrities and leading contemporary artists.
Fikriye brings a rare mix of creative talent, analytical skills, passion for the contemporary art and an international background merging Turkish-German and American culture. Building upon Protocinema's success, Fikriye will foster relationships with the organizations supporters and develop marketing and business development programs to support the organization in its growth phase. 


September 28, Istanbul


Joel Yoss, Artistic Director of Proyecto AMIL, Lima
at Protocinema, Istanbul
September 29


Videos by: Andreas Angelidakis and Angelo Plessas (Greece), Ali Kazma (Turkey) Lara Ögel (Turkey) , Rania Stephan (Labanon) and Hasan Özgür Top (Turkey), at and in collaboration with the Swiss Institute,
November 14, New York


Protocinema is an itinerant art organization realizing site-aware exhibitions in different spaces and places. We produce context-specific projects of the highest artistic quality that are accessible to everyone. Through our public programming, Protocinema evokes empathy towards understanding of difference, across regions. Founded by Mari Spirito in 2011, Protocinema is free of 'brick and mortar', sites vary to respond both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground.
Protocinema gratefully thanks our granting foundations, including:
Henry Moore Foundation, London; SAHA, Istanbul; Mondriaan Fund, Netherlands; Italian Cultural Institute, Istanbul; Cowles Charitable Trust, New York; Pro Helvetia, Istanbul; Institut Français, Istanbul; Moon and Stars Project Grants of American Turkish Society, New York; NEARCH project, supported by the European Commission, Asia Cultural Council, New York, SPOT Contemporary Art Projects.
For more information please contact:
Mari Spirito
Executive Director and Curator
+1917 660 7332, +90541 468 02 14

Fikriye Selen-Okatan
Executive Director of Development and Communications