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As an independent and itinerant organization since 2011, Protocinema is able to remain adaptable and commission context-specific work that is deeply responsive to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground. This means that we rely on your support now more than ever.

With the generous contributions of our friends, patrons and sponsors, Protocinema is committed to supporting artists in long-lead research and production, mentoring emerging curators and developing programming that promote empathy, understanding, and innovation, which also reflect our core Values.

Protocinema is a legally registered non-profit in the United States operating internationally.
501(c)(3) EIN Registration number 46-1366509
Registered Charitable Organization CHAR500 number 48-38-81

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We welcome donations of any size, each of which are vital in enabling us to carry out our Mission. All gifts go directly towards producing new artworks, and supporting our team and artistic communities.

Protocinema thanks all foundations that have supported us:

United States Mission, Turkey; Polat Piyalepaşa Çarşı, Istanbul; Umur Printing, İstanbul; The Foundation for Art Initiative (FfAI); American Chai Trust, New York; Hagop Kevorkian Center NYU, New York; Moon and Stars Project, American Turkish Society, New York; The Cowles Charitable Trust, New Jersey; Graham Foundation, Chicago; The Henry Moore Foundation, London; Mondriaan Foundation, Netherlands; Alserkal Arts Foundation, Dubai; NEARCH Project, supported by the European Commission; Pro Helvetia; Swiss Art Council, Zurich; Goethe Institut, Bangkok; Art Council Korea, Seoul; SAHA Association, Istanbul; SPOT Contemporary Art Projects, Istanbul; United States Cultural Consulate in Istanbul; Institut Français de Turquie, Istanbul; Consulate General of the Netherlands, Istanbul; Italian Cultural Institute, Istanbul; Embassy of Mexico in Turkey, Istanbul.

Jane Lombard

Jane Lombard
Protocinema Board of Trustees Member, Patron, Gallerist

“I have long been interested in Protocinema’s work of grass roots cross-cultural exchange. I have seen first hand the good it can do when you present “foreign” ideas and issues to people through art. Protocinema is an itinerant art organization that connects us to each other, to shed light on different situations, in New York, Istanbul, Puerto Rico, Bangkok, to name a few. I agreed to serve on the board because Protocinema does what I believe in. Art is a medium to bring people together to better understand the issues of today.”

Laura Raicovich
Curator, Protodispatch, 2022

‘‘Protocinema is a dream! I am awed by their commitment to centering the ideas of the MOST fascinating artists on the urgencies and poetics of the current moment, from all over the planet. Important exhibitions and our new project, PROTODISPATCH materialize this approach. In our ever-more inter-reliant world, the connection between thoughtfully local and transcontinental realities requires the most radical artistic thinking and it has been an enormous privilege to contribute to Protocinema’s groundbreaking work on this front.’’

Lila Nazemian
Protocinema Emerging Curator in 2022

‘‘Working with Protocinema was important to me because I was supported to grow in the process of making my exhibition. It was very hands-on. I was able to develop intellectual and practical tools while expanding my professional relationships. This happened through intimate conversations with my mentors who are all experienced curators; they introduced to me different perspectives and different ways of approaching this work. I have become a more confident curator in this process, for which I am grateful.’’

Onur Karaoğlu,
Artist, İstanbul, Running In Place, 2022

''Through the entire process, Protocinema gave tireless intellectual and emotional support for the development of my work. Our collaboration helped me to find new dimensions for my work over the time we worked together. And this made me realize that actually, we are together looking for the same thing: in unknown territories something inspiring.’’