torna is a project space for contemporary art and a bookshop for artists' publication, founded by Merve Kaptan in 2011. It is currently concentrating on online and off-site projects and collaborations and was previously on location in Istanbul.

Starting in the summer of 2023 torna's new location will be in an old village house in İznik, Turkey, where torna will be hosting a new artist residency and launching a new project torna small. You can find out more about it HERE.

torna has always been very interested in spaces, be it a room, a house or a page. The projects that happen at torna rely on the limitations of these spaces. We are usually not interested in the white-cube-gallery-space methods.

We encourage the possibilities of art thinking, art production and sharing in collaborative yet independent ways of working. torna is especially interested in artists who use writing and printed matter as part of their practice.

torna is also the Istanbul home to folio magazine.

torna means lathe in Turkish.