212 – a new international biannual magazine from Istanbul.

We are delighted to announce that the first issue of our new biannual magazine, 212, is now out in stores worldwide.

212 is based out of Istanbul and published and distributed internationally. It contains short fiction and long-form reportage; distinctive photo essays and revealing interviews. Even though it was born in the city where East meets West (as the love-worn cliche goes), the magazine seeks to transcend the loaded dichotomies of Istanbul’s favourite metaphor, and extends its gaze far beyond the region.

The name “212” comes from the area code for Istanbul, but it also happens to be the area code for New York – a piece of misdirection that’s characteristic of the magazine’s ethos: as soon as you try too hard to close in on your subject it has a habit of defying you. Rather than pigeonholing ideas into narrow parameters, 212’s contributors trace connections that will surprise and delight.

Each issue is centred around a loose theme; the first is Strange Days, which explores the contradictions and juxtapositions that characterise modern life. 212 aims to be as challenging as it is influential – to provide an inclusive space for ideas and perspectives to mix without prejudice and better interrogate social, artistic and cultural phenomena from the region and around the world.

You can find more details and a list of our outlets – or pick up your copy in either Turkish or English – online at www.212magazine.com. Issue Two will be out in the Autumn.

Publisher: Handan Yılmaz
Creative Director: İlkay Gürpınar
Editor-In-Chief: Heval Okçuoğlu
Deputy Editor: Tobias Garnett