Canan Tolon was born in Istanbul in 1955. She studied architecture and design at Middlesex University and at the University of California, Berkeley, before she pursued a career in visual arts. One of Turkey’s most celebrated artists, she is known for dramatic architectural compositions and installations, very different in style from ‘Futur Imparfait’ shown here. This series of ink washes and drawings was published in a book she wrote in French inspired by her experiences and her childhood memories; Canan Tolon contracted polio shortly after her birth and spent her childhood in a hospital for disabled children in France, totally unaware of the world beyond its walls.

This is one drawing from a series of 33.


  • Title: Futur Imparfait
  • Creator: Canan Tolon
  • Date Created: 1986/1999
  • Physical Dimensions: 14 x 11 cm
  • Medium: Ink and graphite on Mylar
  • Copyright: Reproduced by kind permission of the artist. Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum website: 2013,6039.1.1-33

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