La Macina di San Cresci



“Artists are interesting creatures. We can be obsessive, dedicated, spirited and single minded in our pursuit for that perfect realisation of our art. We tend to be outsiders and are often that square peg in the round hole, so when you find an oasis like San Cresci you hold on tight -- for it’s that sense of belonging which welcomes you.”
Rebecca Rath , Australia

Discipline: Writer, Curator
Country: USA
At La Macina: 2022, 2023

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Pinar Goodstone relocated to New York City permanently in 2014, having lived on and off since 1998 in the United States, as well as in Paris and Rio de Janeiro. Pinar’s passion for culture, music and dance has transported her across physical and philosophical borders and provided her with a vast and varied global background in the arts, from research to performance and creative production.

In New York, Pinar has worked as an artist liaison for organizations including Soundscape and The Jewish Museum. Working with entertainment law firms, she helped secure entry and residence in the U.S. for internationally acclaimed artists and talent. As an Artistic Director, Pinar produced the world premiere of composer Ertugrul Oguz Firat's composition “Reality, Symbol, Game”, and negotiated a recording deal for Ertugrul with AK Records.

A desire for more creative freedom led Pinar to establish her own arts consultancy company. In this capacity, she has worked on a range of international projects, from the design and implementation of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC)’s Montreal conference to the relocation of an Automobile and Fashion Museum of Malaga, Spain. In addition, she handled all aspects of development and execution of the Moonrise at Sunset Music festival in Bodrum, Turkey. Through her consulting practice, Pinar continues to manage and produce domestic and global artistic events currently working on curating a group exhibition in New York City and a solo show for a Peruvian graffiti artist in Istanbul.

While working on her graduate and post-graduate studies, Pinar lived in Brazil and immersed herself in the rich music and dance culture of Rio de Janeiro. She performed in the Rio de Janiero Carnival and went on to form the first all-female samba percussion collective with the Museu Histórico Nacional. The collective “Mulheres do Samba” performed at various carnival venues, including the world-renowned Caetano Veloso Theater. Upon finishing her doctoral work, Pinar presented her academic research that approaches Carnival as a political instrument investigating nationality and poetics in a community of samba schools as they pertain to dance in conferences in Istanbul, Australia, Hawaii, the Netherlands, and Romania.

Pinar earned a B.A. in American Culture and Literature with a focus on African American Literature and Critical Theory at Bilkent University Ankara. She earned a M.A. in Ethnomusicology in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology focusing on Critical Theory; Dance Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Literary Theory in 2012, at MIAM Center for Advanced Music Studies, Istanbul Technical University. She is a recipient of the Wertheim Study Fellowship Award, New York Public Library 2010. She speaks fluent Turkish and English, proficient Portuguese and conversational French, and has an uncanny ability to connect the ideal people with the right enterprise.

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