June

Turkish Pavilion in Venice

on Friday, 14 June 2013. Posted in Art News, ---2013---, June

Related Article: Art World solidarizes with protests in Turkey


Since 1991 Turkey is participating in the Venice Biennale, organising different exhibitions and installations exhibited in different spaces of the Biennale as co-lateral events. The first Pavilion of Turkey was inaugurated in 2003 with the exhibition "in Limbo" showing work by Gül Ilgaz, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Neriman Polat, Nazif Topçuoğlu and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The exhibition was curated and commissioned by Beral Madra.

Since 2007, the Pavilion of Turkey is located in the Artiglierie building of the Arsenale and is organised by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), supported by a main sponsor institution with the contribution of the Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry. In 2011 FIAT supported the Pavilion of Turkey as the sponsor, which will continue in 2013.

The Committee for the 2013 Pavilion consisted of Adriano Pedrosa (curator, editor, writer), Cengiz Çekil (artist), Cristiana Perrella (curator), Esra Aysun (cultural operator) and Mine Haydaroğlu (editor-in-chief). Emre Baykal was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale in 2013.

In his multi-channel video installation titled “Resistance”, Ali Kazma explores the interventions and strategies that both release the body from its own restrictions and restrict it in order to control it. As an extensive survey on the contemporary discourses, techniques and management tactics developed for the human body, “Resistance” is an attempt to unravel the interventions imposed and practised on the body today.

Ali Kazma, Resistance, Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013
Ali Kazma, Resistance, Exhibition View at Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013. Photo: IKSV/Roman Mensing

Ali Kazma, Resistance, Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013
Ali Kazma, Resistance, Exhibition View at Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013. Photo: IKSV/Roman Mensing

Ali Kazma, Resistance, Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013
Ali Kazma, Resistance, Exhibition View at Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013. Photo: IKSV/Roman Mensing

Ali Kazma, Resistance, Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013
Ali Kazma, Resistance, Exhibition View at Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2013. Photo: IKSV/Roman Mensing

Turkey at Basel Art Week

on Friday, 14 June 2013. Posted in June

Related Article: Hot Spot Istanbul at Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich


Starting from 10 June 2013 Basel Art Week transformed the Swiss capital into an art venue itself, hosting several art fairs at once. As part of Liste 18, Istanbul based gallery NON represented Meriç Algün Ringborg with works such as „The Concise Book of Visa Application Forms,“ an encyclopedia-like book consisting of all the visa application forms in the world or „Becoming European,“ which displays the dates and ways the artist has resided within the EU in the past 4,5 years and disappeared when beyond their territory, mimicking the manner the Migration Office records her stay. Rodeo gallery showed works by British artist Ian Law and Greek Eftihis Patsourakis at Liste 18. Cevdet Erek was on display with Mor Charpentier at Liste 18.

Being the only Turkish gallery represented at the main fair Art Basel, Dirimart showed works by Yüksel Arslan, who is also part of the main exhibition The Encyclopedic Palace at the Venice Biennial 2013. We also spotted beautiful pieces by Sarkis at Paris based gallery Nathalie Obadia at the Art Basel show. Kutluğ Ataman's video installation "99 Names" was part of the "Unlimited" exhibition in the new Herzog & De Meuron extension of the fair building at Messeplatz in Basel.

Meriç Algün Ringborg at NON booth, Liste 18, 2013

Meriç Algün Ringborg, „The Concise Book of Visa Application Forms,“ 2009, at NON booth, Liste 18, 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Meriç Algün Ringborg at NON booth, Liste 18, 2013

Exhibition View: Meriç Algün Ringborg, NON booth, Liste 18, 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Ian Law and Eftihis Patsourakis at Rodeo booth at Liste 18, 2013
Exhibition View: Ian Law and Eftihis Patsourakis at Rodeo booth at Liste 18, 2013 Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Cevdet Erek, Mor Charpentier booth at Liste 18
Exhibition View: Cevdet Erek, Mor Charpentier booth at Liste 18, 2013 Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Yüksel Arslan, Dirimart booth at Art Basel 2013.
Exhibition View: Yüksel Arslan, Dirimart booth at Art Basel 2013. Photo: Dirimart

Sarkis, Nathalie Obadia booth at Art Basel 2013.
Exhibition View: Sarkis at Nathalie Obadia booth at Art Basel 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Kutluğ Ataman, 99 Names, 2002. Unlimited/Art Basel 2013

Kutluğ Ataman, 99 Names, 2002. Unlimited/Art Basel 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

Hot Spot Istanbul at Haus Konstrukiv in Zurich

on Saturday, 08 June 2013. Posted in Art News, ---2013---, June

Related Article: Turkey at Basel Art Week


From 6 June until 22 September 2013 Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich hosts the first comprehensive exhibition of Turkish abstract, concrete, conceptual and contemporary art in Switzerland titled Hot Spot Istanbul, showing works from over sixty years by more than 80 works of 21 artists. The show was curated by Dorothea Strauss in collaboration with Tankut Aykut from Istanbul based gallery Dirimart.

The project's starting point is the development of Turkish abstract concrete painting since the end of the 1940s and the impact that it has had on a young generation of artists who are active all around the world.

Can Altay was invited to design the entrance hall and created a walk-through sculpture titled “It’s not Istanbul, it’s you.” A special place of reflection, research and encounters emerges. It is a mental echo chamber, which accompanies all other sections.

Can Altay
Can Altay, Entrance Hall Installation View. Photo: Haus Konstruktiv/eddymotion

Can Altay
Can Altay, Entrance Hall Installation View. Photo: Haus Konstruktiv/eddymotion

There are two solo exhibitions by Ebru Uygun (*1974) and Ekrem Yalçındağ (*1964) on the second floor and in the smaller hall on the fourth floor. The large hall on the fourth floor, focuses on conceptual art, with artists such as Serhat Kiraz (*1954), Renée Levi (*1960), Ahmet Öktem (*1951), Sarkis (*1938), Nejat Satı (1982), Arslan Sükan (*1973) and Erdem Taşdelen (*1985). The fifth floor shows four historically significant artists: Nejad Melih Devrim (1923-1995), Mübin Orhon (1924-1981), Ömer Uluç (1931-2010) and Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991), all pioneers of post-1945 Turkish art.

Hot Spot Istanbul - Exhibition View. Arslan Sükan
Hot Spot Istanbul - Exhibition View. Works by Arslan Sükan, 2013. Photo: Haus Konstruktiv/Stefan Altenburger

Can Altay
Hot Spot Istanbul - Exhibition View. Left: Nejat Satı, Untitled, 2013. Right: Sarkis, Video Work, 1998. Photo: Haus Konstruktiv/Stefan Altenburger

Together with Hot Spot Istanbul, works by the “Zurich Concretists” from the in-house collection such as Max Bill (1908-1994), Fritz Glarner (1899-1972), Camille Graeser (1892-1980), Hans Hinterreiter (1902-1989), Verena Loewensberg (1912-1986) and Richard Paul Lohse (1902-1988) are on display.

Art World Solidarizes with protests in Turkey

on Friday, 07 June 2013. Posted in June

Related Article: Turkish Pavilion in Venice - Ali Kazma


During the protests that have been taking place in Istanbul since 31 May 2013 many of Turkey’s prominent art venues have cancelled events, openings and postponed exhibitions in support of the demonstrations. A lot of art institutions supported the demonstrations and many artists have declared their solidarity with the protesters.

The heart of Istanbul’s art scene, the district Beyoğlu, was the centre of the protests against the demolition of the area’s last remaining park, demanding a more democratic approach to governance Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Numerous artists have been demonstrating on the streets for these aims and culture and arts institutions have opened their doors to injured demonstrators. Most of the area’s cultural venues are closed, with their employees either working from home or on the streets themselves.

A group of cinema and theater artists including Halit Ergenç, Ozan Güven, Ülkü Duru, Onur Saylak, Tuba Büyüküstün, Dolunay Soysert, Can Bonomo, Rıza Kocaoğlu, Özgür Çevik and İştar Gökseven said in a statement that they were supporting the people in the park by joining them because they wanted an end to the violence they said police were exerting in Taksim and other cities across the country. The artists also expressed concern about projects initiated by Turkish authorities without any debate, especially those ones concerning the culture and arts. However, they put their primary emphasis on the fact that the protests are not involved in any specific ideology or political party, saying that they themselves were also representing the conscience of everyone in the country.

On 1st June, curators and artists attending the opening day of this year’s Venice Biennale, many of them Turkish, organized a solidarity protest at the city’s Piazza San Marco. Some of the participants in the Venice protest included artist Ali Kazma, the artist representing Turkey it the country’s pavilion, curator Emre Baykal, SALT curator Duygu Demir, Istanbul Biennial curator Fulya Erdemci, Witte de With director Defne Ayas, and others. Strikingly, the theme of Kazma’s project for the Turkish pavilion is „Resistance.“

Occupy Gezi Protests at Piazza San Marco, Venice
View of the Gezi Protests at Piazza San Marco, Venice, 2013. Photo: Defne Ayas

Occupy Gezi Protests at Piazza San Marco, Venice
View of the Gezi Protests at Piazza San Marco, Venice, 2013. Photo: Defne Ayas

Occupy Gezi Protests at Piazza San Marco, Venice
View of the Occupy Gezi Protests at Piazza San Marco, Venice, 2013. Photo: Defne Ayas