March

Erdal Inci at Times Square

on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , March

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Erdal İnci at Times Square
Erdal İnci, Centipedes, 2015, Ultra HD Video, installation view at 'Midnight Moment', Times Square, March 2018. Photo: Erdal İnci


Erdal İnci's HD video 'Centipedes' will be exhibited as part of 'Midnight Moment', a programme running on electronic billboards at Times Square, New York every night, until 31 March. Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. Presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and curated by Times Square Arts since 2012, it has an estimated annual viewership of 2.5 million.

Centipedes represents a departure in Inci’s work, focusing not on pre-planned movements, but on the natural, chance choreographies of life at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. In an aerial view, pedestrians and birds cross the Square according to their own particular motivations, completely unaware of the camera. The simple act of improvising a path through public space, an unconscious routine of city-dwellers and a subject of study amongst urban planners, comes into focus as each motion is cloned through temporal manipulation to repeat dozens of times. Individuals are multiplied into peculiar “centipedes” and popular paths are revealed as streams of movement. Though their paths sometimes intersect they never collide, appearing both real and surreal against the still or “photographic” background.

Erdal İnci is a multi-media artist, photographer and painter. He is primarily known as a GIF artist for an ongoing series in which he films himself performing pedestrian but whimsical actions (skipping, jumping, leaping, dramatically stumbling), often in public spaces, and almost always wearing an anonymizing black hoody. Inci edits the footage not just to loop in the full-circle fashion of any good GIF, but also to “clone” the figure within the frame, creating an endless stream of figures in a lockstep choreography. He is particularly interested in featuring busy urban public spaces - often with sociopolitical significance - because he believes they are amongst the most beautiful expressions of human achievement.

Erdal İnci at Times Square
Erdal İnci, Centipedes, 2015, Ultra HD Video

İnci’s chosen site for filming Centipedes resonates with the political life of Turkey and with the work’s exhibition in Times Square. In fact, Taksim Square is known as the “Turkish Times Square" – an iconic public space, transportation hub, tourist destination and site of annual New Year’s Eve and Pride celebrations and significant political demonstrations and incidents. The planned “Taksim Pedestrianization Project” – including the removal of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the few public green spaces in Istanbul, for the construction of military barracks and a shopping mall – sparked the broad “Occupy Gezi” movement in 2013 that led to the annulment of that plan, among other concessions from the Erdoğan administration. Centipedes documents the Square in 2015, at the center of life and debate in Istanbul.

Erdal İnci (b.1983, lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey) studied Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Hacettepe University, graduating in 2005. In 2012 he began turning his video works into GIFs posted to his blog erdalinci.tumblr.com. His GIF works have been featured in Zeit Online, CNN, Wired, The Creators Project, The Huffington Post, Canal + and Deutsche Welle. In 2016 he co-founded with Çağrı Taşkın and Serkan Kaptan the artist collective Oddviz, which focuses on the use of photogrammetry to create interactive 3D models and videos. He is also represented by Art On Gallery in Istanbul.

Istanbul Modern moves to temporary location

on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , March

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Istanbul Modern moves to contemporary location
Union Française Building, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, Istanbul, photo: www.partners.com.tr


Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art moved to its temporary space on 18 March 2018. To make way for the construction of the new museum building, they will close the doors of their current building Antrepo #4, and begin their move to the historic Union Française building in Beyoğlu. The space is expected to open to the public in May.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, Renzo Piano’s architecture firm, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, was chosen to design Istanbul Modern’s new building, which will be constructed over the next three years in the center of the Galata Port development project, a $1.2 billion initiative that aims to transform the Galata Port area into a tourist destination.

The old Union Française building on Meşrutiyet Caddesi in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district was built by Alexandre Vallauri in 1896. It was projected and built for a French colony which had become an important group in civil life in Istanbul till the end of 19th century. The building faces two roads and is located between Meşrutiyet Caddesi at the front and Minare Sokak at the back. Vallauri transversely divided the lot into three parts, and designed the middle part as a big space, and two other parts on the sides as meeting rooms, library, and office function areas.

Funds for the Istanbul Modern’s new building are being provided by the institution’s founding sponsor, the Eczacıbaşı Group, as well as a consortium behind the redevelopment project. Doğuş Group and Bilgili Holding are also backing the new facility.

Istanbul Modern moves to contemporary location
Istanbul Modern, Antrepo #4, Karaköy, Istanbul

Guido Casaretto included in the permanent collection of MOCAK

on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , March

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Guido Casaretto included in the permanent collection of MOCAK
Guido Casaretto, 'Waterfront IV', 2016, epoxy, photo: the artist and Zilberman Gallery


Guido Casaretto’s 'Waterfront IV' (2016) has been included in the permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK). Over the last five years Casaretto has been focusing on processes of sensory perception, utilizing different materials in order to make unusual copies of systems that represent various phenomena. Casted using epoxy, 'Waterfront IV' transforms the image of sea waves into a sculpture triggering haptic perceptions.

With his most recent works, Casaretto establishes a relationship between sensory perception triggered through the layering of different elements, and craftsmanship that follows a similar layered process of creation. Inspired by the utilization of materials and the working methods of craftsmen, Casaretto’s works make it difficult to distinguish between real formations in nature and the artist’s attempts to copy them. By making use of various materials, geological formations and mythological stories from the Mediterranean Basin, the artist underlines the difference between art and craftsmanship, that is significant for this region.

Guido Casaretto (1981) lives and works in Istanbul. One of the founders of Sanatorium, some of his solo shows are: The Pope and Galileo Had A Minor Disagreement (Zilberman Gallery, 2017), Synesthesia (Zilberman Gallery, 2015), Extrasystemic Correlations (Zilberman Gallery, 2012), Default (Sanatorium, Istanbul, 2011); and some of his group shows are: Urban Justice (CerModern, Ankara, 2015), Venice Biennial Italian Pavillion (Venice, 2011), and Teatro Comunale (Italy, 2000). His work is included in MOCAK–Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (Krakow, Poland) and many important private collections in Europe and Middle East.

Nilbar Güreş wins the De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award

on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , March

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Nilbar Güreş wins the De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award
Nilbar Güreş, Double Headed Snake - Queer Desire is Wild, 2015, Handmade belt. Courtesy of Galerie Tanja Wagner.


London Art Fair 2018 announced Nilbar Güreş, represented by Galerie Tanja Wagner, as the winner of the De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award 2018.

Güreş’ work was exhibited as part of ​'Dialogues', an exhibition which invites pairs of international galleries to collaborate around a shared theme. In a first for London Art Fair 2018, this year’s edition of ​'Dialogues' features exclusively female or female-identifying artists whose work addresses the diverse experiences and identities of women. In doing so the curator Misal Adnan Yıldız aimed to address the lack of representation of women, especially non-European women, within the art world.

Nilbar Güreş, who identifies as a feminist queer artist, chooses a performative approach for her works, using photography, collage, drawing and video to place everyday realities into theatrical settings in order to explore cultural identity and codes. Güreş’ works are characterised by a playful and humouristic approach that is nonetheless both political and critical, addressing the effects of sexism, violence and gender inequality. Her work draws upon first-hand research and cultural observation, with Güreş often living with her subjects in order to experience their environments.

Güreş was born in 1977 in Istanbul, Turkey, and studied at the Department of Fine Arts at the Marmara University in Istanbul, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. It is evident in much of her work that her cultural heritage is of great importance to her, although it also acts in conflict with other facets of her identity, with Anatolian narratives, symbols and fabrics inspiring her works. Head Standing Totem for example, created in Brazil for the São Paolo Biennial, draws upon Güreş’ Anatolian background, using scarves and serving cups within the composition, as well as making references to the indigenous cultures she encountered in Brazil. This trip also provided inspiration for a recently created collage on display at London Art Fair entitled ​Jumping Bed. The work evokes the ideas of wilderness and escapism, in a physical sense but also making reference to the wilderness of queerness and the empowerment that comes from escaping societal conventions and limitations. Güreş’ practice also encompasses video works, for example ​Wolf and Lamb, featuring two children playing in animal masks (the boy as a wolf, and the girl a lamb), inviting the viewer to challenge the gendered conventions they may be subjected to as adults.

Galerie Tanja Wagner, based in Berlin, works with a diverse group of emerging artists with strong social and political positions whose work fosters discussions about society and the humanity of the individual. The gallery facilitates the exchange of thoughts and beliefs, and also actively contributes to the expansion of a diverse and gender-balanced art market.

Nilbar Güreş will have her first solo exhibition in Berlin at Galerie Tanja Wagner, opening 23 February 2018, followed by a solo exhibition at Lentos Museum, Graz in June this year.

Nilbar Güreş wins the De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award
Nilbar Güreş, Frozen Zebra, 2017, Mixed media on fabric, Galerie Tanja Wagner

Öktem & Aykut Gallery moves to new location

on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , March

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After running their gallery for almost four years at Portakal Sokak 2 in Galata, directors Tankut Aykut and Doğa Öktem decided to relocate their gallery Öktem & Aykut to Istanbul's Şişhane district at Aybastı Sokak 3 in January 2018. The new location was inaugurated with Sinan Logie’s exhibition titled 'The Elementary Particles'.

Öktem & Aykut Gallery moves to new location
Sinan Logie, The Elementary Particles, 2018, installation view at Öktem & Aykut Gallery