Artists from Turkey at Manifesta 11

on Tuesday, 03 May 2016. Posted in ---2016---, May

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Ahmet Ögüt and Aslı Çavuşoğlu will participate in this year’s edition of Manifesta taking place in Zurich, Switzerland from 11 June – 18 September.

Ögüt’s work 'Silent University' is part of 'The Historical Exhibition: Sites Under Construction', a show which gathers artworks and non-art-specific materials from the past 50 years. Meanwhile, Çavuşoğlu has been researching how representations of landscapes feed into the construction of national identity. Approaching this issue through the lost continent of Mu, which according to myth sunk into the Pacific, she is working with a picture restorer to search for the hidden landscape in Swiss landscape paintings - both uncovering the layers beneath and altering each picture’s surface. For there is an idealised image of Switzerland that is just as non-existent as Mu. Atatürk, founder of the Turkish state, thought Mu was the cradle of Turkish civilisation. The Alps, too, play a large part in Switzerland’s self-perception as a fortified and independent nation.

Asli Cavusoglu
Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Courtesy Manifesta & Evren Kıvançer

Ahmet Ögüt
Ahmet Ögüt, Silent University. Courtesy the artist and Manifesta

3rd Istanbul Design Biennial kicks off

on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Posted in ---2016---, October

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Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley, Curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial photo: Mahmut Ceylan

Curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial titled ‘ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years’ runs from 22 October to 20 November 2016. A Biennial normally focuses on the last 2 years. The time frame for this exhibition will span from the last 2 seconds to the last 200,000 years. Ancient archaeological artefacts from Turkey and the region will be presented at the heart of the Biennial to reframe the latest real-time thinking about design. The exhibitions will be held in Alt Art Space, DEPO Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X and the Istanbul Archaeology Museums.

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial explores the intimate relationship between the concepts of “design” and “human.” Design always presents itself as serving the human but its real ambition is to redesign the human. The history of design is therefore a history of evolving conceptions of the human. To talk about design is to talk about the state of our species. Humans have always been radically reshaped by the designs they produce and the world of design keeps expanding. We live in a time when everything is designed, from our carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes. The average day involves the experience of thousands of layers of design that reach to outer space but also reach deep into our bodies and brains. We literally live inside design, like the spider lives inside the web constructed from inside its own body. But unlike the spider, we have spawned countless overlapping and interacting webs. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Design has become the world.

Design is the most human thing about us. Design is what makes the human. It is the basis of social life, from the very first artefacts to the exponential expansion of human capability. But design also engineers inequalities and new forms of neglect. More people than ever in history are forcibly displaced by war, lawlessness, poverty, and climate at the same time that the human genome and the weather are being actively redesigned. We can no longer reassure ourselves with the idea of “good design.” Design needs to be redesigned.

'ARE WE HUMAN?: The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years' invites a wide arrange of designers and thinkers from around the world to respond to a compact set of eight interlinked propositions:

DESIGN IS ALWAYS DESIGN OF THE HUMAN


THE HUMAN IS THE DESIGNING ANIMAL


OUR SPECIES IS COMPLETELY SUSPENDED IN ENDLESS LAYERS OF DESIGN

DESIGN RADICALLY EXPANDS HUMAN CAPABILITY
 “GOOD DESIGN” IS AN ANESTHETIC


DESIGN WITHOUT ANESTHETIC ASKS URGENT QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR HUMANITY

These propositions will be explored over the coming year in events, classes, workshops, and online discussions – including open calls for responses to the propositions by short videos. This year of exploration around the world will culminate in a dense program of exhibitions, debates, broadcasts and publications during the six weeks of the biennial in Istanbul that opens on 22 October 2016.

This biennial is an archaeological project. It is not about celebrating particular designers or about visualizing remarkable futures. It will be a multi-media documentary about the state of design today, when everyday reality has outpaced science fiction. It will place the extreme condition of contemporary design into the context of the extended 200,000 year history of our species – from the first standardized ornaments and the footprints of the first shoes to the latest digital and carbon footprints. A biennial normally focuses on the last 2 years. The time frame for this exhibition will span from the last 2 seconds to the last 200,000 years. Ancient archaeological artefacts from Turkey and the region will be presented at the heart of the biennial to reframe the latest real-time thinking about design.

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Sven Torfinn/Panos, Kenya, Kajiado District, 2011
Masai farmer using mobile phone to check the latest marked produce prices Courtesy İKSV

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Fritz Kahn: Man Machine/Maschine Mensch, Ed. by Uta von Debschitz and Thilo von Debschitz, 2009 Courtesy İKSV

Şakir Gökçebağ receives Leo-Breuer Award

on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Posted in ---2016---, October

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The prize is awarded every two years by the Landschaftsverband Rheinland in cooperation with the family Leo Breuer and the Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung in Bonn. The jury stated that the artist’s work stands for a „crucial further development of the theme of constructive art“.

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Exhibition view of Şakir Gökçebağ 'Reorientation' at Kunstverein Ludwigshafen a. Rhein, 2016

Istanbul Dealers launch Gallery Weekend

on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Posted in ---2016---, October

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The fourteen Istanbul dealers artSümer, C.A.M. Gallery, Empire Project, Daire, Galerist, PG Art Gallery, Pi Artworks, KARE, Galeri Nev, Öktem&Aykut, Rampa, Sanatorium, Zilberman Gallery and x-ist, are launching a new initiative in order to boost the Turkish art scene to be held first from 30 September to 2 October 2016.

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Blok opens new project Space

on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Posted in ---2016---, October

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The gallery based in Istanbul’s Çukurcuma district just opened a new project space in the ancient part of the city: Büyük Valide Han in Mahmutpaşa district. Constructed by the order of Kösem Valide Sultan in the 17th century, Büyük Valide Han is known as the biggest inn in Istanbul Hoping to establish an open space, Valide Han’s intended usage will include artist workshops and residency programs for artists creating space-specific works.

Blok wants to urge viewers to explore the inn with each project, and introduce new and in-depth points of view towards time and history. To achieve this, they hope to work with artists and researchers that can address the historical, sociological, and political complexity of Büyük Valide Han from various perspectives.

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Blok project space at Büyük Valide Han in Mahmutpaşa district, Istanbul

Inci Eviner receives the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in ---2017--- , March

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Inci Eviner receiving the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize
Inci Eviner receiving the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize

Sharjah Art Foundation announced the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize recipients on 10 March during the opening night of Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj. The recipients of this year’s prize were İnci Eviner, Uriel Orlow, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Walid Siti. An honourary mention was awarded to the late artist Ali Jabri.

This year's biennial features two of Eviner's videos: Beuys Underground, a new work commissioned by the biennial, and Runaway Girls (2015).

İnci Eviner’s large body of work ranges from drawings and video to performative and collaborative practices. In her works, she explores politics of desire, space, subjectivity and its potentiality. As an artist, she is aware of the traumas we live with that demand a new kind of listening and witnessing. She follows the current practices of power on the female body and researches outside of the given identity that is in a continuous state of enactment.

The SB13 Prize jurors were Adriano Pedrosa, Artistic Director of Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, Brazil; N'Goné Fall, independent curator and cofounder of GawLab Collective Dakar and Dr Youssef Aidabi, Advisor at the Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies.

The Sharjah Biennial Prize was established by Sharjah Biennial in 1993 and is now awarded by Sharjah Art Foundation. The honoured recipients are selected by a distinguished jury appointed by SAF. The Sharjah Biennial Prize is given upon the jury’s sole discretion and can be granted to any number of artists.

Tayfun Serttaş first guest of Cité des Arts for 2014

on Wednesday, 05 March 2014. Posted in February

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Tayfun Serttaş is participating in the art residency program at Cité International des Arts between January-March 2014. The selection of the artists who are invited to the residency program is made by a committee of seven with the coordination of IKSV and is conducted with an open call system. The residency program, which was developed by Çelenk Bafra and Banu Dicle from Simit Association will continue until 2029 without any interruption.

Visual artist, writer and researcher Tayfun Serttaş, born in 1982, lives in Istanbul and Bodrum. He graduated from the Istanbul University, Social Anthropology Department in 2004. He completed his masters at the Yıldız Technical University, Art and Design Faculty Interdisciplinary Art program in 2007 with a thesis titled “Photography And Minorities In Istanbul In The Context Of Modernism And Cultural Representation”. He participated in artist residency programs as AIF Residency Program, Arab Image Foundation, Beirut (2011), Accented Residency Program, The Delfina Foundation, London (2010), Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (2009). Recent solo exhibitions include "Foto Galatasaray" FOAM, Amsterdam (2013), "Bazan" Pilevneli Project, İstanbul (2012), “Middle East Airlines” ArtSumer, İstanbul (2012), “Foto Galatasaray”, SALT Galata, İstanbul (2011), “ReMap 3”, Kalfayan Gallery, Athens (2011), “Souvenir Trauma” Zico House, Beirut (2011), “Tailor’s Dream M&M” Apartment Project, İstanbul (2011), “Studio Osep”, Delfina Foundation, London (2010). In November 2009 he published his first book, “Studio Osep”, and in November 2011 his second book titled “Galatasaray – Studio Practice by Maryam Şahinyan”.

Located in Paris, Cité Internationale des Arts gives 350 artists, whom it accommodates at the same time, the chance to stay at individually assigned workshops from two months to one year. With its exhibition halls, rehearsal studios, concert and performance venues, along with its various workshops, Cité des Arts gives the artists the opportunity to improve themselves and actively create.

Tayfun Serttaş at Cité des Arts
Tayfun Serttaş at Cité des Arts Paris

Contemporary Art from Turkey on Sale at Sotheby's

on Thursday, 06 March 2014. Posted in February

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From 27 March - 1 April Sotheby’s presents At The Crossroads 2: Contemporary Art from Istanbul to Kabul, an innovative selling-exhibition showcasing top-end contemporary works from the countries of the Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey and Iran. Building on the success of 2013 exhibition At The Crossroads: Contemporary Art from Caucasus and Central Asia, the second installment will provide an alternative perspective on the context of art production in the region. Expanding the geographical reach to include art from Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, the exhibition will explore complex cultural and social interconnections across the represented countries, from antiquity to today, and how these manifest themselves in contemporary visions and techniques.

The exhibition includes, among others, works by SARKIS, Hera Buyuktasciyan, Murat Akagunduz, Nil Yalter, Yuksel Arslan, Erol Akyavas, Fahrelnissa Zeid, Mehmet Guleryuz, Burhan Dogancay, Sena, Sakir Gockebag, Fatma Bucak and Sibel Horada.

Murat Akagunduz, Untitled (From Island-Continent Series), 2011, resin on canvas
160 x 200cm
Murat Akagunduz, Untitled (From Island-Continent Series), 2011, resin on canvas 160 x 200cm.
Photo: Courtesy Sotheby's

Erol Akyavas, Kerbela, 1983 and Fahrelnissa Zeid, Brighton 9 June 1949
Left: Erol Akyavas, Kerbela, 1983, oil, pen and glitter on canvas, 123 x 100.5cm
Right: Fahrelnissa Zeid, Brighton 9 June 1949, pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 77 x 56cm
Photos: Courtesy Sotheby's

Fatma Bucak, Blessed are you who come, 2012
Fatma Bucak, Blessed are you who come - Conversation at the Turkish Armenian border, HD video, colour with sound (8 minutes, 42 seconds), Executed in 2012, edition: 2/5+1
Photos: Courtesy Sotheby's

Sibel Horada and Nil Yalter
Left: Sibel Horada, Fire Chronicles, 2012, c-print, in three parts, 56 x 70cm each, edition: 1/5+1
Rigt: Nil Yalter, Sound of Painting, Hac 1, 2008, acrylic on canvas 120 x 120cm. Photos: Courtesy Sotheby's

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