Turkey at Basel Art Week
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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, „The Concise Book of Visa Application Forms,“ 2009, at NON booth, Liste 18, 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger
Exhibition View: Meriç Algün Ringborg, NON booth, Liste 18, 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger
Kutluğ Ataman, 99 Names, 2002. Unlimited/Art Basel 2013. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger