Turkish artists at 31st São Paolo Biennial
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Running from 6 September – 7 December 2014, the 31st Bienal de São Paulo, curated by Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv titled ’How to (...) things that don’t exist’ is a poetic invocation of art’s capacities and its ability to reflect and act upon life, power and belief. The sentence, neither a question nor a proposition, entangles, through art, the mystical and spiritual side of life with political and social ideals – all this in a constantly changing world. It intends to communicate optimism about the possibilities of art today – an optimism that echoes that of the Bienal and the projects within it.
The President of the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation Luis Terepins states that we might „think of the title oft he biennial as a contemporary dilemma: how do we live in a world that is in a permanent state of transformation, in which the old forms – of work, of behaviour, of art – no longer fit and the new forms have yet to be clearly outlined?“ He further elaborates that „by choosing this curatorial project, the Bienal makes room for a fresh view of its building and its history, with a proposal that leaves the modernist heritage on the sidelines in favour of new approaches and considerations.“
Founded in 1951, the São Paulo Bienal is the second oldest biennial in the world. The event is headquartered in the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Additional exhibition spaces throughout the city span over 315,000 square feet.
Including 81 projects and over 100 participants, the biennial shows around 250 artworks. Turkish artist’s works at the biennial include Gülsün Karamustafa’s works „Illustrated History“ and „The Settler, “ Halil Altindere’s „Wonderland“ and Nilbar Güreş’s, Open „Phone Booth,“ „Black Series,“ „TrabZONE“ and other works.
Gülsün Karamustafa, The Settler, 2003, video-installation, double-projection over corner, 5'17'', colour, sound. Courtesy of the artist and Rampa Istanbul
Halil Altindere, Wonderland, 2013, hd video, 8’25’’. Courtesy the artist and PILOT Gallery
Nilbar Güreş, Alisan is calling, from the series Open Phone Booth, 2011, C-print, 108 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Rampa Istanbul