Aslı Çavuşoğlu at New Museum

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Aslı Çavuşoğlu at New Museum
Aslı Çavuşoğlu, The Place of Stone, 2018 (detail). Fresco on 22 aerolam panels, 49 1/4 × 49 1/4 in (125 × 125 cm) each. Photo: Gençer Yurttaş


The artist's first solo museum show in United States titled 'The Place of Stone' featuring a new body of work realized for the exhibition opened on 18 September at New Museum, New York and is on view until 13 January 2019.

In her research-driven practice, Çavuşoğlu (b. 1982, Istanbul, Turkey) takes up questions of history and belief by examining objects, images, and cultural symbols that have endured over time. National identity and the mechanisms through which political projects are constructed are recurring concerns. Many of her works address narratives of the past and suppositions of the present through oral histories, archives, artifacts, and raw materials, such as those used for color pigments.

At the installation of the New Museum's lobby Aslı Çavuşoğlu explores the centuries-long trade in lapis lazuli, once a key ingredient for mixing blue pigment before the advent of chemical dyes. The stone was extensively used for fresco painting, a medium revived here in a multi-panel composition, limned in hues ranging from cerulean to Prussian blue. Examining the color as both a commodity and as a key ingredient in painting, Çavuşoğlu traces the story of blue from its mineral origins to its role in art history.

Lead support for Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s residency and exhibition is provided by SAHA Association.

Semiha Berksoy at Frieze London

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Semiha Berksoy at Frieze
Galerist (Istanbul) and Vigo Gallery's (London) joint booth at Frieze Masters 2018


Galerist (Istanbul) and Vigo Gallery (London) presented a solo presentation of the work of the extraordinary Turkish artist, opera singer and cultural figure, Semiha Berksoy (1910 – 2004) for the Spotlight section of Frieze Masters, 2018.

Semiha Berksoy (b. 1910, Istanbul, d. 2004, Istanbul) was one of the leading cultural scene figures in the early years of the Turkish Republic and one of the first internationally recognized Turkish artists. At the age of 19, she was accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts Istanbul, where she studied ceramics. She was also a student at Darülbedayi Drama School. With a multi-faceted artistic approach, Berksoy starred in the first Turkish sound movie and performed in the first Turkish opera. After graduating from the Berlin State Music Academy, she was awarded the titles of ‘World Class Opera Singer’, ‘Prima Donna’ and ‘State Artist’. In a life dedicated to art, she also made great contributions in the field of visual arts. Istanbul-based gallery Galerist recently published her catalogue raisonné in 2017.

Selected recent solo exhibitions include Semiha Berksoy with Love, O’Art, Istanbul, TR (2017); Wall of Hallucination, Galerist, Istanbul, TR (2014); I Lived on Art, I Lived on Love, Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Gallery, Istanbul, TR (2010); Retrospective, Iş Sanat Kibele Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, TR (2003).

Selected group exhibitions include Artists in Their Time, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2015); Plurivocality, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2014); Past and Future, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2013); 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, CN (2012); Dream and Rea- lity, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2012); Istanbul Next Wave, Akade- mie der Künste, Berlin, DE (2009); Gender Battle, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, ES (2007); Venice – Istanbul, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TR (2006); 51st Venice Biennale, Ve- nice, IT (2005); Zeitwenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn, DE/ Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, AT (1999/2000); Mani- festa II, Luxembourg, LU (1998); 5th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (1997); Iskorpit, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE (1995).

Halil Altındere's Homeland acquired by MoMA

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Halil Altindere's Homeland at MoMA
Halil Altındere, Homeland, 2016, video still


Halil Altındere's video work 'Homeland' (2016) was acquired by Media and Performance Art department of MoMA, NY.

Shot in Turkey and Germany, Halil Altindere’s new video 'Homeland' spotlights the experience of forced migration. The contradictions that define refugee status are voiced by rapper Mohammad Abu Hajar, who is a Syrian refugee now living in Berlin. The work is placed in the context of the pro-democratic revolts in the course of the 'Arab Spring' in the Near East and shows the dangerous journey of the refugees through the neighbouring countries all the way to Europe as well as the search for a new life on the basis of Abu Hajar ’s song. The work was produced for the Berlin Biennial 2016.

4th Istanbul Design Biennial kicks off

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

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Carlos Monleón, 'A Colloquy of Vessels, Facility Machine'
Carlos Monleón, 'A Colloquy of Vessels, Facility Machine' as part of 'Digestion School' at Studio X Istanbul, 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, 2018 Photo by Kayhan Kaygusuz


The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial running from 22 September until 4 November 2018 and curated by Jan Boelen under the theme 'A School of Schools' stretches both the space and time of the traditional design event, manifesting as a flexible year-long programme within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education. 'A School of Schools' manifests as a set of dynamic learning formats encouraging creative production, sustainable collaboration, and social connection. Exploring eight themes, the learning environment is a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations.

As a space for critical reflection on design established in a historically rich context, the Istanbul Design Biennial offers the opportunity to question the very production and replication of design and its education. In 2018, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial builds on the legacy of previous editions, in order to reinvent itself and become a productive process-orientated platform for education and design to research, experiment and learn in and from the city and beyond.

Can the biennial use, question and reframe previously tried-and-tested education models – from the museum-as-encyclopedia to the laboratory, the studio and the academy – to create a setting for meaningful dialogue and design? Can design itself be a brave space for people to share their knowledge and ignorance, their experience and curiosity?
Engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad, A School of Schools brings together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, focusing on the process as much as the outcomes. Together, agents in this complex and ambitious ecosystem will create new knowledge, search for alternatives to implemented systems, and with radical diversity, push the boundaries of the design discipline.

For the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, Jan Boelen teamed up with Vera Sacchetti as Associate Curator and Nadine Botha as Assistant Curator.

Encouraging visitors to take a closer look at the exhibited works and the conceptual framework of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, guided tours are held every day except Mondays throughout the duration of the biennial at Akbank Sanat, Yapı Kredi Culture Centre, Pera Museum, Arter, SALT Galata and Studio-X Istanbul.

For further details visit: aschoolofschools.iksv.org/en

Studio Folder, 'The Physical Geography of the Sea' as part of 'Currents School'
Studio Folder, 'The Physical Geography of the Sea' as part of 'Currents School' at Yapi Kredi Cultural Art Center, 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, 2018


PARTICIPANT LIST
AATB
Åbäke
Aformal Academy & ARK.WORLD
Can Altay
Ersin Altın, Burçak Özlüdil, Augustus Wendell, Amy K. Hoover
Burak Arıkan
ARK.AMSTERDAM (Roosje Klap & Pauline Le Pape)
Arvid & Marie
Bakudapan
Kerim Bayer
Merve Bedir
Broomberg & Chanarin
Cihad Caner
Ali Murat Cengiz
Taeyoon Choi
Lorenzo Cirrincione, Jennifer Teets, Lorena Ancona
CMP OFFICE
Commonplace Studio, Jesse Howard and Tim Knapen
Danilo Correale
Cansu Cürgen & Avşar Gürpınar
Aslı Çiçek
Çukurcuma Okuma Kulübü / Reading Club
Amandine David
Demystification Committee
DESIS Felsefe Konuşmaları
Design Displacement Group
Theo Deutinger
Meeus van Dis
Disarming Design from Palestine
Bogomir Doringer
Dpr-barcelona
Eat Art Collective
ECAL x MacGuffin
Ecole Mondiale
Noortje van Eekelen
Lukas Engelhardt
FABB
Fictional Journal Collective
FRAME research Group (Remco Roes, Carla Swerts, Tom Lambeens, Griet Moors)
Annika Frye 

Alix Gallet
Gerçeklik Araştırma Grubu, Tasarım Laboratuvarı, Koç Üniversitesi
Teis De Greve
Gamze Gündüz, Güher Tan, Tangör Tan
Gökçe Gürçay
Ineke Hans
Lisa Hartje Moura, Pascal Rousseau, Noam Toran
Adam Harvey & Anastasia Kubrak
Nelly Ben Hayoun
Mark Henning
Esmé Hofman
Bora Hong
Nur Horsanalı
Housing the Human: Artem Kitaev (KOSMOS Architects), Mae-Ling Lokko, Simone C Niquille, Lucia Tahan, Dasha Tsapenko
Human Rights Foundation
Alexandre Humbert
IASPIS Urgent Pedagogies Symposium (Sepake Angiama, Markus Bader, Magnus Ericson, Joseph Grima, Sandi Hilal, Onkar Kular, Peter Lang, Tor Lindstrand, Pelin Tan, Merve Gül Özokcu)
Ils Huygens (Z33)
So Kanno
Andrea Karch
Navine G. Khan-Dossos
Roosje Klap
Rauf Kösemen
Ebru Kurbak
Matylda Krzykowski
Naho Kubota
Onkar Kular
LAB OF LABs: Professor Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, Visiting Assistant Professor Andreas Treske, Chair Department of Communication and Design, I. D. Bilkent University, Dr. Faculty Member, PhD Simge Hough, Bilgi University, Jamie Allen, Ege Berensel, Ebru Kurbak
Landskip
Peter Lang
Legrand Jäger
Lifepatch
Mae-ling Lokko, Nana Ofori-Atta Ayim, Selassie Ataditka, Gustavo Crembil
Farzin Lotfi-Jam & Mark Wasiuta
LUCA School of Arts
Pedro Neves Marques
Margarida Mendes
Alexandra Midal
Carlos Monleón
Gökhan Mura
Martina Muzi
N55
New South
Camilo Oliveira
ONAGÖRE (Okay Karadayılar & Ali Taptık)
Şevket Pamuk
Parasitic Okuma Kulübü / Reading Club
Thomas Pausz
Ana Peñalba
Juliette Pépin
Hannah Perner-Wilson
Shailoh Philips
Mary Ponomareva
Irene Posch
Possible Bodies Collective
RADIOEE.NET AND PUB RADIO
Alice Rawsthorn
Livia Rezende
Ottonie Von Roeder
João Roxo
Emelie Röndahl
Mika Satomi
Helga Schmid
SCN
Judith Seng
Fahmy Shahin
SO?
Stigmergy·Family·Studio
Chick Strand
Studio Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual, Pietro Leoni)
Studio Makkink & Bey
SulSolSal
Jenna Sutela
Selim Süme
Aslıhan Şenel
Gülsün Tanyeli
Tattfoo Studio
Teaching Lies (Jamie Allen, Selçuk Artut, Rebekka Kiesewetter, Paolo Patelli, Donato Ricci, Benoît Verjat, Michael Edward Young)
Jennifer Teets & Lorenzo Cirrincione
Sera Tolgay
Sissel Marie Tonn
Joris Van Tubergen
Dr. Ahmet Uhri
Janna Ullrich
Unfold
University of the Underground
Henriëtte Waal (LUMA) & Studio Klarenbeek & Dros
Lukas Wegwerth
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Pınar Yoldaş
İpek Yürekli
Peter Zin


Galeri Nev Istanbul moves back to previous location

on Friday, 12 October 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , October

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Misir Apartment, Istiklal Caddesi
Misir Apartment, Istiklal Caddesi 163, Istanbul


After relocating to Karakoy last season, the gallery decided to return to its previous gallery space at Misir Apartment on Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul in September 2018.

Founded in 1984 by Ali Artun and Haldun Dostoğlu in Ankara, Galeri Nev established its space in Istanbul in 1987 and has been organizing regular exhibitions ever since, with the aim of introducing modern and contemporary art to both local and international audience.

In the early 1990’s, whilst continuing to present the masters of modern Turkish art, the gallery began to work with a group of younger, emerging artists. The enduring collaboration with this new generation which constitutes the core group of Galeri Nev Istanbul, attracted a devoted audience on national and international scale while boosting the careers of the artists.

Aside from the exhibitions held at Galeri Nev Istanbul’s gallery space under Dostoğlu’s direction, a significant number of retrospective exhibitions have been realized for the artists represented by Galeri Nev Istanbul such as Erol Akyavaş, Nejad Devrim and Alev Ebüzziya at prestigious locations in Istanbul.

An equally essential mission of the gallery has been numerous publication projects since its establishment. By means of the catalogues, original print suits and monographs whose number is over a hundred today, Galeri Nev occupies a pioneering position in contributing to cultural landscape in Turkey.

Elmgreen & Dragset to curate 15th Istanbul Biennial

on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Posted in May, ---2016---

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The 15th Istanbul Biennial, to be held 16 September - 12 November 2017, will be curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, who state that their focus will be on “collaborative efforts and processes“ in the context of the present geopolitical situation “experiencing a new rise of nationalism.”

Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen, dr.h.c. and Ingar Dragset, dr.h.c.) are an artist duo who have worked together since 1995. Their artistic practice spans many genres, including installation, sculpture, performance, and theater. Their work has been included in the Istanbul (2013, 2011, 2001), Liverpool (2012), Singapore (2011), Moscow (2011, 2007), Venice (2009, 2003), Gwangju (2006, 2002), São Paulo (2002), and Berlin (1998) biennials. The artists were shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2000 and won the Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin in 2002. In 2012, Elmgreen & Dragset were selected for London’s Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square. They were awarded honorary doctorates at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2015.

The Istanbul Biennial advisory board members include Adriano Pedrosa, Başak Şenova, İnci Eviner, Iwona Blazwick, and Ute Meta Bauer.

The conceptual framework of the 15th Istanbul Biennial will be announced at a press meeting to be held in fall 2016. The media preview of the biennial will be on 13 September, and the professional preview on 14 and 15 September 2017.

Elmgreen & Dragset
Elmgreen & Dragset. Photo: Elmar Vestner

Nicolas Bourriaud to curate 16th Istanbul Biennial

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Nicolas Bourriaud to curate 16th Istanbul Biennial
Nicolas Bourriaud, photo: Sergio Rosales Medina


The 16th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding, will take place between 14 September and 10 November 2019. The 16th edition of the biennial will be curated by French curator, art scholar and writer Nicolas Bourriaud.

Bourriaud, one of the co-founders of Palais de Tokyo, Paris and current director of the Montpellier Contemporain, stated that he is very honoured to be able to contribute to the history of Istanbul Biennial, which has always been a place of strong curatorial statements since its creation in 1987. Also, as a crossing point, the city of Istanbul takes a specific signification today, in a global political era marked by binary thought. He stated that he will try to build an exhibition that measures up to our historical situation.

Istanbul Biennial’s Advisory Board commented on Bourriaud, that his research embracing the idea of multiverse is vital for the thoughtful minds of today. They strongly believe that Nicolas will develop an intriguing exhibition considering his esteemed curatorial and theoretical practice, his in-depth academic studies as well has his long term collaborations with artists and active engagement with new generations. The 16th Istanbul Biennial, under the curatorship of Nicolas Bourriaud, will celebrate and embrace the possibilities of transdiciplinary collaboration through the exhibition and its public programmes which will bring together artists and specialists living and producing in different parts of the globe.

The Istanbul Biennial Advisory Board members include Iwona Blazwick, Ayşe Erek, İnci Eviner, Yuko Hasegawa and Agustín Pérez Rubio.

Nicolas Bourriaud: Nicolas Bourriaud, born in 1965, is a curator and writer. He is the director of Montpellier Contemporain (MoCo), an institution he created, gathering the La Panacée art centre, the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the future MoCo Museum, which will be opened in June 2019. He was the director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 2011 to 2015. From 2010 to 2011, he headed the studies department at the Ministry of Culture in France. He was Gulbenkian Curator for Contemporary Art at Tate Britain in London from 2007 to 2010 and founder advisor for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kiev. He also founded and co-directed the Palais de Tokyo, Paris between 1999 and 2006.

Bourriaud’s recent exhibitions include Crash Test, La Panacée (2018); Back to Mulholland Drive, La Panacée (2017); Wirikuta, MECA Aguascalientes, Mexico (2016); The Great Acceleration / Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial (2014); The Angel of History, Palais des Beaux-Arts (2013); Monodrome, Athens Biennial (2011) and Altermodern, Tate Triennial, London (2009). Nicolas Bourriaud was also in the curatorial team of the first and second Moscow Biennials in 2005 and 2007. His selected books are The Exform (Verso, 2016); Radicant (Sternberg Press, 2009); Postproduction (Lukas & Sternberg, 2002); Formes de vie: L’art moderne et l’invention de soi (Denoel, 1999) and Relational Aesthetics (Presses du reel, 1998).

16th Istanbul Biennial The 16th Istanbul Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding as well as other supporters, international funders, and funding bodies to be announced.

The conceptual framework of the 16th Istanbul Biennial will be announced at a press meeting to be held in fall 2018. The media preview of the biennial will be held from 10-13 September 2019 and professional preview will be held on 12 and 13 September 2019.


The Pavilion of Turkey opens at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial

on Thursday, 28 June 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , June

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The Pavilion of Turkey opens at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial
'Vardiya / The Shift', photo: IKSV


Curated by Kerem Piker and coordinated by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Pavilion of Turkey presents 'Vardiya / the Shift' at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial, taking place from 26 May to 25 November 2018. Co-sponsored by Schüco Turkey and VitrA, the Pavilion of Turkey is located at Sale d’Armi, Arsenale.

Responding to the Biennale Architettura 2018 theme of 'Freespace', 'Vardiya' is a programme of public events that will transform the Pavilion of Turkey into a staging ground for creative encounter, collaborative production and cultural exchange across borders.

122 international architecture students from 16 countries will visit the Pavilion of Turkey in weekly ‘shifts’ as active producers of the evolving exhibition content. They will participate in workshops, engage in roundtable discussions and hear keynote lectures driven by guest scholars, designers and architects.

The programme will begin with multi-media installations, through which visitors will be informed about forthcoming activities and workshop themes. Throughout the twenty-five weeks of the biennial, the Pavilion of Turkey will host 13 workshops, focusing on a variety of topics; around 50 digital meetings with participants from a range of disciplines; and 6 lectures by keynote speakers, including an international roster of leading architects. All of the workshops, digital meetings and lectures will be open to visitors during biennale opening hours.

Kerem Piker, curator, lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.

Kerem Piker was born in Ankara in 1978. He received his BArch degree in Architecture in 2001 at Istanbul Technical University and his MSC in Arch degree in 2004 at TU Delft. In 2010, He was selected as one of best 40 architects in Europe under the age of 40 by Chicago Atheneum.

In 2011 Kerem Piker founded KPM-Kerem Piker Mimarlık, Architectural Studio. KPM was awarded in several architectural competitions. In 2016, Akyazı Cultural Center designed by KPM received the best project prize in the 15th National Architecture Awards. Since 1998, Kerem Piker has taught in architectural schools as a visiting lecturer and juror, including İstanbul Technical University, Yıldız Technical University, Gebze Institute of Technology, Bilgi University and Kültür University.


Ergin Cavusoglu & Gülsün Karamustafa at Guggenheim NY

on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Posted in May, ---2016---

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Ergin Çavuşoğlu’s 'Crystal & Flame' (2010) and Gülsün Karamustafa’s 'Create your own story with the given material' (1997) have been acquired by the Guggenheim, NY and will be part of the museum’s upcoming exhibition 'But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa'.

The third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, 'But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa’ (29 April – 5 October 2016), will illuminate contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region’s diaspora. Presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, this exhibition will feature installations, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper from a broad selection of artists. Following its presentation in New York, the exhibition will travel to Istanbul’s Pera Museum in 2017. The exhibition is curated by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa.

To date, MAP’s acquisitions program has brought more than 107 works by 85 artists and collectives into the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. More than 7,000 students, teachers, families, and art enthusiasts have participated in over 80 interactive education programs, developed jointly by the Guggenheim and its institutional partners across the world specifically for local audiences. In addition, MAP’s website at guggenheim.org/MAP offers a wealth of content, including videos by artists and curators, artist profiles, blog posts by international curators and critics, and interactive learning tools.

Crystal & Flame, 2010
Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Crystal & Flame, 2010, Four channel synchronized HD video installations, sound, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist, Rampa Istanbul & Guggenheim NY

Ergin Çavuşoğlu (born in Bulgaria, 1968) studied at The National School of Fine Arts “Iliya Petrov”, Sofia in the early 1980s. He consequently received a BA in painting from the University of Marmara, İstanbul, MA from Goldsmiths, University of London, a PhD from University in Portsmouth and his Professorship from Middlesex University. Ergin Çavuşoğlu currently lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Gülsün Karamustafa, Create your own story, 1997
Gülsün Karamustafa, Create your own story with the given material, 1997
child-sized white cotton shirts, sewn shut with black cord in a meditation on the plight of immigrant children in Turkey. Courtesy the artist, Rampa Istanbul & Guggenheim NY

Born 1946 in Ankara, Turkey Gülsün Karamustafa lives and works in Istanbul and is one of Turkey’s most outspoken and celebrated artists. She has a forty-year oeuvre distinguished by installations, paintings, sculptures, and videos that examine the complexities of gender, globalization, and migration.

Meriç Öner New Director of SALT

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Posted in January, ---2017---

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Vasıf Kortun, Director of Research & Programs of SALT since its founding in 2011 will be stepping down from his position at the end of March 2017 to join the institution’s Board of Directors. SALT’s new Director of Research & Programs Meriç Öner is a trained architect and has been Associate Director of Research and Programs at SALT since 2011. Öner was editor of the interactive database developed for the exhibition Becoming Istanbul (DAM, Frankfurt am Main, 2008) by GG. Later, she programmed the exhibition’s first display in Turkey at SALT Beyoğlu in 2011, together with “90” talks, presentations, screenings and performances on the city, among many others.

Meric Öner new director at SALT
Meriç Öner and Vasif Kortun at Salt Galata, Photo: Mustafa Hazneci

A Look at Turkey's Contemporary Art Scene in Arles

on Friday, 13 April 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , June

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Sinem Disli, Pognon's cave remains, 2015, archival pigment print, 112,5 x 144cm
Sinem Dişli, Pognon's Cave Remains, 2015, archival pigment print, 112,5 x 144cm


On view at Maison des Peintres in Arles from 2 July until 23 September 2018 and curated by Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu and Yann Perreau, 'A Pillar of Smoke' features work by artists and photographers who, from Diyarbakır to an Istanbul slum, from Trabzon (Trebizond) to central Anatolia, document today’s Turkey, a multi-faceted nation of obvious contradictions. According to the curators, the project began as a reflection on the creation, dissemination and reception of various kinds of images and art works in the context of what Turkey is presently going through. There is also a dialogue about those issues, ongoing for over a year now, with those whose work is on display here. When the official discourse tries to mask or distort reality, a new relationship to facts and the truth emerges. Today, Turkey’s artists, journalists and intellectuals take risks just by doing their jobs. This show pays tribute to those who continue expressing themselves despite conditions of extreme adversity.

Participaing Artists:
140 Journos, Halil Altındere (1971), Volkan Aslan (1982), Kürşad Bayhan (1980), Cihan Demiral (1986), Sinem Dişli (1982), Mathias Depardon (1980), Çağdaş Erdoğan (1992), Nilbar Güreş (1977), Korhan Karaoysal (1981), Ali Kazma (1971), Nar Photos, Desislava Şenay Martinova (1987), Ali Taptık (1983), Cengiz Tekin (1977), Furkan Temir (1995), Mehmet Ali Uysal (1976).

A Pillar of Smoke will be presented at the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival (Xiamen, China), from 23 November 2018 to 3 January 2019.

Çağdaş Erdoğan, Control Series, 2015-2016
Çağdaş Erdoğan, Control Series, 2015-2016

Sinem Disli, On the verge, 2015, (self-portrait) sculpture
Sinem Dişli, On the verge, 2018, [self-portrait] Sculpture and mixed media, 27 x 27 x 26 cm

SALT Reopens Its Beyoğlu Branch

on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , June

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After more than 2 years of temporary closure SALT reopened its Beyoğlu branch on 17 April 2018 with the exhibition 'Continuity Error' by Aydan Murtezaoğlu and Bülent Şangar.

Following extensive renovations, the building now features 1,130 m2 of exhibition space, archival space, offices, a café called Bistro, Robinson Crusoe bookshop, a walk-in cinema, and a rooftop terrace-garden designed by architect Fritz Haeg. The six-story SALT building on Istiklal Caddesi dates back to the 19th century and was originally known as the Siniossoglou Apartment.

SALT is an art institution in Istanbul, which was initiated by Vasif Kortun and Garanti Bank in 2011, and has exhibition and workshop spaces in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. It combines the previous activities of the Garanti Gallery, the Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Centre and the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center. It is one of the six members of L'Internationale, a confederation of European art institutions; the other member institutions are the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, in Slovenia; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, in Spain; the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Barcelona, also in Spain; the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen in Antwerp, in Belgium; and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. Working in conjunction with the greater changes that are currently taking place in Istanbul’s arts scene, SALT hosts exhibitions and conferences, engages in interdisciplinary research projects, and has a library and archives for public use.

SALT reopens its Beyoğlu Branch
SALT Beyoğlu Entrance, photo: exhibist


İnci Eviner to Represent Turkey at 58th Venice Biennial

on Thursday, 12 July 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , June

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Inci Eviner at the Venice Biennial
Inci Eviner at her Studio. Photo by Muammer Yanmaz. Courtesy the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.


A new installation by the influential artist İnci Eviner will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, to be held between 11 May and 24 November 2019.

A new installation by the influential artist İnci Eviner will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, to be held between 11 May and 24 November 2019. Curated by Zeynep Öz, the presentation will take place at a dedicated location at the Arsenale.

İnci Eviner’s work usually takes drawing as a starting point and comprises a large body of multi-layered pieces that range from paintings and video to performative and collaborative practices. Eviner explores the formation of subjectivity, and her work touches on the workings of power and the politics of representation, especially with regards to the female body. The complex set of relations that Eviner forms between video technologies and painting tradition proposes a different kind of perception.

She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. She has been invited to participate in numerous biennials including the Sharjah Biennial (2017), Aichi Triennale (2016), Istanbul Biennial (2013 and 2005), Thessaloniki Biennale (2013), Asian Art Biennial (2013), Busan Biennale (2010), Shanghai Biennale (2008) and Venice Biennale (1997). Among the museums where her works have been exhibited are the Drawing Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille and Istanbul Modern.

Eviner was a winner of the Sharjah Biennial Prize (2017), and she was an artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for Art (California, 2017), Rauschenberg Foundation (Florida, 2017), SAM Art Projects (Paris, 2010), Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine, 2009), Cité internationalé des Arts (Paris, 2008) and International Studio & Curatorial Program (New York, 2004-2005).


Concept of 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial announced

on Wednesday, 16 December 2015. Posted in January, ---2016---

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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' will run from 22 October to 4 December 2016.

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.

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Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley at the Press Conference of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial at the Archeological Museum Istanbul, Photo: Muhsin Akgun

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
DESIGN ROUTINELY CONSTRUCTS RADICAL INEQUALITIES
DESIGN IS EVEN THE DESIGN OF NEGLECT
“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 in 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.

Rather than a singular design branding, a number of young Turkish graphic designers – Pemra Ataç, Yetkin Başarır, Özge Güven, Okay Karadayılar, and Sarp Sözdinler – will work on different dimensions of the biennial, from the streets to the publications, to the exhibition, and to the online activities. The multiplicity of visual identities will be treated as an integral part of the reflection on design rather than simply packaging or communication. Likewise, the exhibition architecture by Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation particularly (Roberto Gonzalez Garcia, Laura Mora, Federico Landi) will act as clusters of interactive clouds for reflection and discussion. Evangelos Kotsioris is the Assistant Curator of the project and the online dimensions are being directed by Iván López Munuera.

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial exhibitions will be held in Galata Greek Primary School, DEPO and Studio-X. The details of the biennial’s events programme will be announced later in 2016.

Curatorial Theme for 15th Istanbul Biennial Announced

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Posted in January, ---2017---

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Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset. Photo: Muhsin Akgün, IKSV

Titled ‚a good neighbour’ and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset the exhibition will deal with multiple notions of home and neighbourhoods, exploring how living modes in our private spheres have changed throughout the past decades. „Home is approached as an indicator of diverse identities and a vehicle for self-expression, and neighbourhood as a micro-universe exemplifying some of the challenges we face in terms of co-existence today,” the curators explained in the press conference.
Photographs by Turkish artist Ali Taptık were projected behind 40 performers posing the question, what it means to be a good neighbor at the press conference. The photos are part of a series he produced in Istanbul in relation to the theme.

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One of the performers at the Press Conference for the 15th Istanbul Biennial. Photo: Ilgin Erarslan Yanmaz

The biennial will be accompanied by an international billboard campaign, created by graphic designer Rupert Smyth together with artists. The campaign, which will be realised through collaborations with multiple cultural institutions worldwide, questions the ways in which neighbourhoods have changed all around the world. The 15th Istanbul Biennial will take place between 16 September and 12 November 2017.

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