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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

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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

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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.

Nicolas Bourriaud to curate 16th Istanbul Biennial

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in ---2018--- , June

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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

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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.


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

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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).


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

4th Mardin Biennial 2018

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4th Mardin Biennial


The 4th International Mardin Biennial, entitled 'Beyond Words' and curated by a team consisting of Fırat Arapoğlu, Nazlı Gürlek and Derya Yücel, will be open to the public from 4 May until 4 June 2018.

Since its beginning in 2010, the International Mardin Biennial, directed by Döne Otyam and hosted by the Mardin Cinema Association, has received much acclaim both in its own region and on a global scale.

This 4th edition of the biennial will unfold in three interrelated sections: “Infinite Sight” curated by Fırat Arapoğlu, “Body Language” curated by Nazlı Gürlek and “Borders and Thresholds” curated by Derya Yücel. It will feature works by an international list of artists exploring various ways in which meaning is created and communicated beyond words – through sight, body language and space. In other words, the exhibition will bring together those specific modes of expression that are central to art-making – the visual, the bodily and the spatial.

As in the previous editions, the aim of this 4th edition is to transform Mardin’s historical buildings into creative platforms where the potential for communal space and a common language can be experienced. The German Headquarters (Alman Karargahı), Mor Efrem Monastery, Yıldız Turkish Bath, Mardin Museum stone houses, Arcaded mall shops (Revaklı çarşı dükkanları) and Carpenters’ Coffeeshop (Marangozlar Kahvesi) will be used as biennial venues.

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BEYOND WORDS – 4th International Mardin Biennials Artists List

Albena Baeva / Ali Emir Tapan / Ana Mendieta / Aslı Bostancı / Aydın Teker / Bilge Alkor / CANAN / Cengiz Tekin / Ceren Oran&Burcu Yılmaz / Chaw Ei Thein / Chris Burden / Çağrı Saray / Didem Erbaş / Eda Aslan / Emre Zeytinoğlu / Fırat Bingöl / Gizem Aksu / Guy Ben-Ner / Hasan Pehlevan / Huo Rf / İhsan Oturmak / İnsel İnal / İpek Duben / Janis Rafa / John Gerrard / Julian Stallabrass / Ken Friedman / Lewis Hine / Leyla Postalcıoğlu / Iliko Zautashvili / Magali Duzant / Mahmut Celayir / Maria Papadimitrou / MERKEZKAÇ / Metin Çelik / Mustafa Avcı / Mürsel Argunağa / Nasan Tur / Özlem Altın / Parastou Forouhar / PELESİYER / Ramize Erer / Romina Meriç / Sara Kostic / Senem Gökçe Oğultekin / Serkan Taycan / Seyhun Topuz / Simon Faithfull / Taner Ceylan / Youssef Nabil

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

15th Istanbul Biennial in Munich

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

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15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich Photo: IKSV


The 15th Istanbul Biennial collaborates with Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich to bring 12 international artists together to question the notion of home and neighbourhood between 14 December 2017 and 29 April 2018. Entitled 'a good neighbour_on the move', the exhibition is curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial and Bernhart Schwenk, head of contemporary art at the Pinakothek der Moderne.

A continuation of the 15th Istanbul Biennial entitled 'a good neighbour', the exhibition 'a good neighbour_on the move' at the Pinakothek der Moderne can be seen as a dialogue with this year's biennial illustrating how a globalised world is also changing the self-understanding of public art institutions and their exhibitions.

The exhibition features 10 artists from the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which was held between 16 September and 12 November 2017, as well as CANAN, an established contemporary artist from Turkey and Vlassis Caniaris, considered to be one of the most renowned and influential Greek artists of his generation. Artworks by these 12 artists from across the world reflect their experiences of the consequences of global conflicts, social control, perspectives on gender roles and forms of coexistence.

Participating artists:

Burçak Bingöl, born in 1976 in Giresun, lives in Istanbul
Vlassis Caniaris, born in 1928 in Athens, died in 2011 in Athens
CANAN, born in 1970 in Istanbul, lives in Istanbul
Vajiko Chachkhiani, born in 1985 in Tbilisi, lives in Berlin
Andrea Joyce Heimer, born in 1981 in Great Falls, Montana, lives in Ferndale, Washington
Gözde İlkin, born in 1981 in Kütahya, lives in Istanbul
Mirak Jamal, born in 1979 in Teheran, lives in Berlin
Mahmoud Khaled, born in 1982 in Alexandria, lives in Trondheim
Victor Leguy, born in 1979 in São Paulo, lives in São Paulo
Olaf Metzel, born in 1952 in Berlin, lives in Munich
Erkan Özgen, born in 1971 in Mardin, lives in Diyarbakir
Stephen G. Rhodes, born in 1977 in Houston, Texas, lives in Berlin

15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
15th Istanbul Biennial at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich Photo: IKSV

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

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