Art International Istanbul launches its 3rd edition
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ArtInternational Istanbul 2015 features 88 galleries from 24 countries spanning Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Central Asia, India and China. Several galleries attend the fair for the first time including VICTORIA MIRO (London), SAKSHI GALLERY (Mumbai), ASPAN GALLERY (Almaty), GARLERIE DU MONDE (Hong Kong) and AICON GALLERY (New York & London).
Turkish galleries KUAD, ÖKTEM&AYKUT and THE EMPIRE PROJECT participate for the first time, joining previous participants: .artSümer, DIRIMART, GALERIST, GALLERY NEV ANKARA, PI ARTWORKS, SANATORIUM, RAMPA, X-IST and GALERI ZILBERMAN.
Through the support of the Catalan government, twelve galleries from Art Barcelona (Associació de Galeries) participate in the fair, including ADN GALERÍA, ÀNGELS BARCELONA, GALERIA JOAN GASPAR, MIGUEL MARCUS GALLERY, N2 GALERÍA, POLIGRAFA OBRA GRÁFICA, GALERIA JOAN PRATS, GALERIA SICART, GALERIA SENDA, GALERIA CARLES TACHÉ PROJECTS, GALERIA TRAMA and VALID FOTO BCN GALLERY.
For its third edition, a number of leading galleries join ARTINTERNATIONAL, participating alongside returning exhibitors including PAUL KASMIN GALLERY (New York), PEARL LAM GALLERIES (Hong Kong, Shanghai & Singapore), KUKJE GALLERY/TINA KIM GALLERY (Seoul/New York), GALERIE LELONG (Paris), KALFAYAN GALLERIES (Athens & Thessaloniki), DEWEER GALLERY (Otegum, Belgium), ROBERT MILLER GALLERY (New York) and GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTRÖM (Stockholm & Umeå)
Stephane Ackermann, Artistic Director of ARTINTERNATIONAL has curated a series of performances, installations and interventions for the 2015 edition. This year’s programme will present works by seven artists which will be presented across the fair.
Artist and photographer Ali Taptik presents a series of images, titled ‘It’s Not Fair’. The work examines the incongruous nature of being an artist, where daily encounters and situations cut across class and social boundaries. Taptik’s images range from encounters between workers and bosses, to strolls through penthouses and construction sites. Captured over a number of years without the intention of being included as a single body of work, the artist adds a further layer to the imagery by obscuring the faces and identities of his subjects – inserting in their place his own notes about the specific people including personal details that defy generalized classifications.
New York and Istanbul-based artist Arslan Sukan draws parallels between the fashion and art scene, examining the frequently complicit relationship these two industries share in the context of the art fair. Developing work whilst at ARTINTERNATIONAL, Sukan documents the fair via a style reporter, capturing dealers, collectors and visitors alike over the course of the fair.
Berlin-based artist Burcak Konukman presents his performance ‘I am an independent artist’ – a nomadic fair booth will be moving from one place to another during the fair, symbolizing his career and international voyages he has to make to create his performances.
Artist Dominique Petitgand presents a sound installation based on sound diffused with voices, noises, music and silences. The work is presented in a dark room at the fair to enhance the short stereo sound pieces, which consist of spoken words, sound, music and silence. Fragments of stories, monologues, descriptions, exhalations, miniature landscapes, close and far sounds follow each other. Each session is structured by silences (inside the pieces and between them). Every spoken word in French is accompanied by its oral translation, in English: this added translation becomes a new sound element of the composition and constitutes a form of commentary, at once incarnated and suggestive.
Istanbul-based artist Hera Büyüktaşcıyan presents Falling Waters, a dramatic installation, which stretches from the fair’s screening room through to the main hall.
New York based artist Maya Hayuk presents one of her large-scale murals, which speak of the artist’s obsession with symmetry, perfect imperfection and outer and inner space and blend the traditional and the contemporary into works which appear as harmonic, dissonant and optimistic compositions.
Additional highlights of the programme include the debut of MOVE, a wry performance by the Berlin-based artist Nevin Aladağ, taking place in and around the fair, that explores the social ritual of moving and engaging in public space.
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Pearl Lam Galleries - Jason Martin - As yet untitled (title TBC) 2013