Gülsün Karamustafa at Hamburger Bahnhof

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

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From 10 June - 23 October 2016, Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof will house a comprehensive solo exhibition of Gülsün Karamustafa's titled 'Chronographia'. Regarded as one of Turkey's most important artists of the 20th century, Karamustafa has been included in many international group exhibitions; 'Chronographia' will be her first extensive solo exhibition in a museum setting outside of Turkey to date.

Gülsün Karamustafa (b. 1946) is regarded as one of the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century in Turkey, where her work has been a decisive influence on younger generations of Turkish artists since the 1990s. Internationally her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions.

Karamustafa's oeuvre stretches from the middle of the 1970s to the present day and encompasses various media, including painting, installation, performance art and video. In terms of content, the main emphasis of her work lies on questions of migration, politically-induced nomadism, pop culture, feminism and gender, and critical analysis of the Western view on Middle-Eastern countries. While the media-specificity and materiality of her work since the 1970s have seen an evolutionary development in art-historical terms, the same themes permeate all phases and forms of her creative output and are of unmistakable relevance to current debates. The exhibition in the Hamburger Bahnhof, including about 100 works, is designed to make these ramifications and cross-connections visible by showing the works not in chronological order, but in a thematic arrangement which brings them into dialogue with each other.

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition will be published by Verlag für Moderne Kunst.

Gülsün Karamustafa, Trellis of My Mind (Detail), 1998
Gülsün Karamustafa, Trellis of My Mind (Detail), 1998, Courtesy the artist and Rampa

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