Preview: Mamut Art Project 2017, Istanbul

Mamut Art Project’s 5th edition gathers emerging art practices in Turkey.

Mamut Art Project returns to Istanbul for its 5th edition from 26 to 30 April 2017. Art Radar picks a few highlights.

Beyza Çoruhlu, From the series Mask: Behind The Persona, 2016, photograph. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

Beyza Çoruhlu, From the series Mask: Behind The Persona, 2016, photograph. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

Mamut Art Project provides an important platform for up-and-coming creative talents working in a range of disciplines throughout Turkey. 2017 marks the 5th edition of Mamut Art Project, which is held between 26 and 30 April at Istanbul’s KüçükÇiftlik Park.

Kaan Sofuoğlu, ‘Phole-AL’, 2016, game art. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

Kaan Sofuoğlu, ‘Phole-AL’, 2016, game art. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

50 artists were selected from over 1000 applications by a jury of five multi-disciplinary experts comprising Sarkis, Elif Bayoğlu, Övül Durmuşoğlu (curator at documenta 13 and 13th International Istanbul Biennial and selected by Artsy as one of the 20 Most Influential Young Curators of Europe), Murat Alat and Ali Raif Dinçkök. Art Radar picks a few highlights among the artist projects and events.

Burak Becheren (and Krüw), 'Ma Milkshakes', 2017, screenprint poster. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

Burak Becheren (and Krüw), ‘Ma Milkshakes’, 2017, screenprint poster. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

2. Krüw

KRÜW is an Istanbul-based artist collective with 20 artists from different fields including illustrators, sculptors and street artists. For the 5th edition of Mamut, KRÜW has created an exclusive series of works involving different interpretations of various iconic art pieces, which gives the title of “ikonz” to the series. One of the objectives of the collective is to demonstrate that art should be accessible, therefore all works in “ikonz ” are editioned silkscreen prints and will be available with affordable prices during four days at Mamut.

Performance line-up. Mamut Art Project 2017.

Performance line-up. Mamut Art Project 2017.

2. Mamut Performance Programme

Mamut Art Project for the first time this year includes a dedicated performance space with a performance programme curated by Simge Burhanoğlu, Founder of Performistanbul, and Seyhan Musaoğlu, Founder of Space Debris. In its first year, Mamut Performances 2017 explores the question “How are you?”, investigating what lies beneath this ordinary question through performance art. 16 artists to perform in this section were selected by the curators following the open call for applications.

Beril Ece Güler, From the series “Familia”, 2016, fine art print, 40x60cm. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

Beril Ece Güler, From the series “Familia”, 2016, fine art print, 40 x 60 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

3. Beril Ece Güler

Beril Ece Güler was born and raised in Istanbul and graduated with a Film and TV degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2015. Travelling is a great inspiration for her photography and film work. After graduation she spent seven months in South America travelling around the continent and participated in a group exhibition (“Oxytocin: Experiments on Trust”) before preparing her “Familia” series of works for the Mamut Art Project.

Can Görkem Halıcıoğlu, From the series TOFAŞK, 2016, fine art print, 50x70cm. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

Can Görkem Halıcıoğlu, From the series “TOFAŞK”, 2016, fine art print, 50 x 70 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

4. Can Görkem Halıcıoğlu

Can Gorkem Halıcıoğlu was born in Muş in 1989. In 2011 he started his education in photography at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Since then his personal projects on social documentaries and portraits have been selected for various shows, including a joint exhibition organised in San Francisco, entitled “A Portrait of Turkey’s Gezi Park movement”. Furthermore last month his collage work on “metropolis and its people” was exhibited at Beşiktaş square in İstanbul as a part of Beşiktaş International Photography Festival.

 

Mert Keskin, ‘NETWAVE / RAREWAVE’, 2017, GIF, video collage, 3D animation, mixed media, 3x55cm 1080p LED TV. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

Mert Keskin, ‘NETWAVE / RAREWAVE’, 2017, GIF, video collage, 3D animation, mixed media, 3 x 55 cm, 1080p LED TV. Image courtesy the artist and Mamut Art Project.

5. Mert Keskin

Since his early exposure to video game consoles and computers – an Atari at five, a Commodore 64 at seven and an Amiga at 13 – Mert Keskin, better known as Haydiroket, has always been drawn to the digital world. Having access to a personal computer at a young age, he unleashed his potential when he began creating digital artworks for Demoscene groups in the mid 1990s. His work resembles the aesthetic of 8-bit colour graphics seen in early Nintendo, Sega and Commodore devices. After establishing a strong presence on Tumblr (HAYDIROKET), the company asked him to become one of their official GIF editors, and he has since collaborated with other talented artists on the platform. Haydiroket is also the leader of an electronic band, Midiroket, and has interests in glitch art, video mapping, animation and photography.

Rebecca Close

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