As the 15th Istanbul Biennial opens this autumn, the city comes alive with collateral art events.
The 15th Istanbul Biennial launched on 16 September 2017. Art Radar highlights three not-to-miss events taking place across the city during the biennial’s opening month.
The 15th Istanbul Biennial will run until 12 November 2017 across different venues in the Turkish city, incluing Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School, Pera Museum, ARK Kültür, Yoğunluk Artist Atelier and Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hamam.
During the lenght of the biennial, Istanbul comes alive with diverse art events across its plethora of art spaces and institutions. Contemporary Istanbul art fair just recently closed on Sunday 17 September, marking another successful year for the art market in Turkey.
Art Radar has selected three events not to miss this September and October, taking place around the biennial.
1. “Past meets Present” — Anna Laudel Contemporary
7 September – 13 October 2017
Anna Laudel Contemporary is hosting a group exhibition entitled “Past meets Present”, co-curated by Huma Kabakcı and Mine Küçük, and showcasing a selection of works by 16 Turkish and international artists including; Sami Aslan, Burçak Bingöl, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Ahmet Civelek, Onur Hastürk, Patrick Hough, Bilal Hakan Karakaya, Seçil Kınay, Hasan Kıran, Maude Maris, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Murat Palta, Shahpour Pouyan, Gazi Sansoy, Elvan Tekcan and Pınar Yolaçan.
The exhibition concept draws inspiration from the setting of the show itself: the site was the Ottoman Post Office in the early 20th century. The historical context, coupled with the international outlook of the gallery, provides the appropriate perspective for the idea of redefining the past through contemporary art.
“Past meets Present” also presents a programme of parallel activities as part of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, including a Curatorial Tour and Artist Talk, and a performance installation entitled “Body-The Present Flowing into the Past” presented by TORK Dance Art.
2. “Maybe, We Will Benefit from Our Neighbour’s Good Fortune” — halka art project
14 September – 14 October 2017
Curated by Işıl Eğrikavuk, the exhibition taking place in Kadıköy, on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, brings together Istanbul-based art collectives dadans, HAH and Pelesiyer, who have produced new works for this exhibition. Additionally, artıkişler (video art collective), birbuçuk (arts and ecology collective) and Istanbul Permaculture Collective are presenting a programme of parallel activities as part of the exhibition.
The show is an extension of an academic collaboration between Brighton University, UK and Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, the exhibition brings together collectives that incorporate cooking, eating, cultivating, co-existing and environment in their work. The show further investigates if arts, collective producing, solidarity, cooking and cultivating, which also generate the idea of neighbourhood, can be considered as alternative ways to protest.
The title of the exhibition comes from an old idiom in Turkish language which means one can benefit from the achievements and the abundance of the neighbours around. The exhibition questions the traditional interpretation of one’s ‘neighbour’, exploring the current dynamics of solidarity and inviting the audience to be a part of an alternative model of communication and expression.
3. “ONE”: A 9000-Year-Old Ritual, Presented by Nazlı Gürlek — ANAMED
23 September 2017
In collaboration with Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and Performistanbul, Nazlı Gürlek’s performance entitled “ONE” will be presented on Saturday 23 September between 5-8 pm at ANAMED in Istanbul. “ONE” is organised parallel to ANAMED’s exhibition entitled “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük” that celebrates the 25th excavation season of the Çatalhöyük Research Project.
The performance is inspired by a wall painting dated around 6500 BC, discovered in Building 80 at Çatalhöyük, which is believed to have been created as part of a ritual. The project is also an attempt at an artistic adaptation of the archaeological methodology of the Çatalhöyük project based on “reflexivity, interactivity, multivocality, and contextuality”.
Gürlek re-creates the ritual through three different ways of expression including painting, documentation and movement: two nine-metre rolls of paper with drawings inspired by the Çatalhöyük painting, visual documentation of the excavation process showing the unveiling of the painting, and a live performance based on bodily movements of a performist.
C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia
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