Opening: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7pm
Artists: Artıkişler Collective, bak.ma, Bilge Emiroğlu, Ege Berensel, Rojda Tuğrul, Sevgi Ortaç, Oktay İnce, Barış Seyitvan
Curators: Özge Çelikaslan, Gordana Nikolić
The exhibition concerns the production of counter-narratives of the image of the political landscape in Turkey. As we experience socio-spatial transformation through oppressive state policies, forced migration, upside-down urban transformation projects in Turkey, this exhibition as a collective process of alternative imaginings indicates how we want to speak up for them “here and elsewhere”. A selection of engaging videos and transmedia works by artists from the Turkish diaspora and those living in Turkey will be presented, featuring images of civil disobedience and social movements, online archival practices, found footage methodologies and image and text based artistic researches.
Özge Çelikaslan is a media scholar, visual artist and archivist. A member of the Artıkişler and bak.ma archive collectives, she is involved in artistic and political projects that focus on the politics of image, forced migration, urban labour, counter-archiving and social movements. She is the former director of KozaVisual (Istanbul, Ankara), a platform for discussions on collective artistic methodologies, visual ethnography of urban transformation, political conflicts and autonomous trans-media platforms. She has participated in the following exhibitions: Video Vortex #10, 2014; Istanbul Biennial, 2015; Transmediale 2016, and also in a wide range of art and academic projects, exhibitions, panels and festivals as an artist, researcher and curator. She pursues her academic research into the politics of archiving and counter-archive practices at the Braunschweig University of Arts in Germany. She has co-edited the books Surplus of Istanbul (2014) and Autonomous Archiving (2016, dpr-barcelona), and has also contributed to publications on film, video activism and archiving.
Artıkişler Collective (Istanbul, Berlin, Karlsruhe)
The collective’s work engages not only histories of video activism, but also the fields of sociology and anthropology, in an ongoing effort to produce affective influences on their audiences. Their recent exhibitions Surplus of Istanbul (2014–15) and The Fire and the Wedding (2012–13) took place in Istanbul, Diyarbakır, Belgrade, and Berlin. Recent group exhibitions include The Good Cause: Architecture of Peace and Vocabulary of Hospitality, Studio-X, Istanbul (2015), and the 3rd Çanakkale Biennial (2012). Notable works include Memory (2010) and Haunted Reason (2012), a large video installation entitled Imagining I-IV was part of Salt Water, the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015). The Collective has made several publications and contributed texts to several journals, fanzines and books.
bak.ma (archive collective, Istanbul, Ankara, Berlin, Karlsruhe)
bak.ma is a digital media archive of social movements. It aims to reveal the recent political history of Turkey with audio-visual recordings, documentation and testimonies. The content of the online archive includes visual and textual data on social movements such as the Gezi Park uprising in 2013, the TEKEL (tobacco) workers’ resistance in 2009-2010, May Day marches and various other protests from 1977 to the present day, including specific demonstrations, events, meetings, talks by feminist, queer groups, civic rights activists and ecological initiatives. Visual recordings and documents produced by various media activists, groups and actors of incidents have been gathered by the members of the archive collective.
Bilge Emiroğlu (lives and works in Berlin)
Bilge Emir was born in 1993 in Ankara, Turkey. She works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, and has been studying at the Weissensee Academy of Art in Berlin. Her works are accessible online: www.cargocollective.com/bilgemir
Ege Berensel (lives and works in Ankara)
Ege Berensel is a media artist, archivist, visual researcher and editor based in Ankara. He has lectured on Aesthetics and Criticism at the Middle East University Ankara. His video installation “here (t) here” was exhibited at the “B Zone” at KW Berlin in 2005, and then at the Fundació Antoni Tapies, in Barcelona in 2007. His work “Hill Doesn’t Chant Anymore” was exhibited at the 10th International İstanbul Biennial. In 2015, his multi-screen video installation “Dinamo Mesken” was exhibited at the SALT Ulus Gallery.
Rojda Tuğrul (lives and works in Vienna)
Rojda Tugrul is an interdisciplinary artist from Diyarbakir, primarily working on research-based theories concerning identity in relation to space. Her projects generally examine this binary relationship through photography and audio-visual installations. Following an MSc in Veterinary Science, she graduated from Mardin Artuklu University in 2016, obtaining an MA in fine arts. Currently, she is undertaking a PhD in artistic practice and has a teaching position at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Sevgi Ortaç (lives and works in Istanbul)
Sevgi Ortaç (Istanbul, 1984) is a visual artist, a member of the Kuçe Food Collective and a part-time lecturer at Koç University in Istanbul. She often works with video and printed material, deals with the production of heritage and everyday life, and is curious about the powers of affect and the politics of commoning.
Oktay İnce (lives and works in Izmir)
Oktay İnce is a video activist and a documentary filmmaker; he has been documenting the protests and forced migration of Kurdish and other minorities in Turkey since the 1990s. He was the co-founder of Karahaber and VideA, the first video activist collectives in Turkey. He was first arrested for his activism in the wake of the 1980 coup d’état in Turkey, and was sentenced to six years in prison. In the last 20 years, he has been detained by the police more than 40 times while documenting various demonstrations and protests. He is currently fighting to retrieve an archive worth 20 years of his work, which was seized by the Turkish authorities last year. His protests arouse the interest of international journalists, human rights organizations and PEN America. His works have been shown in numerous worldwide platforms.
Barış Seyitvan (lives and works in Berlin)
Barış Seyitvan (Diyarbakır, 1982) is a visual artist and curator. He is the former director of the Amed Art Gallery in Diyarbakir. He has organized exhibitions with a large number of artists in different cities of the world with numerous Middle Eastern artists. He coordinated the joint project of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) and ASA (Autonomous Space Agency) in Berlin in 2017. In 2018, he was one of the coordinators of the Istanbul Art Fair. Currently, he is part of the Artists at Risk Program in Berlin.
Here and Elsewhere
Here and Elsewhere