DIDEM ERK

Didem Erk

Didem Erk selected for Manifesta 12, Palermo

With her project "I wish I could not be Traced in the Archives", Didem Erk is among five artists selected for the 5x5x5 programme of this year’s Manifesta 12 taking place in Palermo, Sicily between June 16 and November 4, 2018. In the words of Manifesta Director Hedwig Fijen: “Manifesta 12 in Palermo is a great challenge to rethink how far cultural interventions can play a role in helping re-shaping one of the most iconic Mediterranean crossroads in our history as part of a long term transformation process.“

http://m12.manifesta.org/5x5x5-selected-projects/

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House of Wisdom I Nottingham

Artists: Mohamed Abdelkarim, Burak Arıkan, Mahmoud Bakhshi, Yael Bartana, Mehtap Baydu, Kürşat Bayhan, Ruth Beale, Ekin Bernay, Burçak Bingöl, Nicky Broekhuysen, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Cansu Çakar, Ramesch Daha, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Didem Erk, Foundland Collective, Deniz Gül, Beril Gür, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, İstanbul Queer Art Collective (Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergül), Ali Kazma, Yazan Khalili, Göksu Kunak, Mona Kriegler, Fehras Publishing Practices, Elham Rokni, Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand, Sümer Sayın, Erinç Seymen, Bahia Shehab, Walid Siti, Ali Taptık, Erdem Taşdelen, Özge Topçu, Viron Erol Vert, Ali Yass, Eşref Yıldırım, Ala Younis

Curators: Collective Çukurcuma (Naz Cuguoğlu and Mine Kaplangı)

Public Programme Curator: Cüneyt Çakırlar
Exhibition Dates: 28.09 – 27.10.2018
Venues: Bonington Gallery Vitrines and Atrium of Nottingham Trent University’s Art and Design Faculty, Bromley House Library, Five Leaves Bookshop and Primary.
Opening: 27 September, Thursday 5-8 pm at Bonington Vitrines and Atrium

“To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries. Everywhere else we may be bound by laws and conventions-there we have none.” 
Virginia Woolf, How Should One Read a Book, 1925

*House of Wisdom (Bayt-al Hikma) was a library founded in the beginning of the 8th century in Baghdad, where thousands of books in various languages from different regions, on philosophy, art, science, and history were housed. Researchers from different regions came together to make research, and work on techniques of translation, writing, and discussion.

**House of Wisdom is a mobile and ever-evolving library/exhibition curated by Collective Çukurcuma. It was previously shown at Dzialdov (Berlin, 2017), IKSV Building (Public program of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2017) and Framer Framed (Amsterdam, 2017).

House of Wisdom Nottingham is produced and organised by Queer Art Projects and made possible by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants with the support of Nottingham Trent University, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Bromley House Library, Primary and Five Leaves Bookshop.

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The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is pleased to invite you to:

VIDEO ECHOES: WAVES FROM THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Mounira Al Solh (LBN/NLD) | Heba Amin (EGY) | Marianna Christofides (CYP)
Didem Erk (TUR) | Sigalit Landau (ISR) | Hrair Sarkissian (SYR)
Oraib Toukan (JOR/PLE) | Stefanos Tsivopolous (GRE)


Curated by Victor Griss
Opening: Thursday 30 August, 6-8pm


The exhibition runs until 30 September 2018

 

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The Unwritten Library: An Exhibition Trilogy

annex M
Curated by Anna Kafetsi

Participating Artists: Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abοu Rahme, Didem Erk, Dora Garcia, Gary Hill, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Jorge Méndez Blake, Dominique Petitgand, Thodoris Prodromidis, Kyrillos Sarris and Judith Westerveld.

The newly established Annex M, a visual arts centre in Athens Concert Hall, is organising a trilogy of exhibitions focusing on Books/Readers/Writers to take place during Athens 2018 World Book Capital.
Revolving around this threefold theme, these three exhibitions seek to explore the complex networks of relations and interconnections emerging at the intersection of textuality and orality, book/text and body, private and public space.


The Last Reader
Duration: 10 July–16 September 2018
Venues: Garden and Project Space
Screenings: Atrium

The trilogy begins on the topic of reading and the dialogic relationship between the reader and the book/text. 
Bodies and voices, the sounds of language, and multiple reading possibilities, ‘the texture of the reading’ (recitation, public reading, text read like a piece of music, song/written score) according to poet Aleksei Kruchenykh, interpretation and its uncertainties, impossibility of understanding, translation, reading as community, as exit from the self/the study and entrance into life, into the public realm, reality as a book/text – these are all topoi of a new reading condition with no limits, revealed through the diversity of readings of the visual art works and the exhibition text.
The act of reading as image, emotion, performative experience and rehearsal, as a collective/participatory process, or alternative activism, is a constant negotiation between the fictional and the real. An area in which, par excellence, new forms of subjectivity and new collectivities emerge. 15 audiovisual installations by 10 international artists will be on view in large screens and displays in the Garden and the Project Space.
The summer exhibition will be open in the evening (19:00–24:00 daily). 

 

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"Gece" / "Night"

Dedicated to writer Bilge KARASU and his book "Night"

Kolaboratif Performans Önerisi / Collaborative Performance Proposal

Réalisateur/Curator : Didem Erk

Sanatçılar / Artists : Âli Yeşilova (vocal artist), Bahadır Cihangir Genç (photographer), Didem Erk (visual&prose artist), Duygu Demir (cellist), Eşref Yıldırım (installation artist), Karahan Kadırman(performance artist), Orçun Baştürk (Drummer), Özgün Yüzen (electric guitarist), Pınar Derin Gencer (performance artist), Sumru Ağıryürüyen (vocal artist), Şengül Durucu (poet)

Eski Datça Otel (public bar)

27 Mart / March 2018, Salı / Tuesday
20:00-23:00

 

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Nonlinear Histories: Transgenerational Memory of Trauma

Nonlinear Histories: Transgenerational Memory of Trauma
Downtown Central Library in Glendale
ReflectSpace Gallery

Artists:
Jean Marie Casbarian | Eileen Claveloux | Didem Erk | Hrayr Eulmessekian | Silvina Der Meguerditchian | Hrair Sarkissian | Harry Vorperian

Curators:
Ara Oshagan & Anahid Oshagan and Isin Onol

March 17 – May 6, 2018
Opening: Saturday March 17, 2018
Reception: 5-8 pm
Lecture: Marianne Hirsch at 7 pm
“Forty Days and More: Connective Histories”

Downtown Central Library
ReflectSpace Gallery | PassageWay
222 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205

For further information and images; http://isinonol.com/nonlinear-histories-transgenerational-memory-of-trauma/

 

 

2017 November, "House of Wisdom" | "Bilgelik Evi", Framer Framed, Amsterdam

 

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CURATORS: Collective Çukurcuma (Naz Cuguoğlu and Mine Kaplangı)

ARTISTS: Mohamed Abdelkarim, Burak Arıkan, Mahmoud Bakhshi, Yael Bartana, Mehtap Baydu, Kürşat Bayhan, Ekin Bernay, Burçak Bingöl, Nicky Broekhuysen, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Cansu Çakar, Ramesch Daha, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Didem Erk, Foundland Collective, Deniz Gül, Beril Gür, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, İstanbul Queer Art Collective (Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergül), Ali Kazma, Yazan Khalili, Göksu Kunak, Mona Kriegler, Fehras Publishing Practices, Elham Rokni, Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand, Sümer Sayın, Erinç Seymen, Bahia Shehab, Walid Siti, Ali Taptık, Erdem Taşdelen, Özge Topçu, Viron Erol Vert, Ali Yass, Eşref Yıldırım, Ala Younis

 

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2017, September, House of Wisdom | Bilgelik Evi, IKSV Building, Istanbul

Artists: Mohamed Abdelkarim, Burak Arıkan, Mahmoud Bakhshi, Yael Bartana, Mehtap Baydu, Kürşat Bayhan, Ekin Bernay, Burçak Bingöl, Nicky Broekhuysen, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, İstanbul Queer Art Collective, Cansu Çakar, Ramesch Daha, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Didem Erk, Viron Erol Vert, Deniz Gül, Beril Gür, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Ali Kazma, Yazan Khalili, Göksu Kunak, Mona R. Kriegler, Fehras Publishing Practises, Elham Rokni, Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand, Sümer Sayın, Erinç Seymen, Bahia Shehab, Walid Siti, Ali Taptık, Erdem Taşdelen, Özge Topçu, Ali Yass, Eşref Yıldırım, Ala Younis.

Curators: Collective Çukurcuma (Naz Cuguoğlu and Mine Kaplangı)

Exhibition Dates: September 12 – November 12, 2017, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM

Location: Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building, Ground Floor, Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No: 5, Istanbul

** House of Wisdom is realised within the scope of the 15th Istanbul Biennial’s Public Programme.

 

2017 September, "Home is a Place Called Never" | "Ev İmkansız Denen Yerdir", X-IST, Istanbul

 

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Home Is A Place Called Never

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Curator: Işın Önol

07 September - 14 October 2017

Didem Erk's first solo exhibition "Home Is a Place Called Never" will be on view at x-ist from September 7 to October 14, 2017

In her first solo exhibition "Home Is a Place Called Never", on view at x-ist from September 7 to October 14, 2017, Didem Erk presents recent works encompassing performance, video, installation and text. In a seven-piece cycle of performance videos and photographs, realized in isolated bays around Datça and on Cyprus, the artist addresses the concepts of language, memory, migration and border.

In the double-channel performance video "Home is a Place Called Never", eponymous to the exhibition title, the artist can be seen standing still in the breakwater, holding two flags made of printed fabric. This gesture may at first glance look like a call for help or a gesture of resistance. The two flags however, held at a 45-degree angle signify "cancel / disregard signal" in the maritime semaphore language. The two video channels show views into opposite directions: One from Datça towards the Aegean Sea; the other from Datça towards the Mediterranean and the Island of Symi, which has been the destination of myriad migrant passages.

Curated by Işın Önol, the exhibition "Home is a Place Called Never" assembles works that aim to understand how memory gets erased or enforced, perhaps depending on the intensity of pain, on the various shores that migration departs from, or seeks to reach.

In what follows, an excerpt is given from a conversation between Işın Önol and the artist that can be found in the exhibition catalogue:

"Real life, however, is too wild to be real. When we look at the recent and ancient history of humanity, we see that the human being is too "inhumane" to be real. And yet everything is so real, given all the witness accounts, that the human being is too human to be real. And what Cyprus experienced in 1974 and before, and even after, is so human that it cannot be real. This is the human being's testimony to and amazement at humanity; it is the testimony to evil which surprises each time, and each time the victim has to prove this inhuman humanity that is too real to be true: as bad as evil. In all these testimonies, what maybe puts us in a tight spot is to prove to the perpetrator his cruelty. Rather than learning not to be cruel, humans - who are at the same time their official historiographers - have learned to hide and deny their cruelty. Considering the phenomenon of official history, Cyprus is a very special place. And so is Lefkoşa/Nicosia which is still the only divided capital today. Datça between two seas and Lefkoşa/Nicosia between two cities. What have you witnessed in these places?

 

Twin images, construction of invisible walls. A state of monologue on its own, traumas, paranoias and mourning. Mourning is a way of transformation, but it seems that the people of Cyprus could not experience it in a healthy way. Even if the walls and the barrels get removed, the invisible walls have taken root in the individuals. Like a lover that one cannot break up with, or a fatality one cannot cope with. But they did not want to get intimate and in one night they burned the blankets made of clothes that the Greeks had abandoned. Numbers were placed on the houses, which prevented them from becoming home. It made the residence uncomfortable and kept feelings of guilt alive. As for Datça, there is no form of political existence other than being between two seas. And this is normal for everyone: to jump in a boat, make people immigrate and get paid for it. Although it is not legal of course, nobody is surprised by the people who do it. I found pieces of boats in the Gereme bay in Datça, I gathered them. I went home later; the news I read told that the bodies of refugees had washed up on the shore and it seems that the boat pieces that I had gathered were part of an escape. They cried out loud, demanding not to be kept secret. I had to hear it. It has drowned that night, I had to remember it."

 2017, September, "Siyah Gürültü" | "Black Noise", Akbank Sanat, Istanbul

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Artists:
Burak Arikan | Servet Cihangiroglu | Didem Erk | Richard Jochum | Mirko Lazovic | Cengiz Tekin | Anna Vasof

Curators:
Ekmel Ertan & Isin Onol

9 September – 18 November 2017
Akbank Sanat
Istanbul

In fields such as audio engineering, electronics and physics the colour of noise refers to the spectrum of energy that it carries. White, pink or black noise have different characteristics. Black noise is a type of noise where the dominant energy level is zero throughout all frequencies, with occasional sudden rises; it is also defined as silence.

Contrary to general consideration, sound and silence are not each other’s opposite, but they are mutually inclusive. Their complex relationship becomes visible in this impossible set: sound is a superset of silence, and silence of sound; and both are contained by that which they contain. Silence has a sound, and with it, a measurable, transformable power. The opposite of this proposition is also possible: when sound loses its content, context, and meaning, it is transformed into noise, and noise into silence. Becoming silent and silencing do not point to a loss of power, and neither does the presence of noise refer to the existence, or the acquisition of power.

Sessizlik in Turkish, created by a negative suffix denoting a lack of sound, is synonymous with the word “silence”, which is also used as a verb in western languages with the meaning of “causing to become silent; prohibiting or preventing from speaking”. Although often used in expressions that imply a tense and passive period of anticipation before and/or after an event, such as the silence of death, silence of the lambs, silence before the rain; silence, in fact, is loaded with sound and action. On the other hand, while sound is a representation of expression, action, co-existence, and nature, sometimes it is not more powerful than in its absence.

The contemporary art project, Black Noise, explores the complex relationship between sound and silence; it focuses on the transformation, the function, the functionlessness, the poetry, the occasional meaninglessness, and sometimes on the power of sound, as a means of artistic expression, in various different spheres. By activating the wide range of associations created by sound and silence, the exhibition encourages the works that carry social references to communicate with one another and with the viewer.

2017 September, "Hayatta Kalma Kiti"| "Survival Kit", Space Debris Art, Istanbul

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Survival Kit

Dates: September 8 – October 7, 2017
Opening: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Artists: 
Larissa Araz, Cansu Çakar, Özgur Demirci, Didem Erk, Dmitriy Filippov, Evgeny Granilshchikov, Dmitriy Lyashenko, Irina Petrakova, Marina Ragozina, Eşref Yıldırım

Curators: Collective Çukurcuma (Serhat Cacekli & Naz Cuguoğlu), Nikolay Alutin

The exhibition “Survival Kit” sets out to raise questions on subtlety in artistic practices within countries that develop low intensity democracies, in this instance Turkey and Russia, and invites artists to research possible methodologies of survival in the context of (self)censorship.

“Survival Kit” can be perceived as an attempt to remove the ambiguity by establishing a certain framework that may or may not be mandatory for contemporary art to function in the future to come. By collaborating for six months, five Turkish and five Russian artists researched different methodologies, such as camouflage and irony, to create works that are both united by the idea of “subtle art” yet divided by their specific subjects & practices.

 

2017 September, TarraWarra International 2017: All that is Solid, TarraWarra Museum, Australia

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All that is solid ...
TarraWarra International 2017
September 2–November 12, 2017 

TarraWarra Museum of Art 
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road 
Healesville Victoria 3777
Australia 
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm 

T +61 3 5957 3100 
F +61 3 5957 3120 
museum@twma.com.au 

www.twma.com.au 

Curated by Victoria Lynn, All that is solid ... is the third iteration of the TarraWarra International, a regular series in the Museum’s program designed to showcase leading contemporary practice in a global context. 

The worlds created by the artists in this exhibition and the situations that have inspired them are characterised by forms of transition, change and fluidity. Didem Erk (Turkey), Cao Fei (China), Tom Nicholson (Australia), Patrick Pound (Australia) and Cyrus Tang (Australia) each work with "non-solid" processes such as dissolution, tearing, cutting, melting, ruination, chewing, piercing and cancelling.

The phrase, "all that is solid melts into air" is widely considered to represent a modernist impulse where each action causes a contrary reaction. The desire to tear down what has gone before and replace it with something new was part of a revolutionary compulsion common to the historical avant-garde. The artists in this exhibition take an alternative approach. They work across epochs, cultures and artistic disciplines. Rather than attempting to replace the past, they connect with it, often retaining the source materials for their artworks. For many of the artists exhibited here, the archive is an important generator of ideas.

These artists introduce us to events, situations, conditions and environments that have arisen in periods of great change, precarity and transformation. They become our guide, and the artwork is not something solid, but part of a fluid process of exploration. Diverse elements are combined, "co-belonging" in the artworks, while memories are not dissolved and replaced so much as invoked and situated by the artists.


2017 September, Survival Kit, Ural Biennial, Yekaterinburg

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2017 May, Kuşla Göz Arasında// In the Blink of a Bird, DEPO, IstanbulDidem Erk

 

"House of Wisdom - Bilgelik Evi", Dzialdov, Berlin

Curators:
Naz Cuguoglu
Mine Kaplangı

Artists:

Mohamed Abdelkarim, Burak Arıkan, Mahmood Bakhshi, Yael Bartana, Mehtap Baydu, Kürşat Bayhan, Ekin Bernay, Burçak Bingöl, Nicky Broekhuysen, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Cansu Çakar, Ramesch Daha, Didem Erk, Viron Erol, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Deniz Gül, Beril Gür, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Ali Kazma, Yazan Khalili, Göksu Kunak, Fehras Publishing Practises, İstanbul Queer Art Collective, Mona R. Kriegler, Elham Rokni, Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand, Sümer Sayın, Erinç Seymen, Bahia Shehab, Walid Siti, Ali Taptık, Erdem Taşdelen, Özge Topçu, Ali Yass, Ala Younis, Eşref Yıldırım


Opening: 29 April 2017
Dates:
30 April - 21 May

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"Blow Up: Kavunu Gördüm", SALT Galata, Istanbul

Artists:
Aslı Narin, Didem Erk, Elif Süsler, Şafak Çatalbaş

Opening: 20 April
Dates: 20 April-23 April

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"Are You Still Alive? – Voices of Conscience at a Time of Silencing"

Steirische Kultur Initiative, Graz, Austria

Curators:
Isin Önol
Michael Petrowitsch

Venue: Steirische Kultur Initiative
Address: Burggasse 9, 8010 Graz

Artists:
Didem Erk, Berat Işık, Zeyno Pekünlü

Opening: 24 March 2017, 7 pm
Dates: 25 March – 21 April

The exhibition, an intervention at a public office building in Graz, invites personal voices and artistic responses to the experience of witnessing the unspeakable at a time of silencing. In particular, it reflects individual, political, and artistic struggles within the current political landscape of Turkey.

Provoked by an ostensibly simple question, “What is going on in Turkey?”, the exhibition can be perceived as a geography-specific response, weaved from the subjective positions of the invited participants. While the country is going through a complex and historically intricate process, its inhabitants’ individual and collective acts today can only strive to contribute to possible futures, and conclusions about the historical facts. What they can show us today are individual efforts for staying safe, yet humane, dignified and gracious.

Berat Isik, Didem Erk, and Zeyno Pekünlü’s work, brought together in this particular context and exhibited at a non-conventional and atypical space for art, a public office for social security, juxtaposes individual positions that evoke hope, sympathy, and grace in the face of systemic atrocities that have replaced reasonable discourse. The title Are You Still Alive? is borrowed from a recent exhibition by Diyarbakir-based artist Berat Isik, which shaped the main framework for this exhibition.

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Imago Mundi – Mediterranean Routes

Cantieri Culturali Alla Zisa – ZAC – ZISA Zona Arti Contemporanee,Feb 18 – Mar 10 2017

The Mediterranean Sea, an ancient crossroads of civilizations, cultures and histories. Dedicated to the peoples of this common space, “Mediterranean Routes” is an exhibition of Imago Mundi collections from the 19 countries bordering the Mare Nostrum, on display in Palermo from 18th February to 10th March as part of the Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo at Cantieri Culturali Alla Zisa – Spazio Zac – Zona Arti Contemporanee. The waters of the Mediterranean, navigated since ancient times by fishermen, merchants, soldiers and explorers, are a place of meeting and intersection, fusion and socialization, synonymous with prosperity and openness for the civilizations born on its shores, and for those nearby, who turn their gaze to the sea. Imago Mundi has chosen to dedicate this new exhibition to the Mare Nostrum (Our Sea, as the Mediterranean was known to the Romans), whose ‘our’ aspires to be an expression of belonging on the part of all nations who share this sea, this cradle of Western civilization: from the Middle East, with Palestine and Israel, Syria and Lebanon, to the African coast, with Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, crossing Europe from the far west of Portugal to Greece and Turkey through Spain, France and Italy, with a focus on Campania and Sicily, and beyond, through Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia. The exhibition offers an unprecedented and original contemporary insight into this area with the sea at its heart: the 21 collections, almost 3,500 artworks by as many artists, collectively explore new routes across this sea which in recent decades has also become a barrier, identified with tragedy, despair and death. The show includes the exhibition “Shame and Soul”: British photographer Giles Duley and Syrian artist Semaan Khawam, exiled in Lebanon, both present in their respective Imago Mundi collections, dialogue with each other through their own art. A video-documentary traces the highlights of their meeting, which took place in Beirut in January. Their story becomes a symbol of how no barriers exist between humans, when hearts beat as one. “Mediterranean Routes” thus proposes a comprehensive picture of the Mediterranean Sea, which, despite the dramatic events of our times, still wishes to be a constructive symbol of hope, opportunity, future and beauty.

http://www.imagomundiart.com/exhibitions/imago-mundi-mediterranean-routes




 

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Stay with me

Artists´ Diaries from Istanbul
26 October 2016 to 08 January 2017
21er Haus
The exhibition Stay with me assembles notebooks and journals created by more than 60 artists in the context of experiences they had during the protests at Gezi Park in Istanbul in 2013.

In the spring of 2013, protests against urban planning measures for the square occurred at Gezi Park. During the following week, a wave of demonstrations spread over Taksim square and seized the whole country. People organized in a decentralized manner and gathered for more than 5,000 events, around 3.5 million took to the streets. The demonstrations which were suppressed using extraordinary amounts of violence left eleven dead and more than 8,000 injured. Since the summer of 2013, the inner political situation has continued to aggravate. Is it possible to keep the hope of the time alive?

The exhibits on show allow to discern the different approaches open to an art rooted in self-assertion: retaining the magic of shared moments, capturing the menace on paper, projecting oneself to a different place, remembering experiences through abstraction.

Stay with me was initiated by artist Selda Asal.

With contributions from Ali Miharbi, Anti-Pop, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Ata kam, Ayşe Küçük, Azra Deniz Okyay, Balca Ergener & Meltem Ahıska, Berkay Tuncay, Burçak Bingöl, Carla Mercedes Hihn, Ceren Oykut, Christine Kriegerowski, Çiğdem Hasanoğlu, Devrim Ck, Devrim Kadirbeyoğlu, Didem Erk, Eda Gecikmez, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Elif Çelebi, Elmas Deniz, Endam Acar & Fırat Bingöl, Erdağ Aksel, Erhan Öze, Erdem Helvacıoğlu, Eser Selen, Fatma Belkıs, Fatma Çiftçi, Ferhat Özgür, Figen Aydıntaşbaş, Fulya Çetin, Genco Gülan, Gonca Sezer, Gökçe Süvari, Gökhan Deniz, Göksu Kunak, Gülçin Aksoy, Gül Kozacıoğlu, Gümüş Özdeş, Güneş Savaş & Eren Yemez, Güneş Ter kol, Gözde İlkin, Hale Tenger, Hubert Sommerauer, İnci Furni, İpek Duben, Kınay Olcaytu, Melike Kılıç, Merve Çanakçı, Merve Şendil, Mischa Rescka, Murat Tosyalı, Nalan Yırtmaç, Nancy Atakan, Nazım Dikbaş, Neriman Polat, Nick Flood, Nurcan Gündoğan, Onur Ceritoğlu, Onur Gökmen, Özgür Atlagan & Bengi Güldoğan, Özgür Demirci, Özgür Erkök Moroder, Özge Enginöz, Rüçhan Şahinoğlu, Raziye Kubat, Sabine Küpher Büsch & Thomas Büsch, Seda Hepsev, Seçil Yersel, Sena Başöz, Senem Denli, Sevim Sancaktar, Sevil Tunaboylu, Sevgi Ortaç, Suat Öğüt, Sümer Sayın, Şafak Çatalbaş, Ulufer Çelik, Yaprak Kırdök, Yasemin Özcan, Yasemin Nur, Yavuz Parlar, Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Zeyno Pekünl.

 

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Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira le Hasard //
A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance //
Bir Zar Atımı Asla Ortadan Kaldırmayacak Rastlantıyı //

Pilot Açılış / Opening: 30.09.2016 Friday, 18:30 - 20:30
30 Eylül - 5 Kasım //
30 September - 5 October

ÖZGÜR DEMİRCİ
ELMAS DENİZ
DİDEM ERK
LEE GARCIA
HACER KIROĞLU
ALİCAN LEBLEBİCİ
ALİ MİHARBİ
CEYLAN ÖZTÜRK
İREM TOK
ŞENER ÖZMEN
SEDA YILDIZ

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Istanbul Codex
Contemporary Artists from Turkey
Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection

227 works that give a real time snapshot of the art scene in a complex country, suspended between East and West, between Islamization and modernization, between advancement and untamed growth. Creativity, culture and art that can play an important role in enhancing an identity founded on the particularity of Turkey, a country between two worlds. Art that transcends boundaries, breaks rules and restrictions, bypasses all is, as in every Imago Mundi collection, the common thread of this collection that rightly also includes 20 works by Kurdish artists, the largest ethnic group in the country.

Istanbul Codex. Contemporary Artists from Turkey is an Imago Mundi collection, a cultural, democratic, global, non-profit project, promoted by Luciano Benetton with the aim of creating the widest possible mapping of the different contemporary artistic experiences of our world. In Imago Mundi, each country is represented by the works of established artists and new talents, commissioned with the maximum freedom of expression, whose only constraint is the 10×12 cm format.

 

http://imagomundiart.com/artworks/didem-erk-put-your-foot-your-root

 

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KAĞIT ÜZERİNE // ON PAPER

Tarih: 01 Nisan 2016 Cuma - 07 Mayıs 2016 Cumartesi

Yer: Mixer

1 Nisan 2016 – 7 Mayıs 2016

Açılış: 1 Nisan Cuma, 18:00

Date: April 01, 2016 Friday - May 07, 2016 Saturday

Location: Mixer

1 April 2016 – 7 May 2016

Opening: 1 April Friday, 18:00

Sanatçılar // Artists: Pınar Akkurt, Aslımay Altay, Kaan Bağcı, Berkay Buğdanoğlu, Nermin Er, Murat Han Er, Didem Erk, Melike Kılıç, Çağla Köseoğulları, Alican Leblebici, Ali İbrahim Öcal, Melis Önalan, Esma Paçal, Seçkin Pirim, Ali Sarugan, Candaş Şişman, Kerim Yetkin

 

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Üç Ayaklı Masa: Bir Organizma // Three Legged Table: An Organism

11-19 Mart 2016 // 11-19 March 2016, REM Art Space

Sanatçılar//Artists : Didem Erk, Elif Süsler, Şafak Çatalbaş

Çukurcuma Caddesi No: 20 Beyoğlu – İstanbul

www.remartspace.org

 

Didem Erk

STAY WITH ME 84 artist notebooks on the Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul 2013.
When: 16th January - 12th February 2016
Where:
DE KIJKDOOS Public Space, Amsterdam
Opening: 16th January at 6.30pm

Stay with me is composed of notebooks of 84 participants that indicate limitless fear, insecurity, existence in obscurity as well as hope, reality, future and the ‘moment’. The exhibition was initiated by Apartment Project Berlin after the Gezi Park protest in 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. Stay with me is a traveling exhibition visiting Berlin, Istanbul, Bremen, and now Amsterdam.


Participants: Ali Miharbi, Anti-Pop,  Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Ata kam,  Ayşe Küçük,  Azra Deniz Okyay, Balca Ergener & Meltem Ahıska, Berkay Tuncay,  Burçak Bingöl, Carla Mercedes Hihn, Ceren Oykut,  Christine Kriegerowski, Çiğdem Hasanoğlu,  Devrim Ck,  Devrim Kadirbeyoğlu, Didem Erk,  Eda Gecikmez, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Elif Çelebi, Elmas Deniz, Endam Acar & Fırat Bingöl, Erdağ Aksel, Erhan Öze, Erdem Helvacıoğlu, Eser Selen, Fatma Belkıs, Fatma Çiftçi, Ferhat Özgür, Figen Aydıntaşbaş, Fulya Çetin, Genco Gülan, Gonca Sezer, Gökçe Süvari, Gökhan Deniz, Göksu Kunak, Gülçin Aksoy, Gül Kozacıoğlu, Gümüş Özdeş, Güneş Savaş & Eren Yemez, Güneş Terkol, Gözde İlkin, Hale Tenger, Hubert Sommerauer, İnci Furni, İpek Duben, Kınay Olcaytu,  Melike Kılıç, Merve Çanakçı, Merve Şendil, Mischa Rescka, Murat Tosyalı, Nalan Yırtmaç, Nancy Atakan, Nazım Dikbaş, Neriman Polat, Nick Flood, Nurcan Gündoğan, Onur Ceritoğlu, Onur Gökmen, Özgür Atlagan & Bengi Güldoğan, Özgür Demirci, Özgür Erkök Moroder, Özge Enginöz, Rüçhan Şahinoğlu, Raziye Kubat, Sabine Küpher Büsch & Thomas Büsch, Seda Hepsev, Seçil Yersel, Sena Başöz, Senem Denli, Sevim Sancaktar, Sevil Tunaboylu, Sevgi Ortaç, Suat Öğüt, Sümer Sayın, Şafak Çatalbaş, Ulufer Çelik, Yaprak Kırdök, Yasemin Özcan, Yasemin Nur, Yavuz Parlar, Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Zeyno Pekünlü
Backstage: Selda Asal

 

Didem Erk

THROUGH THE BARRICADES

"Through the Barricades", curated by Andrea Bruciati, is promoted by BJCEM in collaboration and with the support of the Municipality of Milan and with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
It takes its title from a famous song by Spandau Ballet, one of the most famous bands of the 80s. It is exactly in that decade that the BJCEM adventure started, with Tendencias, an exhibition held in Barcelona in 1984. Through the Barricades wants to highlight the unique spirit, characterized by research and experimentation, that has been promoted by the Biennale over the last 30 years, through some of the brightest talents that emerged from the participation to the 16th past editions.

Artists involved: IRWIN, Grazia Toderi, Miltos Manetas, Vanessa Beecroft, Eulalia Valldosera, Adel Abdessemed, Vasco Araújo, Tobias Putrih, Erzen Shkololli, Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Ayreen Anastas, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Haris Epaminonda, Damir Očko, Didem Erk and Ayman Ramadan.
Opening December 3rd, La Fabbrica del Vapore, 7 pm.

http://www.bjcem.org/through-the-barricades/
http://milano-eventi.it/mostra-through-the-barricades/27476


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STAY WITH ME

Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen - Centre for Artists' Publications - Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst

Pressemitteilung:

Einladung zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung
Stay With Me

im Rahmen des Ausstellungsprojektes "Im inneren der Stadt" des Studienzentrums für Künstlerpublikationen des Museums Weserburg.

Samstag, 25. Juli 2015 um 19.00
Ansgaritorstraße 5-9, Bremen-Mitte

Die Ausstellung "Stay with me" zeigt Notizbücher von 85 Künstler*innen, in denen sie ihre Erinnerungen an die Gezi-Proteste in Istanbul bearbeiten. Darin kommen Angst, Unsicherheit, die Existenz im Verborgenen sowie Momente der Hoffnung, Wirklichkeit und Zukunft eines kollektiven Widerstands zum Vorschein.

Im Mai 2013 und den darauf folgenden Monaten gingen hunderttausende Menschen erst in Istanbul und später in vielen Teilen der Türkei gegen die Regierung Recep Tayyip Erdoğans auf die Straße. Die Proteste hatten mehrere Todesopfer und tausende Verletzte zur Folge. Der Titel "Stay with me" beschreibt den Moment letzter Anstrengung, in dem die Hoffnung zu schwinden drohte. Der Slogan "Halte durch, gib nicht auf" wurde zum Ausdruck einer kollektiven Motivation, durchzuhalten. In der Ausstellung lebt dieser Moment wieder auf.

Aus dem Ausstellungstext von Selda Asal:

Davor und auch danach starben viele Menschen, wurden getötet. Kriege sind nicht zu Ende und werden es niemals sein. Kriegsrecht, nicht zu rechtfertigende Hinrichtungen, Militärregierungen, Völkermorde ... Wirklich, was hat uns in jenen Zeiten am Leben gehalten ... Wie haben wir das, was passiert ist, gesehen? Was haben wir gesehen? Oder konnten wir überhaupt sehen? Wenn wir nicht mehr in der Lage waren zu sehen, was hat uns erblinden lassen?

Vielleicht haben wir uns an vieles gewöhnt, sind immun gegen alles geworden.
Vielleicht sind wir abgestumpft, weil wir jede Nacht die "Live-Berichterstattung" verfolgt haben. Ja, wahrscheinlich haben wir deshalb so oft durch die Kanäle geschaltet und anderen Träumen erlaubt, uns in ihren Bann zu ziehen. Ja, das war das Vergessen, und wir haben gelernt zu vergessen.

Ich kehre zur ersten Frage zurück: Was war es? Was ist passiert?
Kennen wir die Antwort?
In jedem Augenblick geschah so viel, dass der Satz zu unserer eigenen Täuschung feststand. Aber wir konnten einfach nicht mithalten.
An einem Punkt, als wir einfach nur da standen, begann etwas anderes. Wir waren auf den Straßen. Seite an Seite. Wir kannten uns nicht einmal, aber wir standen Seite an Seite. Wir waren dort. Wir haben gelernt, unsere Türen offen zu halten, Eimer voll Wasser vor die Wohnung zu stellen und im Falle einer Festnahme ein Dokument mit unseren Rechten an der Wohnungstür zu hinterlassen. Wir twitterten uns gegenseitig die Situation aus jeder Straße, die wir passierten.

Es war Hoffnung. Der Geist der Solidarität, die Herausforderung, Seite an Seite zu stehen. Dann ... Nichts hat sich geändert. Wir zogen uns von der Außenwelt zurück.
Jetzt sind wir müde. Ist es möglich, sich an diese Hoffnung noch einmal zu erinnern?
Wir müssen irgendwo anfangen ...

Das Projekt "Stay with me" setzt hier an und verbindet Notizen, Dokumentation und Zeichnung, um mit der Assoziation dieser Erzählungen die Hoffnung, die wir hatten, wiederaufleben zu lassen.

Beteiligten Künstler*innen:
Ali Miharbi Anti-Pop Aslı Çavuşoğlu Ayşe Küçük Azra Deniz Okyay Balca Ergener-Meltem Ahıska Berkay Tuncay Burçak Bingöl Carla Mercedes Hihn Ceren Oykut Christine Kriegerowski
Çiğdem Hasanoğlu Devrim Karabeyoğlu Didem Erk Eda Gecikmez Ekin Saçlıoğlu Elif Çelebi Elmas Deniz Endam Acar Erdağ Aksel Erhan Öze Erdem Helvacıoğlu Eser Selen Evrensel Belgin Fatih Aydoğdu Fatma Belkıs Fatma Çiftçi Ferhat Özgür Figen Aydıntaşbaş Fulya Çetin Genco Gülan Gonca Sezer Gökçe Suvari Gökhan Deniz Göksu Kunak Gülçin Aksoy Gul Kozacıoglu Gümüş Özdeş Güneş Savaş Güneş Terkol Gözde İlkin Hale Tenger Hubert Sommerauer İlhan Sayın İnci Furni İpek Duben İremTok Komet Leyla Gediz Lebriz Rona Melike Kılıç Merve Çanakçı Merve Şendil Mischa Rescka Murat Tosyalı Nalan Yırtmaç Nancy Atakan Nazım Dikbaş Neriman Polat
Nurcan Gündoğan Onur Ceritoğlu Onur Gökmen Özgür Demirci Özgür Erkök Moroder
Özge Enginoz Ruchan Şahinoğlu Raziye Kubat Sabine Küpher Büsch-Thomas Büsch Seçil Yersel Sena Başöz Senem Denli Sevim Sancaktar Sevil Tunaboylu Sevgi Ortaç Suat Öğüt Sümer Sayın Şafak Çatalbaş Ulufer Çelik Yaprak Kırdök Yasemin Özcan Yasemin Nur Yeşim Ağaoğlu
Zeyno Pekünlü
Back-stage: Selda Asal und Iver Ohm

Eröffnung: Samstag, 25. Juli 2015 um 19.00

Ort: leerstehendes Ladenlokal des Einkauzentrums Loydhof
Ansgaritorstraße 5-9, Bremen-Mitte

Web: http://www.weserburg.de/index.php?id=870



Didem Erk

"Her Tercih Diğer İhtimaller İçin Bir Dışlamadır" | "Every Incusion is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities"

09 June – 02 August 2015

SALT Beyoğlu

Meriç Algün Ringborg, Can Altay, Francis Alys, Iván Argote, Kutluğ Ataman, Ed Atkins, Gökçen Cabadan, CANAN, Banu Cennetoğlu, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Elmas Deniz, Haris Epaminonda, Cevdet Erek, Didem Erk, Ayşe Erkmen, Leyla Gediz, Emre Hüner, Oliver Laric, Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins, Jonathan Monk, Ahmet Öğüt, Şener Özmen, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Zeyno Pekünlü, Erinç Seymen, Fiona Tan, Zhou Tao, Hale Tenger, Gözde Türkkan, Jordan Wolfson

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Performing Memory| Performans Belleği

10 June – 13 September 2015

Plato Sanat, curator: Marcus Graf

Burak Delier, Nezaket Ekici, Didem Erk, Genco Gülan, Erdal İnci, Hacer Kıroğlu, Burçak Konukman, Ferhat Özgür

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Stay With Me at Depo Gallery

  • Opening: Tuesday 12 May, 18:30
  • Dates: 13 May 2015 - 7 June 2015

 

At a point, as we were just standing there, "something" else began. We were on the streets. Side by side. We didn't even know each other, but we were side by side. We were there. We had learned to keep our doors open and in case of arrest, to post a document showing our rights on the door of the apartment, and to note the situation on every street we passed, and tweet it to one another. 
This was hope itself. The spirit of solidarity, the challenge, standing side by side. 
Is it possible to remember this hope? 
We have to start somewhere... 
Stay with me project takes from here; taking notes, documenting, drawing; remembering the hope with the association of these narrations. 
The title Stay with me is chosen because it expresses a last resort when the hope is fading "hold on, don't give up". It grew as a slogan that expresses a collective effort where everyone is involved and holding on together. 
Stay with me project is composed of notebooks that indicate limitless fear, insecurity, existence in obscurity as well as hope, reality, future and the "moment", by 84 participants.

The project is initiated by Selda Asal. Participating artists are:
Ali Miharbi, Anti-Pop, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Ata kam, Ayşe Küçük, Azra Deniz Okyay, Balca Ergener - Meltem Ahıska, Berkay Tuncay, Burçak Bingöl, Carla Mercedes Hihn, Ceren Oykut, Christine Kriegerowski,Çiğdem Hasanoğlu, Devrim Ck, Devrim Kadirbeyoğlu, Didem Erk, Eda Gecikmez, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Elif Çelebi, Elmas Deniz, Endam Acar - Fırat Bingol, Erdağ Aksel, Erhan Öze, Erdem Helvacıoğlu, Eser Selen, Fatma Belkıs, Fatma Çiftçi, Ferhat Özgür, Figen Aydıntaşbaş, Fulya Çetin, Genco Gülan, Gonca Sezer, Gökçe Süvari, Gökhan Deniz, Göksu Kunak, Gülçin Aksoy, Gül Kozacıoğlu, Gümüş Özdeş, Güneş Savaş - Eren Yemez, Güneş Terkol, Gözde İlkin, Hale Tenger, Hubert Sommerauer, İnci Furni, İpek Duben, Kınay Olcaytu, Komet, Lebriz Rona, Leyla Gediz, Melike Kılıç, Merve Çanakçı, Merve Şendil, Mischa Rescka, Murat Tosyalı, Nalan Yırtmaç, Nancy Atakan, Nazım Dikbaş, Neriman Polat, Nick Flood, Nurcan Gündoğan, Onur Ceritoğlu, Onur Gökmen, Özgür Atlagan - Bengi Güldoğan, Özgür Demirci, Özgür Erkök Moroder, Özge Enginöz,Rüçhan Şahinoğlu, Raziye Kubat, Sabine Küpher Büsch - Thomas Büsch, Seda Hepsev, Seçil Yersel, Sena Başöz, Senem Denli, Sevim Sancaktar, Sevil Tunaboylu, Sevgi Ortaç, Suat Öğüt, Sümer Sayın, Şafak Çatalbaş, Ulufer Çelik, Yaprak Kırdök, Yasemin Özcan, Yasemin Nur, Yavuz Parlar, Yeşim Ağaoğlu and Zeyno Pekünlü    




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PopUp Exhibition

KARGART, İstanbul

17.02.2015

Participating artists: Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Gülçin Aksoy, Rafet Arslan, Buse Aktaş, Ruth Anderwald, Ruben Aubrecht, Maria Anwander, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Mahmut Celayır, Cins, Veysel Deneç, Bülent Demirağ, Özge Enginöz, Didem Erk, Eda Gecikmez, Tan Cemal Genç, Pınar Derin Gençer, Pilar Guinea Gil, Leonhard Grond, Genco Gülan, Erdem Gündüz, Asena Hayal, Burçak Konukman, Raziye Kubat, Batool Mohamad, Yeşim Şahin, Sevil Tunaboylu, Ján Valík , Joen Vedel

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MILANO

FABBRICA DEL VAPORE

5 th Dec. 2014 – 11th Jan. 2015 "SUBVERSION OF THE SENSIBLE"

Curated by Marco Trulli

Gruppo A12 (IT), Charbel Samuel Aoun (LB), Embroiderers of actuality (Abdelaziz Zerrou - MA; Aglaia Haritz - CH), Gian Maria Tosatti (IT), Alexandros Kaklamanos (GR), Sigurdur Atli Sigurdsson (IS ), Khaled Jarrar (PS), Didem Erk (TR), Moussa Sarr (F)

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stay with me

Apartment Project, Berlin

“Stay with me”

Before and even after, many people died, were killed. Wars have not yet ended and never will. Martial law, unjustifiable executions, military governments, gynocides… Really, what kept us alive during those periods… How did we look, what was happening, what did we see, were we able to see? If we weren’t able to see, then what was it that had blinded us? Maybe we had grown accustomed to a lot, we had become immune to it all. Maybe listening to all the coverage entitled “live broadcasts” every night had inured us. Yes, this was probably why we changed channels so often and thus, were allowing other dreams to draw us into new realms. Yes, this was called forgetting, and we had managed to learn how to do this. I am returning to the first question: What was it ? What happened? Do we know the answer? There was so much happening at every single moment that the sentence we had constructed to fool ourselves was ready; we just weren’t able to keep up.

At a point, as we were just standing there, “something” else began. We were on the streets. Side by side. We didn’t even know each other, but we were side by side. We were there. We had learned to keep our doors open, to put buckets full of water in front of the apartment, and in case of

arrest: to post a document showing our rights on the door of the apartment, and to note the situation on every street we passed , and tweet it to one another.

This was the hope itself. The spirit of solidarity, the challenge, standing side by side. Then… Nothing changed. We clammed up.

Now, we are tired. Is it possible to remember this hope? We have to start somewhere…

‘Stay With me’ project takes from here; taking notes, documenting, drawing; remembering the hope with the association of these narrations.

The title ‘Stay with me; is chosen because it expresses a last resort when the hope is fading “hold on, don’t give up’. It grew as a slogan that expresses a collective effort where everyone is involved and holding on together.

‘Stay with me project’ is composed of notebooks that indicate limitless fear, insecurity, existence in obscurity as well as hope, reality, future and the ‘moment’, by 84 participants.

Ali Miharbi, Anti-Pop,  Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Ata kam,  Ayşe Küçük,  Azra Deniz Okyay, Balca Ergener & Meltem Ahıska, Berkay Tuncay,  Burçak Bingöl, Carla Mercedes Hihn, Ceren Oykut,  Christine Kriegerowski, Çiğdem Hasanoğlu,  Devrim Ck,  Devrim Kadirbeyoğlu, Didem Erk,  Eda Gecikmez, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Elif Çelebi, Elmas Deniz, Endam Acar & Fırat Bingöl, Erdağ Aksel, Erhan Öze, Erdem Helvacıoğlu, Eser Selen, Fatma Belkıs, Fatma Çiftçi, Ferhat Özgür, Figen Aydıntaşbaş, Fulya Çetin, Genco Gülan, Gonca Sezer, Gökçe Süvari, Gökhan Deniz, Göksu Kunak, Gülçin Aksoy, Gül Kozacıoğlu, Gümüş Özdeş, Güneş Savaş & Eren Yemez, Güneş Terkol, Gözde İlkin, Hale Tenger, Hubert Sommerauer, İnci Furni, İpek Duben, Kınay Olcaytu,  Melike Kılıç, Merve Çanakçı, Merve Şendil, Mischa Rescka, Murat Tosyalı, Nalan Yırtmaç, Nancy Atakan, Nazım Dikbaş, Neriman Polat, Nick Flood, Nurcan Gündoğan, Onur Ceritoğlu, Onur Gökmen, Özgür Atlagan & Bengi Güldoğan, Özgür Demirci, Özgür Erkök Moroder, Özge Enginöz, Rüçhan Şahinoğlu, Raziye Kubat, Sabine Küpher Büsch & Thomas Büsch, Seda Hepsev, Seçil Yersel, Sena Başöz, Senem Denli, Sevim Sancaktar, Sevil Tunaboylu, Sevgi Ortaç, Suat Öğüt, Sümer Sayın, Şafak Çatalbaş, Ulufer Çelik, Yaprak Kırdök, Yasemin Özcan, Yasemin Nur, Yavuz Parlar, Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Zeyno Pekünlü
Backstage: Selda Asal



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CARTE BLANCHE TO NİL YALTER

Curator: Nil Yalter

  • MARY BETH EDELSON
  • DIDEM ERK
  • PARASTOU FOROUHAR
  • HÉLÈNE HOURMAT
  • BIRGIT JÜRGENSSEN
  • SIGALIT LANDAU
  • YASEMIN ÖZCAN
  • DILEK WINCHESTER
GALERIST

22.05.2014 - 21.06.2014


Didem Erk

13th Istanbul Biennial

14 September – 20 October 2013

“Mom, Am I Barbarian?” | “Anne, Ben Barbar mıyım?”

Curator: Fulya Erdemci

Venues: Antrepo no.3- Galata Greek Primary School –ARTER- SALT Beyoğlu- 5533

For any Further Information : http://13b.iksv.org/en/

Artists: Ádám Kokesch, Agnieszka Polska, Akademia Ruchu, Alice Creischer&Andreas Siekmann, Amal Kenawy, Amar Kanwar, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Angelica Mesiti, Annika Eriksson, Ayşe Erkmen, Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Basim Magdy, Bertille Bak, Carla Filipe, Carlos Eduardo Felix da Costa (Cadu), Christoph Schäfer, Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado,, Claire Pentecost, David Moreno, Didem Erk, Diego Bianchi, Edi Hirose, Elmgreen & Dragset, Falke Pisano, Fernanda Gomes, Fernando Ortega, Fernando Piola, Freee (Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt, Mel Jordan), Goldin+Senneby, Gonzalo Lebrija, Gordon Matta-Clark, Guillaume Bijl, Halil Altındere, Hanna Farah Kufr Birim, Héctor Zamora, Hito Steyerl, HONF Foundation, İnci Eviner, İpek Duben, Jananne Al-Ani, Jean Genet, Jean Rouch, Jimmie Durham, Jiří Kovanda, Jorge Galindo & Santiago Sierra, Jorge Méndez Blake, José Antonio Vega Macotela, Lale Müldür & Kaan Karacehennem & Franz von Bodelschwingh, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lutz Bacher, Lux Lindner, Mahir Yavuz & Orkan Telhan, Maider López, Martin Cordiano & Tomás Espina, Maxime Hourani, Mere Phantoms (Maya Ersan & Jaimie Robson), Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Mika Rottenberg, Mülksüzleştirme Ağları, Murat Akagündüz, Nathan Coley, Newspaper Reading Club (Fiona Connor & Michala Paludan), Nicholas Mangan, Nil Yalter & Judy Blum, Peter Robinson, Praneet Soi, Provo, Proyecto Secundario Liliana Maresca, Rietveld Landscape, Rob Johannesma, Rossella Biscotti ,Santiago Sierra, Şener Özmen, Serkan Taycan, Shahzia Sikander, Stephen Willats, Sulukule Platform, Tadashi Kawamata, Thomas Hirschhorn, Toril Johannessen, Vermeir & Heiremans, Volkan Aslan, Wang Qingsong, Wouter Osterholt & Elke Uitentuis, Yto Barrada, Zbigniew Libera




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Bufferzone: Checkpoint

Opening: October 5th, 2013, Saturday 18:30

DEPO/ Tütün Deposu Lüleci Hendek Caddesi No.12 Tophane 34425, İstanbul

Exhibition Dates: October 5th-November 10th 2013

Visiting hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00-19:00

Apartment Project will be hosted by DEPO between October 5th and November 10th with their concluding works from the Bufferzone workshop, exhibited under the title “Checkpoint”

The exhibition, as a part of the collaboration of the Apartment Project, the EMAA (Mediterranean European Art Association – Nicosia) and Uqbar (Berlin), consists of works by; Hasan Aksaygın, Özgür Demirci, Didem Erk, Gabriele Garavaglia, Anna Heidenhain & Frederic Lezmi, Naomi Hennig, Eleni Mouzourou, Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli, Erhan Öze, pick nick projects, Sümer Sayın, and with special invitations from participating artists of the “Bufferzone” workshop; Sabine Küper-Büsch &Thomas Büsch, Şafak Çatalbaş and Hüseyin Yılmaz.

Bufferzone workshop, being the first of a series of workshops that focuses on divided cities and buffer zones, took place in Istanbul and Nicosia in March and April. The project aims at taking a closer look at divided cities, buffer zones, and ancient city walls, contrasting; fenced sovereign nation, gated communities // demographic cultural and social class segregations, and how we define those who reside beyond borders, “the other”.

The first workshop “bufferzone” has been shaped with the notion of digging deeper into conceptual layers of dividedness and borders as well as initiating a study with mobile experience, involving an exploration with communal living and working dynamics.

The workshop participants together have developed diverse approaches to the concepts of polarization, gentrification and various manifestations of ‘border’ within the urban landscape. These approaches depict a wide panorama, from ‘the borders as a control mechanism’ to ‘the state of mind of mutual surveillance’; while drawing through the visible/in-visible walls between neighborhoods inflicted by urban transformations, revealing the micro economies and ecologies within the landscape. Checkpoint is a body of work developed solely by the artists’ diverse approaches, collective and individual practices, presented by Apartment Project, at DEPO until 10th of November.

The Bufferzone project is supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

http://www.apartmentproject.org

http://www.buffer-zone.org




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“Sketching the Bufferzone”

May 24th –June 8th, 2013

Opening: May 24th Friday 2013, 18:30

Polistar

The participants from Berlin, Istanbul and Nicosia; Hasan Aksaygın, Özgür Demirci, Didem Erk, Gabriele Garavaglia, Anna Heidenhein, Frederic Lezmi, Naomi Henning, Eleni Mouzourou, Erhan Öze, Pick Nick Projects (Panayiotis Michael, Maria Petrides, Alkis Hadjiandreou), Sümer Sayın, Şafak Çatalbaş ve Varsity of Maneuver (Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli) from Berlin, İstanbul and Nicosia aims to approach the bufferzone via conflicted districts, mapping a geography, borders and control mechanisms, studying the concept with its different economic and sociological consequences.

bufferzone, organized in 2013 in collaboration with Uqbar from Berlin and EMAA (European Mediterranean Art Association) from Nicosia, is an experimental workshop and a cultural collaboration project within cultural organizers and artists. Besides offering a mobile experience with the process, involving the dynamics of collective living and production, bufferzone aims to contemplate about the concepts of disunity and borders through their various layers.

Sketching the Bufferzone is a project that manifests its behind-the-scenes in order to share different research topics that emerged during the workshop and the artists’ opinions on bufferzone, with the audience. Following the project, the final productions of the artists will be presented as an exhibition and a publication in October in İstanbul and in 2014 in Berlin.

Since the first workshop Reciprocal Visit in 2009, Apartment Project organizes experimental workshops that gather/bring artists, initiatives and art operators from various geographies together. In these workshops it fosters an experimental process that focuses on transition and borders, cultural similarities, conflicts as well as encouraging collaborations amongst the artists.

bufferzone, being the last one of these workshop series, aims to create a space for shared strategies that will be developed on a new experience platform.

Polistar:

Hoca Ali Sok No. 6/4

Beyoğlu, Istanbul,Turkey

Visting Hours: Tue.-Sat. 13:00-18:30

http://istanbul.apartmentproject.com/

http://www.buffer-zone.org/




Didem Erk

TAKING SITE

21 Nisan-04 Mayıs 2013 arası İstanbul 5533 Sanat Mekanında atölye çalışması ve Leipzig D21 Sanat Mekanında naklen yayın olarak eşzamanlı sergi olacak.

Açılış: 20 Nisan, saat 16.00–19.00 arası

Kapanış: 4 Mayıs, 16.00–19.00 arası

Mekan salı-çumartesi günleri saat 15.00–19.00 arası seyircilere açıktır.

Ilgin Abeln, Chloë Bass, Anne Baumann, Lars Bergmann, Jan Blessing, Lena Brüggemann, Didem Erk, Constanze Hein, Devrim Kadirbeyoğlu, Şefik Özcan, Hannah Sieben, Michael Tolmachev, Burcu Vjunk, Arzu Yayıntaş & Neriman Polat, Mi You

Teknik Uygulama: westfernsehen.net

5533 sanat mekanı İstanbul' da, Türkiye'den ve Almanya'dan küratör ve sanatçıların katılımıyla düzenlenen “site-specific” sanat üzerine bir workshop eşzamanlı olarak D21 sanat mekanına Livestream aktarılacak ve hem workshop hem de onun çıktıları, günlük olarak çapını genişleterek, D21 sanat mekanında sergilenecek. Alışılageldik biçimde, bitmiş bir sürecin kalıntılarıyla yüzleştirilen ziyaretçi, bunun aksine D21 sanat mekanına süreç olarak akümüle edilen sergiyi gözlemleyip katılım sağlayabilecek. Serginin bulunduğu süre zarfında 5533 ve D21 sanat mekanlarında yapılacak konferanslar ve performanslar her iki mekanda da deneyimlenebilecek biçimde organize edilecek.

Bu workshop, “site-specific” sanatın potansiyellerini ve mekanın, içinde bulunduğumuz toplumlardaki anlamını, şimdiye kadarki politika ve kimliklerimizin hareket kabiliyetini sorguya açarak inceliyor. Sanatçılar politik öznenin belli bir oluş biçimini, apayrı bir mekandaki çalışmaları aracılığıyla tematize edebilirler mi? Bu oluş biçiminin 'öteki'ne aktarılması talebinde bulunabilir mi? İstanbul 5533/Leipzig D21 işbirliğiyle ve Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen ve Kulturamt der Stadt Leipzig ve Halka Art Project ve European Cultural Foundation desteklerle gerçekleşecek.

http://www.d21-leipzig.de

Workshop at 5533, Istanbul, exhibition at D21 art space, Leipzig 21.04. – 04.05. 2013

Vernissage: 20.04., 4pm -7pm

Finissage: 04.05., 4pm - 7pm

With: Ilgin Abeln, Chloë Bass, Anne Baumann, Lars Bergmann, Jan Blessing, Lena Brüggemann, Didem Erk, Constanze Hein, Devrim Kadirbeyoğlu, Şefik Özcan, Hannah Sieben, Michael Tolmachev, Burcu Vjunk, Arzu Yayıntaş & Neriman Polat, Mi You

Technical realisation: westfernsehen.net The "Taking Site!" project will consist of a workshop about site-specificity with participants at 5533 Istanbul between April 21 and May 04, 2013 and a simultaneous exhibition "in progress" at D21 art space Leipzig. Artists and curators from Turkey, Germany, China, USA and Russia will meet at 5533, broaching the issue of their experiences and the problematics of site, in theory and practice. Via livestream the spaces are connected and lectures and performances can be experienced by the public at 5533 and D21 art space. Rather than showing relicts of a finished process, the exhibition at D21 art space will accumulate in a process. The workshop is seeking for the potential of site-specific art. Our current concepts of society, nation and city rely on sedentariness, but today´s increasing mobility challenges these concepts. Tourists and migrants are generally relieved from rights and duties of a governmental politic. Political subjectivity usually vanishes with the liberation of site.A status as a political subject – can this issue be raised, claimed and transferred to others, by artists and their work at an «alien» place? What could be site-specificity today? "Taking Site!" is a cooperation between 5533 art space Istanbul and D21 Kunstraum Leipzig. Kindly supported by Halka Art Project, European Cultural Foundation, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen and Kulturamt der Stadt Leipzig.


PUBLIC PROGRAM

all artist presentations will be in english

the lecture at the 25th will be in turkish with english translation

Sat 20.04. OPENING 4pm until 7pm. performance by Chloë Bass „Tea will be served“

Tue 23.04. 3pm Michael Tolmachev artist presentation

4:30pm Mi You - That (Political/Ethical) Space artist presentation

Wed 24.04. 4:30pm Ilgin Abeln, Anne Baumann artist presentations

Thu 25.04. 4:00pm Arzu Yayintas and Neriman Polat: „Sterile exhibitions, closed boxes...The marriage of convenience between art and gentrification“ lecture

Fri 26.04. 4:30pm Şefik Özcan - Site-Specifity: Polis-Politics and Identification artist presentation

Sat 27.04. 4:30pm Chloë Bass - The Art of Living As Research, Lars Bergmann artist presentations

Sun 28.04. Devrim Kadirbeyoglu workshop visit and artist presentation

Tue 30.04. 4:30pm Burcu Vjunk, Enrique Arce Gutierrez artist presentations

Wed 01.05. D21 open, 5533 closed

Thu 02.05. open

Fri 03.05. 4:30pm Didem Erk artist presentation

Sat 04.05. FINISSAGE 4pm until 7pm





http://www.buffer-zone.org/

About Buffer Zone;

Apartment Project is about to launch a new series of workshops in collaboration with Uqbar (Berlin) and EMAA (Nicosia) in 2013.

The workshops under the name of Buffer Zone are a cultural collaboration project within artists and cultural organizations.

The project aims to approach the notion Buffer Zone in a broader aspect by including political, cultural transitional, divided and gentrification zones besides the conventional meaning understanding of zonal areas to separate controversial groups and nations. Accordingly the project intends to think about these issues together with the artists, researchers and sociologists.

The workshops will be held in Istanbul and Nicosia with the participation of artists from Berlin, Istanbul and Nicosia. The participants have been selected amongst the proposals for the open call organized by Apartment Project and EMAA. The artists to take part in the project are Hasan Aksaygın, Özgür Demirci, Didem Erk, Gabriele Garavaglia, Anna Heidenhein, Naomi Henning, Eleni Mouzourou, Erhan Öze, Pick Nick (Panayiotis Michael, Maria Petrides, Alkis Hadjiandreou), Sümer Sayın and Varsity of Maneuver (Birgit Auf der Lauer and Caspar Pauli).

During the first workshop in Istanbul, the participants will talk about their practices besides gathering together/come together with historians, researchers and sociologists including Mesut Tufan, Nora Şeni, Orhan Esen and Yaşar Adanalı, who work on issues as such polarization on urban geography, divided cities, the division on the comprehension/perception of urban public life.

Since the first workshop Reciprocal Visit in 2009, Apartment Project organizes experimental workshops that gather/bring artists, initiatives and art operators from various geographies together. In these workshops it fosters an experimental process that focuses on transition and borders, cultural similarities, conflicts as well as encouraging collaborations amongst the artists.

Common experiences in different zones and geographies, collaboration of artists by associating their practices and creating possibilities for the production of new ideas have been the main function of the workshops Reciprocal Visit, Re-Locate and Underconstruction-Berlin that have been organized by Apartment Project so far. In this sense Apartment Project suggests a collective reflection on working together strategies.

Workshops harbor a mobile experience and an exploration of the dynamics of collective living and working. The foremost essence of the experimental structure is based on the process constructing itself and the common experience of the artists.

Buffer Zone, being the 4th project of the workshop series, intends to provide a possibility of a common experience platform for artists to develop new strategies.

For the Apartment Project’s previous workshops you can refer to the links below;

Underconstruction-Berlin

Underconstruction-Berlin

Relocate

Resiprocal Visit

Contact: info@buffer-zone.org




PANEL: Acting in the Library / Kütüphaneyi Sahnelemek

Günümüzde görsel sanatların geldiği nokta; bilgi üretimi, sanat üretimi ve sanat araştırma metodlarını tartışmaya açmıştır. Kadir Has Üniversitesi Sanat ve Tasarım Fakültesi öğretim üyelerinden sanatçı Doç. İnci Eviner de, davet edildiği bu yıl ilki gerçekleştirilen sanatsal araştırma konusunda yoğunlaşmış Gürcistan’da yapılan 1. Tiflis Trienali’nde de işte bu sorumlulukla katıldı.

Kuratörlüğünü Henk Slager ve Wato Tseretelli’nin yaptığı ana temasının ‘Offside Effect’ (Offside Etkisi) olarak belirlendiği trienalde davetli sanatçılar arasında Hito Steyerl, Stephan Dillemuth, Anton Vidokle gibi önemli isimler bulunduğu sanatçı akademisyenler kendi projelerini sergiledi ve sergilere performans, atölye ve forumlar eşlik etti.Kadir Has Üniversitesi Sanat ve Tasarım Fakültesi Öğretim Görevlisi Aslı Narin, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Tasarım Yüksek Lisans öğrencilerinden Ceren Acun, Müjde Bayraktar, Görkem Ergün, Ayşenil Şenkul, İletişim Fakültesi öğrencisi Emre Sağlam, iç mimar Orkun Aziz Aksoy, genç sanatçı Didem Erk, YTÜ Sanatta Yeterlilik öğrencisi Şafak Çatalbaş katılımıyla İnci Eviner’in rehberliğinde adı ‘Kütüphaneyi Sahnelemek | Acting in the Library’ olarak belirlenen bir dizi performans ve sergiyle yer aldı.

Öğrenciler Sanatçı Eviner’in rehberliğinde ‘Acting in the Library’ (Kütüphaneyi Sergilemek) sürecinde bazı kavramları oynadı: Mekan olarak kütüphane, bellek, kitap ve performatif okuma biçimleri, obje olarak kitap, farklı siyasi çerçeveler içinde kütüphane, bir sanat ortamı olarak kitap, bir bilgi aracı olarak kitap gibi.

Bu kavramlar ve nosyonlar, oynanarak ve deneyimlenerek yaratıcı bilgi ve araştırmayla desteklendi, sonuçta kolektif ve bireysel çalışmaların içiçe geçtiği üretimler ortaya çıktı. Böylelikle transdisipliner bir sanat eğitimi metodu deneyimleme fırsatı bulundu.

“Bu, aslında içinde bulunduğumuz sanat eğitimi krizine karşı bir çözüm arayışı idi; ve sanat eğitim yöntemleri beni uzun zamandır ilgilendiriyor, bir trienal sayesinde bunu deneyimleme fırsatı bulduk” diyen Sanatçı Eviner trienale katılma sebebini anlatıyor:

"Fakültemiz müfredatının bünyesinde bir ara eğitim alanı açmak ve bunu geniş bir çevrede açık çağrıyla duyurarak bir grup öğrenci ve genç sanatçıyı topladım. Katılımcılar böylece hoca-öğrenci hiyerarşisini aşarak dinamik bir ilişki içinde üretmeye başladılar. Sık sık davet edilen dramaturg, dansçı, sosyolog gibi konuklar hepimizin parçası olduğu bir sahnede buluştu. Burada akademi ve sanat pratiklerinin bir arada olduğu daha dinamik bir ortam oluştu; eleştiri teorilerinin sanata yapay olarak yamandığı bir eğitim sistemi yerine, sanat pratiklerinin teoriye ve dünyaya kattığı değer araştırılırken sanat yapıtlarıyla düşünmek bizi farklı sonuçlara götürdü, böylelikle herkes kendi üretim ve araştırma yöntem arayışını geliştirdi.”

 

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1st Tbilisi Triennial - CCA Offside Effect 20-10-2012- "Acting in the Library |Kütüphaneyi Sahnelemek" — in collaboration with İnci Eviner, Asli Narin, Didem Erk, Orkun Aziz, Şafak Çatalbaş, Görkem Ergün, Ceren Acun, Emre Saglam, Ayşenil Şenkul, Müjde Bayraktar - Tbilisi Literature Museum.

 

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