artists: Ali Cherri, Ana Prvacki, Anahita Razmi, Anna Konik, Bjorn Melhus, Fatma Bucak, Guido van der Werve, Güneş Terkol, Harrold Offeh, Jesper Just, Lida Abdul, Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson, Maria Jose Arjona, and Nicoline Van Harskamp, Nigel Rolfe, and Victor Alimpiev.
venue: Yapi and Kredi Cultural Center
coordinates: Istanbul, 2013-2014
The building of Yapı Kredi Cultural Center is going through a comprehensive renovation, ushering significant transformations which include new galleries, offices, and an archive both for the arts and their publishing facilities. The construction started at the beginning of 2013 and will be completed by 2014. With the implementation of the Transition project during the process of renewal, the building will host a series of live performances, screening programmes, and an exhibition accompanied by a book. The aim of the project is to turn the building, which is under construction, to a platform for discussing and experiencing intersection points between performance and moving image. At the same time, the dynamics of the space will be processed through contemporary art practices.
Transition project is an outcome of a yearlong research and collaboration between an artist, Fatma Bucak and a curator, Basak Senova. Therefore, the entire project explores the issues that have been crucial for this collaboration and the process. The project brings together artists with different areas of research and artistic approaches to ‘performance’, the common denominator of the project content. In this respect, artists reflecting on politics of identity, gender, and body through social and psychological aspects with critical approaches are the basis of this project. The last stages of Transition‘s research coincided with the Gezi Park Resistance which, in May and June 2013, spread all across Turkey. In an inevitable way, the project also entails to discuss the notions of resistance, solidarity and collective life within the framework of its program.
The project has five episodes: Three episodes present live performances and screening programmes with different thematic approaches. A fourth episode provides a discussion platform, which coincides with the 13th Istanbul Biennial. Finally, the fifth episode is dedicated to the exhibition and the book launch.
The project starts in August 2013 and will be completed by March 2014. Throughout the project, for the spatial designs and the architectural applications we work together with the architect Emre Erkal.
The participating artists are Ali Cherri, Ana Prvacki, Anahita Razmi, Anna Konik, Bjorn Melhus, Fatma Bucak, Guido van der Werve, Güneş Terkol, Harrold Offeh, Jesper Just, Lida Abdul, Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson, Maria Jose Arjona, and Nicoline Van Harskamp, Nigel Rolfe, and Victor Alimpiev.
The project was developed in collaboration with the Royal College of Art (London, UK).
02.August-23.August.2013, Tuesday-Sunday, 2pm and 4pm
“I’m not the Enemy” (2011) by Bjørn Melhus
“My Breath” (2007) by Victor Alimpiev
“Body/Military” (2004) by Lida Abdul
“Being Mammy, (Mammy’s Looks)” (2004) by Harold Offeh
11. October-1.November.2013 Screening Programme
“Transparency” (2004) by Anna Konik
“Concert for Piano and the Exact Volume of Tears Cried on Earth at any Given Moment (or 211,5 liters per second)” (2012) by Guido van der Werve
“Do It Yourself Chilvary” (2008) by Ana Prvacki
“Sirens of Chrome”(2010), by Jesper Just
“The Beauty of 4 legged animals”, (2009) by Maria Jose Arjona
Edward Thomasson and Lucy Beech
6.December- 27.December.2013, Tuesday-Sunday, 2pm and 4pm
“How your veil can help you in the case of an earthquake (Lesson 1-8)” (2004) by Anahita Razmi
“The New Latin” (2010) by Nicoline van Harskamp
“Gold – European Dream” (2010) by Nigel Rolfe
“Blu – European Dream” (2010) by Nigel Rolfe
“Blessed Are You Who Come” (2012)by Fatma Bucak
Exhibition Opening and Book Launch
17.January.2013 – 15.March.2014