"İsveç’te olmak, göçmen olmak, sanatçı olmak"

Adalar Müzesi’nde 2013 Aralık ayına kadar sürecek “Göç Bağlantıları Sergisi” kapsamında, 30 Haziran 2013 tarihinde Adaevi’nde yaptığım sanatçı sunumunun tam kaydını sizlerle paylaşacağımı iletmiştim. Nihayet bunu yapabiliyorum.


Altta iki ayrı kameranın kaydıyla tüm sunumum yeralıyor. 

İlki benim kameramdan ve yerleştirirken düşüncesizlik edip ne yazık ki projektör fanının sesini de sesime katmışım. Yine de videonun sesini biraz açarsanız, duyma sorunu yaşamazsınız.


İkincisi Harikalar Kutusu’ndan Banu Barmak’ın kaydı. Onda da ses çok geride kalmış ama benimkinde görünmeyen projeksiyon perdesini bu kayıtta izleyebiliyorsunuz. Sonuçta seçim sizin…


İsveç’e göçtükten sonra, yani sekiz yılı aşkın bir süredir İstanbul’da yaptığım ilk toplu etkinlikti bu. Göçmen kültür emekçisi kimliğiyle yüzümü kimileyin anavatanıma, kimileyin yeni şehrime ve ülkeme, kimileyin de dünyanın değişik coğrafyalarına ya da geçmiş zamana dönerek yaptığım, ettiğim, yaşantıladığım hemen her şeyi, genel hatlarıyla taşıdığımı düşündüğüm bir sunum… 


Sunumumun akışını da zaten bu blogumun zamandizimi belirledi. Değindiğim her işimin kesintisiz kayıtlarını, arkaplan öykülerini ve yankılarını bu blogun arşivinde bulabilirsiniz. Sağ yukardaki “blog içinde ara” yazan yere aradığınız işimin ismini yazmanız yeterli.

(Fotograflar: Bülent Özden / Harikalar Kutusu )

Konuklarıma, beni bir hafta Büyükada’da ağırlayan, sunumun duyurusu, belgelenmesi, konuklarımın hoşnutluğu için uğraşan tüm Adalar Müzesi ile Adaevi yönetici ve çalışanlarına, Harikalar Kutusu’na çok teşekkür ederim. 

Sunumuma dair yazacağınız her türlü yorumunuz beni sevindirir.

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Reklamlar

Tornavideo Hits The Road For Some Repair Work On Contemporary Art!

Tornavideo video-art activity

Özgen Yıldırım

Curated by Funda Oruç, Uğur Karagül
Artists: Ferhat Özgür, Gözel Radyo, Hakan Akçura, Maria Sezer, Nezaket Ekici, Ozan Adam, Şinasi Güneş

Contemporary art makes another appearance in Ankara. A new exhibition activity meets the audience in a dynamic and energetic platform. With Funda Oruç and Uğur Karagül as curators, Tornavideo exhibition will meet the audience in Tamirhane Bar, a meeting point of the youth.

When we take a look at the recent contemporary art history of Ankara down the time tunnel, we see that; the 1st -International Asia-Europe Art Biennial- in 1986 was motivating for Ankara art community. This biennial chain continued in 1998- 90- 92 years. By the end of 1980s, a student from Hacettepe University called Salim Özgilik, with the moniker -Moni-, exhibited some installations and performances challenging the established order of art environment.

Founded as a branch of the first foundation university established in Turkey in 1984, Bilkent University, Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Faculty became the focal point of innovative artists. And a group of students from Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Faculty at Bilkent University formed -Grup Grip-in-. Grup Grip-in held the -Popular Myths and Graphic Image Circulation- titled exhibition in Ankara Anfa Altınpark Exhibition Center in 1992. In 1993, -Hangar Artistic Organization- was founded by Cebrail Ötgün, Atilla İlkyaz and Cezmi Orhan. After making some important activities contributing to the contemporary art setting of Ankara, the organization split. The interesting -Gar Exhibition- held in Ankara Station in 1995 was shut in a single day. The installation of Selim Birsel, -Lead Sleep- is still engraved in our memories. -Youth Art Activity- has been organized four times, the first being in 1998. The most striking of these were -Youth Art-3- exhibition organized in Ankara Contemporary Arts Center in 2000 with Vasıf Kortun as the curator. This exhibition was really decisive in terms of historical process. If we examine this exhibition properly, we can clearly see that the artists in this exhibition today direct contemporary art movement in Turkey.

After that, the art practices in Ankara have frayed around the edges and seem to have run dry for so long. 2 young curators are making a stagnation-breaking contribution with the -Tornavideo- exhibition devoting all their dynamism into the work. -Tornavideo- exhibition activity contains the works of 7 contemporary artists: Ozan Adam, Hakan Akçura, Nezaket Ekici, Şinasi Güneş, Ferhat Özgür, Gözel Radyo and Maria Sezer.

The first Tornevideo exhibition artist is Ozan Adam, known for his experimental video and film works. The story of the artist’s film -The Two Names of A Testimony About The Execution of A Happening And A Suitcase Full of Broken Records- is mounted on some sequences from various stories in a sleeping man’s dreams. In another film of him, -Zymotic-Amaurosis: Contagious Arbitrary Blindness- he builds on how reality and subconscious are mixed up in a surreal way as a consequence of experiments performed on a blind man’s memory and dreams. The theme of these two films of the artist refers to psycho-social processes. And his film to be presented within the scope of Tornavideo exhibition is an animation. The music of this 1-minute animation called -Little Bird- is written by Ozan Akıncı. This animation is about the transformation of lines into shapes, then objects and figures by changing shape, and finally a spatial journey. This process takes place with a simple triangle turning into a pyramid object which is 3d form, then a cornered object after changing its shape, following it a human hand derived from this, and a woman figure with the re-forming of the hand, and finally transformation of this woman figure into a little bird flying in the tunnel of infinity. The artist finishes this animation, that begins with lines and turns into a bird figure and spreads into eternity, i.e. evolutionary process of forms with the idea of eternity ironically.

Another artist taking part in Tornavideo and describing himself as open flux artist is Hakan Akçura who lives in Sweden. The artist exhibited every document with the attribute of -mirror- requested from the persons on the internet according to their date of arrival in the –I Want My Mirrors– project leaving its mark on the minds of men. It should be noted that; Akçura also has some harsh and striking political works. One of them is the extraordinary video work he shot in Sweden with an individual named Abdulkadir Aygan, who once had connection with a terrorist organization [PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and JITEM (Gendarmerie Intelligence and Counterterrorism) HA] and then escaped and settled in Sweden. Akçura preferred to spread this video known as –It Is Enough That The Truth Comes Out-. The –Open Letter to Swedish Migration Board– titled video of the artist turns the residence permit extension decision waiting process of the artist in Sweden in 2006 into a video performance, and he describes this work as -for the sake of accelerating this process for myself and to support all waiting immigrants as far as possible–. The video of the artist to be presented in Tornavideo exhibition is again a video making reference to immigration and being an immigrant. His video –Catharsis– contains improvised actions of a group of immigrant youth in Stockholm. We can see the traces of being an immigrant in a foreign country, cultural entrapment, sense of belonging or shortly being stuck in between from the dictions, the musical tastes, dressing styles, dances and technological equipments of the youth.

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Another artist in Tornavideo is Nezaket Ekici, a performing artist living in Germany. Taking every social fact as a subject, women’s problems being in the first place, the artist begins with expressing artistic actions with her body and turns them into a performance. Having also installation and video works, one of the artist’s projects -Self Diversity- is composed of performance and installations and questions gender, race and identity concepts. The performance-video with the title -Wardrobe- will be exhibited in -Tornavideo-. The artist stands before a two-door wardrobe half-naked and takes some clothes and puts them down. After this, the artist stars wearing the clothes continuously one after the other. As the clothes are put on successively, they start creating a physical pressure on the artist. However, the artist is insistent on wearing them. The artist’s insistence on wearing in her intellectual dimension clashes with the resulting physical pressure. This clash ends with the artist getting help from the individuals around. Emphasizing the naturalness of mankind at the beginning of the performance with -being naked-, the artist becomes distanced to this naturalness as she wears the clothes one after the other, and becomes alienated to herself first, and then the surrounding environment.

With his installations, works on canvas theoretically built on hermeneutics and constantly deconstructed, video art works where he interprets the visual sometimes with an ironical seriousness, and sometimes with a mise en scene language and his art aesthetics captured in the ordinary in all his works, one of the important projects of the contemporary artist Şinasi Güneş is -Obsession-. Seeing the light of day in 2005, this project helped to create a memory record in terms of audio art videos. The close ties of the artist with mail art have been actualized in his mail art projects on -Watch-, -Fundamentalism-, -Global Warming-, -Woman and Ecology-, -Gypsies-. Güneş also prepares street-art promoting publishes and fills a gap in this sense. He offers an alternative course to contemporary art practices with an e-zine named -e-benzin- published on electronic environment. Some of his videos area -Horned Toad-, -Anatolia-, -Batumi-, -After the Sheep-, -New York and Chewing Gum-. His video -New York and Chewing Gum- is built on the traces of many chewing gums deliberately or unconsciously thrown by people of New York to Brooklyn Subway floor. Having turned this performance into a book with the same title, the artist has completed the deconstruction process.

The artist is featured in Tornavideo with the -My Lovely Hats- titled video constructed again with an ironical and cynical mise en scene. The artist puts on several objects over his head like hats. There are art books, flower pots, bags, buckets, boilers etc. among these objects. Each hat refers to a social role and points to a character fact. The artist strengthens the sense of rhythm with a background rap song. We see ironic allusions in this video.

Ferhat Özgür, a contemporary artist living in Ankara, underlined and expressed urban progress of Ankara, rational and irrational results of modernism, city-individual and change facts in his -City Journal- titled exhibition composed of his photograph and video pieces of work. We witness the points underlined by the artist in the negative effects of recent urban transformation programs that eventually lead to -destruction- in metropolises particularly in Istanbul. A series of performative photo works of Özgür in historical places with the title -Jump”, and also the -Jump- titled video of him creates some mise en scene situations with the artist trying to touch the peak points by jumping. The artist added city-individual dualism building and history and expended the interpretation perspective. Getting involved in -Tornavideo- with his video titled -Upper Garden-, Ferhat Özgür appears with a different theme. In this video, he shows the military greeting ritual process in sequences with the preparation to ceremony until the end of ceremony. The artist begins with showing ritual elements like cannon ball, helmet, shoulder mark one after the other, and following this, we see some sequences from the march of soldiers and greeting ritual, then the greeting ritual ends.

An interesting artist in -Tornavideo- is Gözel Radyo, who first of all brings together cues with music and as a pioneer blends electronic music with arabesque and oriental tunes. Some of the released music albums are -No-Exotic-, -Sound of the World: Turkey- and their fanzine is entitled -Güzel Mecmuası-. The artist creates versatile alternative works. The video which will be shown in -Tornavideo- is -İsyanbul 2010-. The artist acts in his own way over some scenes and dialogues from old Turkish films and achieves a comic effect. At this point, there are some experimental verbal rhythms streaming and they accompany the images in the background. The artist begins the message bombardment with smart cards and continues with microchips and ends with GMO. The artist associates these elements with Istanbul 2010 project as the name suggests. The artist makes use of ad techniques in the presentation of the messages placed within the video flow in critical moments. Therefore, the influence area of the video is extended.

Another artist in -Tornavideo- is Maria Sezer who states -Opposing the nature and trying to dominate the nature does not always bring happiness to people- and uses nature and time as a reference in her artistic works. Time and change are states where the artist makes the ironic and complicated association of these two concepts an object of inquiry in her works or naturally exhibits it. In one of Sezer’s installation works taking Rapunzel story as the center, the artist nearly creates an image of ladder with black, long and bush-formed yarns just like Rapunzel’s hair. Having assembled beauty and nature concepts with the sense of protection in this work, the artist designs original raku plates by using the special firing technique known as raku in another exhibition. Being a notable expert of transforming natural materials, the artist will appear in -Tornavideo- with her video titled -Swarm- created with similar operations. The video begins with the display of a colony of bees flying in the air, and then the movements of bees in and out of their hives are shown like a ceremony to the audience. Each entry to the hive means that a brood waiting at a cell gets fed and remains alive. Each swarm becoming a grown bee moves out of the cell to make honey.

I think the most striking element in Tornavideo exhibition activity including Funda Oruç and Uğur Karagül as curators is that; most of the internationally active artists in the exhibition consist of the rare independent artists in Turkey.
I hope this exhibition will precipitate art project initiatives and serve as a factor in emergence of new breath in the contemporary art scene.
tornavideo06@gmail.com
http://tornavideo.blogspot.com
http://www.tamirhanelive.com

Opening January, 15 2010, Friday 19:30
Tamirhane Live Music
Tunalı Hilmi Cad. Bestekâr Sok. 49/A Kavaklıdere – Ankara (Old Getto Pub)

My new co-exhibition: "Interzone/Nation" at Zagreb

I will attend “Interzone/Nation” co-exhibition at Gallery Galženica, Zagreb, Croatia, between April 1- May 15, 2009
“Interzone: nation” is the second exhibition this year dedicated to the phenomenon of globalization. The topic of the exhibition deals with the impact of globalization processes on the projection of national identities. For instance, during the nineties, the countries of Middle and South-East Europe – which were looking for their place on the redrawn map of Europe – found themselves in a paradoxical position in which they had to denationalize their economy and nationalize their culture at the same time. The more a form of cultural practice seemed traditional and more particular, the more it was presented as a model by which other newly formed states were to follow in the process of self-identification. The following artists will point to this paradoxical position of projecting national identities: In his video work, Hakan Akçura (TR, S) will show the problems non-EU immigrants face in EU countries. A young artist from Dubrovnik working in Zagreb, who works under the art name of Id Sarup, will present himself with a video work in which he uses the television programme of the Croatian National Television (HRT) to bitterly and amusingly comment on the social state of affairs in Croatia.
Meanwhile, Ana Lozica and Jasminka Končić will use their photographs, digital montages and animated films to point to the role of sport in forming (not only) the Croatian national identity. A video work from Saša Karalić (NL, BiH) under the title “Schwabo” will deal with the hybridism of every identity, including the national one, as well as its paradoxes and contradictories.

” (…) The concept of the nation is a complex one; to try and define the notion means taking into account a wide rage of criteria such as language, culture, dissent, history, religion, etc. Such so called objective criteria can be found in many of contemporary definitions of the notion of nation, such as the following: A nation is a relatively self-sufficient and stabile national life community, stemming out of the historical development of the associating of people into communities for the purpose of survival and development, which is characterized by a uniform state territory, common economical life, specific culture and language, adequate religion, a developed collective and individual awareness of national feeling. Another element is included in this complex definition, which can be labelled as a voluntary definition of a nation, the most famous of which is that of the French philosopher Ernest Renan. In his 1882 lecture What is a nation? he concluded that the nation is a daily plebiscite, which is based on the individual’s subjective criteria.

In the 21st century the problem of nation and its self-definition is not less complex; in fact, it could be argued that the question is more complicated than ever, especially when observed in the context of globalization. Globalization has not treated kindly the nation as idea, concept and social reality. The nation was associated with the backlash against irresistible historical forces, doomed to obsolescence by global postmodern culture, deprived of its institutional shell by the decline of the state, and with a questionable reputation among social scientists to boot, the nation appears to be rapidly fading into little more than a historical phenomenon. [2]

In the last couple of decades, central and south-east Europe found itself caught up between two extremities: between East and West, between capitalism and communism, between globalization as a factor of unifying and the tendency to create one’s own identity. In the early nineties, countries of this area found themselves in the paradoxical position in which they were to denationalize their economies and nationalize their culture at the same time. Today, the question arises – what does globalization mean for this area, what changes will it bring, how does it affect the projection of national identity? It is certain that in the contemporary world, the problem of nation and national identity cannot be examined separately from the process of globalization. This exhibition therefore looks at the phenomenon of nation and national identity within the globalization process, as well as the problems, paradoxes and ironies arising from that correlation (…)”
(Nina Pisk)

Curators:
Ivana Hanaček, Klaudio Štefančić
Assistant curators: Sanja Horvatinčić, Nina Pisk
Interzone / Nation, exhibition April 1 – May 10, 2009.
Saša Karalić (NL, B i H)
Id Sarup (HR) Hakan Akçura (TR, S) Jasminka Končić (HR) Ana Lozica (HR)

My works at the exhibition:

1. Open Letter to Sweden Migration Board (Öppet Brev till Migrationsverket / İsveç Göçmen Bürosu’na Açık Mektup) Videoperformance (51 min.) 2006 2. Good morning (Godmorgon / Günaydın)
Videoperformance with two parts

Epilog (07.31 min.) Godmorgon (98.18. min.) 2007

Epilog (Swedish with turkish subtitle)

My video by name "Catharsis" at the1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran

My new video by name “Catharsis” is presented for the first time at the1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran in Istanbul, Turkey.

This video is first of the works among my new video-creation line “Recording”.
I have made serial videos with my identity of only being recorder and maker in this line.


Catharsis from hakan akcura on Vimeo.

Catharsis

(05:25 min.; 2008; Stockholm)

Gamla Stan is the center area of Stockholm.
Oldest and more touristic zone of the city.
Other side of the Gamla Stan subway station is seeing inland sea, have a nice panorama but trashy…
When I recorded some scenes at this area a few young men which were high came up to me and wanted to do “rap” in front of my camera.
I said: “Okay!” and recorded them.
I was only a recorder and a witness.

All big metropols in Europa need this kind of purifications.
Immigrants could help.
I’m sure.


“Urban Jealousy”
the 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran
30th May – 6th July 2008


Hafriyat Karakoy, The Realm of Manifold Arts :
Necatibey Cad. No: 79 Karakoy Istanbul, Turkey

Curated by Serhat Köksal and Amirali Ghasemi

The theme of this biennial is URBAN JEALOUSY. A Jalousie (“jealousy” in French) is a window that one can see through but not be seen; barriers that allow us to observe the world without being invited to the table. Iranian artists are given an understanding of what goes on in the world without being offered a single opportunity to communicate their thoughts – outside of our very own jalousie window: a rigid ethnic frame within an extremely politicized context.

Of all the huge urban areas around the world, Tehran stands out as a different kind of Megalopolis. It boasts one of the most dynamic art scenes in the Middle East even as the city itself deals with a rudimentary public transport system, an exploding population crisis, and an ever-increasing sprawl of mass housing; An unsightly city of experimental architecture that swallows entire villages and towns without offering them any sort of public services.

Despite its complicated urban situation – which according to experts has already spiraled out of control – artists’ societies in Tehran continue to hold numerous biennials in semi-tribal fashion. A great number of these events are government-sponsored projects whose outlook and also their premises can shift 180 degrees from one year to the next. Each community has its own set of ceremonies, as a result of which, any sense of solidarity among the artists is lost.

The Tehran Visual Arts Festival, The Calligraphy Biennial, The Sculpture Biennial, The Cartoon Biennial, The Painting Biennial of the Islamic World, The Graphic Design Biennial, The Children’s Books Illustration Biennial, The Painting Biennial, The Poster Biennial, The Poster Biennial of the Islamic World… the list is endless.

Although the legendary “TEHRAN BIENNIAL” goes back 50 years, not a single one of the above-mentioned events can be considered a biennial by prevailing and accepted international standards”. An arts society recently published a call to boycott the upcoming Painting Biennial in order to demand a professionally curated exhibition, protesting the open call process and a “jury” they deemed unacceptable.

It seems impossible to have a proper Tehran biennial in Tehran, so our sprawling city and its elitist art scene remain excluded from the highly competitive art market in the region despite being surrounded from all sides by lucrative biennials and auctions. We may have great artists living and working in Iran, but we don’t have a chance to share the profits.

Tehran, as one may suppose, does not seem interested in presenting itself as a desirable destination for cultural tourism, by playing it ‘cool’ like other global cities, or scramble to be hip by coughing up the membership dues to be in the international art market.

So, to jumpstart the process, and after a long discussion with my friend, Serhat Koksal – a critic of the global biennialization process – we decided to curate a ‘mini’, on the move, Tehran biennial. To not only stop complaining about the current situation but to benefit from the advantages of it. An independent, low- budget, traveling exhibition which can be presented almost anywhere. We will travel like nomads, carrying artwork, objects, texts, and whatever, in a package no bigger than a medium-sized suitcase, preferably weighing less than 20 Kg., so it can be carried on any cheap flight.

Urban Jealousy will end its journey in May 2010, but Tehran’s Roaming Biennial will carry on. Feb 2008

Amirali Ghasemi
Biennial Tehran in Istanbul 10.06.2008 ntv

"Jag, min husses hund" och "Godmorgon" Sverige!

Jag, min husses hund
Carl Mikael von Hausswolff,
Hakan Akçura,
Dmitri Plax,

ARK – Dariush M Doust,
Dror Feiler

TEGEN 2Projektplats, scen och utställningsyta

Vernissage torsdagen den 25 oktober, kl 17 – 20
Välkommen!

“Den svenska inställningen till invandrare är motsägelsefull men på det hela taget tolerant och fördomsfri. Däremot oroar en latent fientlighet mot muslimer.”
(Huvudledarkommentar i DN 27 sept – 07 efter mångfaldsundersökningens rapport).

Kring en text av Orhan Pamuk ur romanen “Jag är en hund” kretsar utställningen “Jag, min husses hund”.

Här kommer själva hunden till tals – “skällande” från historiens bakgårdar. I det symboliska mötet, ja själva brytningspunkten mellan väst (“oinskränkt” yttrandefrihet) och öst (“villkorad” yttrandefrihet).

I utställningen möter vi hunden och “hundlivet”, i den muslimska resp västerländska världen beroende på VEM DU ÄR, VAD DU GÖR OCH VILKEN HUND DU ÄR. Med andra ord en utställning som vill utmana allas vår malliga självgodhet, och de fördomar vi inte anser oss besitta, oavsett om vi kommer från väst eller öst, är jude eller arab, svensk eller blatte.

TEGEN 2 har till skillnad från traditionella gallerier och konstscener den stora fördelen att kunna göra blixtsnabba nerslag i samtidsdiskussionen, och därmed både fördjupa och nyansera frågorna: kan samtidskonsten vara mer än njutning, vara och statushöjare för de få och/eller tom provokativ gest för de många. Kan/får konsten också spela en verklig roll i det fördjupande offentliga samtalet när den blir känd för de många?

Så låt oss tillämpa lite “derridastisk” strategi, (en tillämpning av Derridas tänkande) som specialiserade sig på att söka efter vad som inte står, vad som inte sägs och vad man väljer att glömma bort. Vilket ofta är mycket mer avslöjande!

Välkommen!

TEGEN 2

Öppet tord-sönd 12-17
utställningen pågår t.o.m 18 november
Bjurholmsg. 9b

T-bana Skanstull
08 – 6442717

070-2855777
070-7161923


Godmorgon

87 min.
Hakan Akçura, 2007, Stockholm

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Godmorgon (Epilog) 

8 min
Svenska
Hakan Akçura, 2007, Stockholm

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