NGBK Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst

Political Art and Resistance in Turkey

04 Jul - 12 Sep 2015

4 July - 30 August 2015

artıkişler, Aytunç Akad,, Barış Doğrusöz, Berat Işık, CANAN, Cem Dinlenmiş, Cengiz Tekin, Cihangir Duyar, Demet Taşpınar, Devrimci Yol Arşivi, Ekim Ruşen Kapçak, Erkan Özgen, Hüseyin Karabey, Mülksüzleştirme Ağları, Murat Akagündüz, Nalan Yırtmaç, NarPhotos, #occupygezi architecture, Sencer Vardarman, Şener Özmen, TÜSTAV

The starting points of the exhibition project are two heydays of social resistance in Turkey: 1 May, 1977 and the Gezi protests in 2013. Subjects of reflection are the aesthetic peculiarities of the self-presentations, representations and communication processes of social movements in public space. Their continuities, specific features and connecting points are examined with regards to the social, economic and cultural dynamics that have influenced social movements from 1968 to the present day.
An important factor bringing these different venues together are the forms of remembering: When resistance fades, the posters, graffiti, slogans and rhythms that remain ensure that what was experienced maintains an aesthetic presence. Fed into collective memory, these forms of resistance evoke vivid images.
The exhibition contextualises documentary snapshots of social resistance in public space with artistic reflections, attempting an associative documentation that employs photography, video, installation, painting, poster art, and archive material.
The project grasps itself as an artistic-academic research process. What is brought to the fore and put up for debate is not a linear understanding of history and its representations, but the breaks, events, intertwinements and unexpected innovations, as well as the resulting artistic and political-aesthetic codings from the movement of 1968 until today.

An illustrated publication (ISBN: 978-3-938515-59-4) with academic, artistic and literary contributions will appear in conjunction with the exhibition.

Tags: Sener Özmen, Sencer Vardarman