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12. Mai - 15. Mai 2011

Supporting the dialogue between art and the world of trade and industry, OMV, together with VIENNAFAIR, presents contemporary art positions from Turkey at Messe Wien

VIENNAFAIR 2011 focuses on the subject of Turkey under the title of “DIYALOG”: ART FROM ISTANBUL for the first time. In cooperation with OMV, the leading energy company in the European growth belt, it shows art from Turkey as well as works by Turkish artists living in Vienna at Messe Wien.

With the presentation of Turkish contemporary art, OMV aims at promoting the dialogue between the world of trade and industry on the one hand and art on the other and enhancing synergy effects. The project “DIYALOG” offers a platform for galleries and art institutions in Istanbul and Turkish artists living in Vienna in order to increase the familiarity with contemporary Turkish in Vienna and foster cultural networks.

“Turkey ranks among OMV’s core markets. It is our concern to make a contribution to the cultural dialogue between the two countries beyond our economic engagement,” explains Gerhard Roiss, CEO of OMV. The company will increasingly support contemporary art in the years to come.

“DIYALOG”: ART FROM ISTANBUL shows works by selected artists from four Istanbul galleries in a special space set off against the exhibition stand architecture of VIENNAFAIR. The space is based on the idea of the han, the interior courtyard of historical caravanserais, where merchants offered their products and transcultural exchange of information took place. This square plaza opening to the interior serves as a communication island where artists, gallery owners, collectors, and representatives of various cultural initiatives meet to talk.

“Istanbul, Europe’s largest metropolis, is situated at a central point of intersection not only geopolitically. The Turkish capital is also a cultural anchorage where future scenarios of a culture conceived as European are tested in a dialogue with emerging global societies. Istanbul has experienced a veritable boom as a metropolis of fine art in recent years. New museums and art centers, a biennial that in the meantime ranks among the most important events of its kind, art initiatives and project spaces, publishing houses, and, not least, galleries for contemporary art rewrite the still young history of this venue of the arts. We are glad that VIENNAFAIR 2011 has dedicated a focal program to this young art scene,” Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer , the two artistic directors of VIENNAFAIR , emphasize.

For “DIYALOG”: ART FROM ISTANBUL the following galleries and artists were invited to present themselves in Vienna at this year’s art fair: artSümer with Gökçe Er, Erdal Duman, Damla Faro, Onur Gülfidan, Gözde İlkin, and Ceren Oykut; Outlet Gallery with Fikret Atay, Hasret Bengü, Burak Delier, Servet Koçyiğit, and Şener Özmen; Rampa Istanbul with Vahap Avşar, Ayşe Erkmen, Nilbar Güreş, Ahmet Oran,and Güçlü Öztekin; x-istwith Canan, Cem Dinlenmiş, Seda Hepsev, Burhan Kum, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Sena, Alp Sime, Erkut Terliksiz, and Gözde Türkkan.

artSümer, founded by Aslı Sümer in 2005, presents young Turkish positions in the classical disciplines of drawing, painting, and sculpture, as well as contemporary photography, video, and new media works. Influenced by the aesthetics of film, animation, comics, and computer games, Onur Gülfidan in his paintings and drawings reflects the social and political environs in which he lives and works. With her installations and photographs Damla Faro steeps her works’ viewers in a fantastic dream world of fairies, flowers, toys, and human beings. Gözde İlkin relies on pieces of cloth, canvas, paper, and found objects, which she embroiders or uses as backgrounds on which she sews stories dealing with sexual violence. Ceren Oykut’s felt tip drawings follow in the tradition of Turkish caricature and satire. The presentation also includes works by Gökçe Er and Erdal Duman.

Outlet Gallery sees itself as an open art space and offers a forum to artists who are critical of society and have no opportunity to present their positions within the usual exhibition contexts and on the art market. In his videos Fikret Atay deals with young people growing up in a society characterized by upheaval, which he traces by confronting oriental traditions with current western influences. The form of expression chosen by Burak Delier merges guerilla art strategies and absurd humor. His works, for which he uses a variety of materials, immediately attract the observer’s attention. Delier’s C-print showing a young woman who wears the flag of the European Union as a veil, for example, strikingly demonstrates the discrepancies between the oriental and western cultures. The Kurdish artist, critic, and author şener Özmen thematizes the political situation in today’s Turkey in his photographs and videos. His works rely on a sometimes agitating and provocative form of irony. Works by Hasret Bengü and Servet Koçyiğit will also be part of the gallery’s presentation.

The two art collectors Daryo Beskinazi and Kerimcan Güleryüz started their gallery x-ist as an art project. In the meantime, x-ist has become a meeting place for the city’s art scene and an important venue for creative exchange at the Bosphorus. x-ist mainly presents still unknown young artists. While Seda Hepsev and the illustrator, graphic designer, and art director Erkut Terliksizshow their extraordinarily expressive paintings, the works by Gözde Türkkan aka Mimiko are primarily based on personal documentations and self-portraits. Further artists whose works will be on display in Vienna include Canan, Cem Dinlenmiş, Burhan Kum, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Sena, and Alp Sime.

Rampa Istanbul is a showroom and research center all in one and, with an exhibition area of 900 square meters, numbers among the largest galleries of Istanbul. The gallery pursues the objective of establishing close and lasting contacts between artists and curators, museums, and art institutions and exercising its influence far beyond the borders of Turkey. With her interventions and installations Ayşe Erkmen extends the classical concept of sculpture to include the motif of performance and, with her works always characterized by site-specificity, invites the public’s participation. Her pieces adapt to their environs, only develop with them. They unfold in streets, squares, and museums. In her drawings, collages, performances, installations, and photographs, Nilbar Güreş explores the role of women and their relationship to the private and the public in Muslim society. Since the mid-1990s, the emphasis of the three-dimensional prevails in Ahmet Oran’s predominantly meditative works; he opens the upper part of the canvas, which he has covered with various layers of paint, by scratching it off horizontally. Güçlü Öztekin works both on his own and as a member of the Istanbul art collective HA ZA VU ZU, which operates at the interface between installation, performance, and experimental music. He primarily employs optical delusions in his works on paper and his video installations. Vahap Avşarwill also show his works in Vienna.

The exchange institution DEPO, which operates as a platform and network for artists, artist collectives, and cultural institutions in Turkey, the Southern Caucasus, the Middle East, and the Balkans, will also be present at “DIYALOG”: ART FROM ISTANBUL.

Open Space, the Vienna center for art projects assembling different creative practices and constituting a real and virtual common forum, will also participate in the event.

René Block, the probably most important international curator of the Turkish avant-garde, will present his series of monographs on contemporary Turkish art published by the Istanbul publishing house YKY. The event also offers an opportunity for dialogues between artists and curators.

Further information:
Artistic directors:

Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer,
artistic directors of VIENNAFAIR,
in cooperation with Barbara Baum,
OMV Art Projects

Press: Christina Werner
w.hoch.2wei. Kültürel Proje Yönetimi
T: + 43 1 524 96 46 22
F: + 43 1 524 96 32
E: werner@kunstnet.at


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