EXTENDED to December 7, 2013.
In the Curatorial Research Lab, we are very pleased to present “Three Turkish Video Artists,” the first curatorial project organized by Murat Orozobekov. Having lived in Turkey for 9 years, and returning regularly to visit friends and family there, Orozobekov has become increasingly familiar and supportive of the burgeoning contemporary art scene in Istanbul, and in particular of the artists there working in film and video (via his organizing the Moving Image art fair). For this exhibition, Orozobekov has selected videos by three of his favorite Turkish artists (who just happen to all be women), including Şükran Moral’s “Bordello”; Nezaket Ekici’s “Atropos”; and Gülsün Karamustafa’s “Anti-Hamam Confessions.”
Şükran Moral lives and works in Istanbul and Rome. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in Rittato di una Cita, MACRO, Rome (2013), Light From the Middle East, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2012); Bodies of Silence, Royal College of Arts, London (2012); In which language shall I tell my story…, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012); Desire, Sex & Lust, Sexuality in Contemporary, Bergen Kunst Museum, Norway (2012); AMEMUS, Galeri Zilberman, Turkey (2010); New Acquisitions and Highlights, 21C Museum, USA (2009); Love and Violence, Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, Turkey (2009); Modern and Beyond, Santral Istanbul Museum, Turkey (2007); Peace… Fucking Fairy Tale, Gallery BND, Italy (2007); Zina – The Adulteress, 51st Venice Biennial, Italy (2007); 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (1997).
Gülsün Karamustafa graduated from the painting department of The State Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul. She works and lives in Istanbul. Gülsün Karamustafa has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Hauser & Wirth, London, Piccadilly. There have been Numerous articles about Gülsün Karamustafa, including ‘Turkey’s booming arts scene’ written by Gareth Harris for Financial Times in 2010.
Nezaket Ekici (1970, Kirsehir) studied under Marina Abramovic at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Braunschweig, from where she received her Degree in Fine Arts (2001-2003) and MFA Degree (2004) respectively. Prior to this, she studied sculpture ath the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich (1996-2000) and received an MA in Art Pedagogy and Art History in 2000 from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat in Munich. Select solo exhibitions include Islamic Chapel at the Stadtische Galerie, Ostfildern Germany and Personal Map, to be continued… in cooperation with Marta Herford, De Bond, Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Belgium (both in 2013). Ekici is the recipient of numerous awards, including project grants from the Goethe Institut in Ghana (2012), Thessaloniki (2011) and Tbilissi (2009). Her work can be found in both public and private collections, including the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada and the Koc Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul.