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  • theDISCORD

    The latest project by Benji Boyadgian; this book was produced alongside theDISCORD project on Hydraulic Tiles and its stories, accompanied with an exhibition co-curated by Basak Senova and Jack Persekian in Jerusalem. Edited by Basak Senova.

  • Unfolding the Structures of Sound

    Cevdet Erek played in the music band Nekropsi while studying BA in architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, then he studied 'Sound Engineering & Design' at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM) at Istanbul Technical University. Has presented sound projects at exhibitions including dOCUMENTA 13 (2012),...

  • History All Wrapped Up

    In this conversation with Basak Senova, Gülsün Karamustafa discusses her recent solo exhibition Swaddling the Baby at Villa Romana, Florence. Karamustafa explains the genesis of her work, initially inspired by a trip to Florence in 1969. Karamustafa explains how her work traces the migratory patterns of some of the most...

  • Performative Traces: The Union of Fire and Water

    Kazakhstani-born Almagul Menlibayeva is one of two artists taking part in the project The Union of Fire and Water (2015), a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale, together with Rashad Alakbarov. The project, commissioned by YARAT and curated by Suad Garayeva, explores the historical and cultural links between Baku...

  • A Century of Centuries

    A Century of Centuries is the cumulative end result of a research process based on dialogues with a range of international artists at SALT Beyoğlu in Istanbul. The exhibition gathers intersected positions and artistic responses artists are presented within a framework that considers: 'transformative moments, traumatic experiences and social transitions...

  • Les Voyages

    In 2013, Basak Senova, on residence in Villa Romana, Florence, was paired with Simohammed Fettaka, for a project called 'PAS DE DEUX: 5 x 2 x 2. Mediterranean Dialogues.' The concept was to create responses for a book that asked the question, 'Where are we now?' During the residency, Senova...

  • Aquatic Memory

    Hera Büyüktaşçıyan is a storyteller who processes extensive research on historical and cultural narratives mostly based on her Greek-Armenian roots that manifest in long-term projects. In this interview, Basak Senova talks to Büyüktaşçıyan about her artistic approach while considering the topics that hover around Büyüktaşçıyan's projects with a focus on...

  • Collective Networking

    Burak Arikan is a New York and Istanbul based artist working with complex networks. In this interview, Basak Senova, who has been working with Arikan for more than a decade in various projects and publications, talks to Arikan about how he perceives acts of collecting, knowledge mapping, data compling, interpretation...

  • Building Mental Infrastructures

    Ayşe Erkmen is an artist who is known for outstanding research-based, site-specific projects. Since the early 1980s, she has experimented with and implemented numerous formats, techniques and media by utilizing diverse verbal and visual languages. This interview with Basak Senova focuses on her recent two projects, bangbangbang (2013), which was...

  • After the Biennial

    Fulya Erdemci and Basak Senova continue the conversation that began in summer 2013, in advance of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Anne Ben Barbar Mıyım? or Mom, Am I Barbarian? (14 September–20 October 2013), curated by Erdemci. In this discussion, Erdemci reflects on the outcomes of the biennial retrospectively, taking into...

  • The public domain has opened up!

    Fulya Erdemci is the curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Anne Ben Barbar Mıyım? or Mom, Am I Barbarian? (14th September – 20th October 2013). The theme for the biennial was decided well before the eruption of protests in Turkey, ignited by the planned demolition of Gezi Park on Istanbul's...

  • NOTES FROM THE RESISTANCE

    In Turkey, the resistance has continued in many forms. Forums are organised in the parks; people share information and overuse social media; protestors try to organise regardless of the fact that everyone is now on the government's watch lists. In this two part-interview Basak Senova brings some voices and issues...

  • Speaking as Witnessing

    Hera Büyüktaşçıyan was at Gezi Park until the police moved in. Approximately one week before the starting date of the Gezi Park Resistance in Istanbul, she had opened an exhibition titled In Situ (May 2013), the result of a four-month research and production residency provided by PiST///, Istanbul. Due to...

  • Codes of Limbo

    Counter is a project on women who are subjected to murder as a consequence of acts of violence in Turkey. It is a two-tier work comprising of an online memorial to the deceased and a series of shroud covers inspired by ideas of the afterlife in ancient Egyptian mythology fabricated...

  • A DREAM: The Iraq Pavilion at 55th Venice Biennale

    This year's Iraq Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale takes place at Ca' Dandolo. Under the curatorship of Jonathan Watkins, the pavillion, titled Welcome to Iraq, was commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. It takes an opposite turn from the 2011 Iraq Pavilion, curated by Mary Angela Schroth under the theme...

  • Sonic Diaries

    In 2012, Cynthia Zaven composed Morse Code Composition for flute and accordion by transcribing a William Faulkner quote into Morse code. Alessandra Rombolà on flute and Esteban Algora on accordion performed the composition during Irtijal, an experimental music festival that takes place in Lebanon annually. A longer version commissioned by...

  • The Symphony of Death

    Adel Abidin's works reflect on the cruel realities of socio-political situations in different geographies, utilising a refined aesthetic expression that creates frequently shocking paradoxes. Often oscillating between opposite poles, his works challenge viewers, enveloping them, trapping them as witnesses. Symphony, a work responding to the appalling stoning of teenagers with...

  • With the benefit of hindsight, what role does new media play in artistic practices, activism, and as an agent for social change in the Middle East and North Africa today?

    Digitised media in the last decade has undoubtedly been propelled by the enormous speed of new technology and spontaneous platforms for rights, defined by Hakim Bey as 'Temporary Autonomous Zones' and 'network guerrillas' by Ozgur Uckan. Consequently, despite the mediated content of the mainstream media, social media sites have emerged...

  • Occupying the Occupied

    The history of Cyprus is a fraught one: the Mediterranean island has been a site of occupation and control for hundreds of years. Istanbul-based curator Basak Senova became engaged with the island's politics of division in 2010, when she and Greek Cypriot curator Pavlina Paraskevaidou devised a collaborative artistic project...

  • The Jerusalem Show

    Jerusalem-based Jack Persekian is the curator of the Jerusalem Show, which was launched in 2007 with the Al-Ma'mal Foundation to present works, performances and interventions throughout the Old City. Showing works by mostly Palestinian artists, the exhibition functions as an attempt to re-read and re-negotiate a city torn apart by...

  • A Conversation

    The work of Ahmet Öğüt is characterised by a playfulness that questions the reasons behind, and consequences of, socio-political and economic imbalances that have become the realities of our daily life. The artist, who was born in Diyarbakir, Turkey, and who currently resides in Amsterdam, is something of an art-world...