‘’A Collection of Turkish Contemporary Art”

Curator: Efe Korkut Kurt

The Artists: Harun Antakyalı, Eylül Aslan, Kezban Arca Batıbeki, Alper Bıçaklıoğlu, Kadriye İnal, Huri Kiriş, A. Cem Şahin, Merve Şendil, Sait Mingü

03/03 / 2017 09 / 03 / 2017

ALAN Istanbul is pleased to announce it’s first exhibition in New York. “The Dialogues I: A Collection Of Turkish Contemporary Art” exhibition will represent a selection of Turkish Contemporary Art in Mana Contemporary as a parallel art event to world’s one of the most significant art fairs The Armory Show. The exhibition which will be organized between the 3rd and 9th of March will be the first leg of the dialogue between Istanbul and New York connected through the contemporary art.

New York and Istanbul are two different cities with their dynamic social life and their reflection on the artists. It’s not a coincidence that in such big metropolitans with many people from different social classes and places living next to each other, contemporary art is always in a constant progress. That’s why, two different group of artists from these two cities are aiming to create a bond and explore the limits of contemporary art in the series of ‘’THE DIALOGUES’’.

The first exhibition will be held in one of the most well-known contemporary art spaces of New Jersey, MANA Contemporary at the spot of Apostrope NJ. THE DIALOGUES I: A Collection of Turkish Contemporary Art, which brings the works of Turkish contemporary artists together, aims to reflect reproductions of the cultural fragments under the styles of new figurative art and new pop-art with different type of mediums such as new media, painting, photography, prints and sculpture.

The exhibition is planned to be on the same dates of The Armory Show, one of the most significant art events of the world that will be held just across the Hudson River, in New York on the 2nd and 5th of March, 2017. Thus, this exhibition is created as a parallel art event to The Armory Show and it aims to connect the art lovers from all over the world and make them have a better understanding about Turkish Contemporary Art.

In the exhibition, Harun Antakyalı will bring street art onto the walls of interior by his works in which he creates a concrete effect on canvases. The young Turkish artist Eylül Aslan will reflect her attitude on feminism with her analog photographs. One of the well-known artists of Turkish contemporary art Kezban Arca Batıbeki will question how women manage to survive in different societies and classes of Turkey. Alper Bıçaklıoğlu, will be there with his works reflecting streets of Turkey with his graffiti-like silk screen prints and acrylic paintings. Kadriye İnal will represent her sculptures on women. Huri Kiriş will display the social chaos in the land where she lives with her high technical capacity in oil painting.

For the exhibition, A. Cem Şahin will create prints that display the darker parts of the subconscious of a human, living in a big metropolitan. Merve Şendil will use her unique technique looking like the pixels of a faraway object on painting. And, finally Sait Mingü will be questioning society and people with his c-print diasek mount prints.