The project aims to bring contemporary art and culture to the heart of the dialogue between Europe and Turkey. Five European artists have been commissioned to create site-specific works in five Turkish cities of great cultural wealth and diversity, all of which markedly differ in their history, culture and social patterns. Joanna Rajkowska from Poland explores the complex relationship between tradition and modernity in the city of Konya through the use of a text by Walter Benjamin "The Task of the Translator"...
My CityFive artists have been invited to develop unique projects in five different Turkish cities in an effort to explore the dialogue between Turkey and Europe. Polish artist Joanna Rajkowska is among the artists invited to participate in the show, illustrating the link between tradition and modernity in the city of Konya
At the core of the project, five European artists have been commissioned to create site-specific works in five Turkish cities which are distinguished by great cultural wealth and diversity, all of which markedly differ in their history, culture and social patterns. Each artist was assigned one of the five cities after careful deliberation by the international jury and partner organisations. Since the start of the "My City" project in 2009, the artists have been visiting their cities to engage with their communities, getting to know the places and histories which have inspired the works they will be presenting. Ultimately, the project aims to bring contemporary art and culture to the heart of the dialogue between Europe and Turkey. Joanna Rajkowska
from Poland explores the complex relationship between tradition and modernity in the city of Konya through the use of Walter Benjamin's text The Task of the Translator. The text is translated into Ottoman Turkish as used before the adoption of the Latin alphabet, providing various layers of meaning to the funtion of language and links between past and present. British artist Mark Wallinger's Sinema Amnesia is a video installation at the narrowest point of the Dardanelles strait, making a poignant reference to both the ancient and modern history of the city, while Clemens von Wedemeyer from Germany has developed a sculptural open-air cinema at the border of the old city of Mardin overlooking the Mesopotamian plain. His film about the sun and the city of Mardin will be among the first films to be shown at the site.
Austrian artist Andreas Fogarasi's panorama-structure is designed to provide different cultural and socio-political views of the city and will be positioned in very different neighbourhoods in Istanbul. Minna Henriksson from Finland has been co-ordinating comprehensive research with young people from Trabzon to allow for a multi-faceted expression of their viewpoints on how their city is and how they believe it should be perceived.
The group show will be unveiled between October 20 - 24, 2010. In addition to these city-specific commissions, a residency programme has been held in collaboration with some of Europe's leading cultural institutions, hosting five of Turkey's leading and emerging contemporary artists. The artists and the host institutions of the residencies are:
- Caner Aslan, DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm
- Isil Egrikavuk, Dortmund Hartware MedienKunstVerein & Künstlerhaus
- Leyla Gediz, HIAP - Helsinki International Artist-in-residence Programme / FRAME
- Günes Terkol, London Gasworks: Exhibitions, International Residencies & Studios
- Can Altay, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw
- Gülsün Karamustafa, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
As part of the EU Civil Society Dialogue: Cultural Bridges Programme, My City has been designed and delivered by the British Council in partnership with Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center and Anadolu Kültür (Anatolian Culture), a leading independent cultural policy organization. The project is funded by the European Commission and the British Council and led by a dedicated team at the British Council in Istanbul. Artists from Europe have been nominated for My City by a panel of acclaimed international curators who made the selection together with British Council and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center; Andrea Schlieker (United Kingdom), curatorial adviser for My City and Curator of Folkestone Triennial, Brigitte Franzen (Germany), Director, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Mika Hannula (Finland), University of Gothenburg/ freelance curator, Sebastian Cichocki (Poland) Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw and Silvia Eiblmayr (Austria) Co-curator Austrian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2009.
Artists: Andreas Fogarasi, Panorama (the Right of View) w Istambule, Minna Henriksson, The One who Loves Tells the Truth w Trabzonie, Joanna Rajkowska
, Walter Benjamin in Konya w Konyi, Mark Wallinger, Sinema Amnesia w Canakkale, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Sun Cinema w Mardin.
A detailed programme of opening activities will be available on the website beginning Monday, August 16