#photography & visual arts
Monika Drożyńska, Nudności – seria / Nauseau – series (2014): 9 embroideries at 30x15 cm. The piece will be exhibited during Ruptures and Convergences at Kuad Gallery, Istanbul.
Culture and Art Centre in Wrocław and Kuad Gallery in Istanbul are participating in the celebrations of
The upcoming exhibition titled Ruptures and Convergences will consist of a debate followed by two exhibitions. The second part of the exhibition will take place on 2 May 2014 at 6pm, and on 05 June 2014, at 6pm, at the Kuad Gallery in Istanbul. The project features works by artists who debuted in the 90s and later and who relate to the mythologies and archetypes deeply rooted in both cultures, presented, however, in a contemporary geopolitical context.
Ruptures and Convergences aims to present an opportunity for multi-disciplinary cultural and artistic communication and exchange, as well as sustainable relations and future collaborations and partnerships between artists and art experts from Poland and Turkey.
Co-curated by Agnieszka Chodysz-Foryś, Beral Madra, Güneş Nasuhbeyoğlu and Małgorzata Sobolewska, along with the guidance of Piotr Borkowski - director of the Culture and Art Center in Wrocław- the exhibition not only refers to the complex history of relations between Turkey and Poland, but also to the character of today’s art, which is described by the same curatorial team as:
“…based on retroactive expostulations and prospective proposals. While retroactive expostulations reflect a dissident position -i.e.—a rupture from the status quo, the prospective proposals promise a convergence of ideas, implementations and achievements.”
An Artistic Debate on Creative Freedom and Democracy
The first part of the event series includes a debate, to be held at 12 pm on 2 May at the KUADRUM. The debate will focus on creative freedom in times of democracy. Many questions will refer to Polish and Turkish artists’ works: what issues they deal with, what their positions are - for or against - on these issues, and what ideas and values they cherish as socially engaged artists.
The goal of the debate is to promote a comparative inquiry into artistic freedom in Poland and Turkey, as well as an analysis of socially engaged and critical artistic practices in both countries. The debate will feature: Agata Pyzik, Max Cegielski, Joanna Warsza, Fırat Arapoğlu, Justyna Chmielewska and the curator of the event, Beral Madra. The event will be live-streamed and available for online listening.
Two Openings at Kuad Gallery
The first exhibition will run between 02 May-25 May, 2014, with an opening to be held on 02 May, at 6pm, at Kuad Gallery. At the opening event, visitors will be able to experience a concert by Krew z Kontaktu (KZK), a Wrocław based duo specializing in improvised electronic music and noise, originating from a background in performance art.
The first opening will also include an exciting performance by Angelika Fojtuch, whose works mostly circulate around the themes of communication, social roles, public vs. private space and ways of shaping one's own identity. Additionally, Karolina Breguła’s latest work, The Soup will be on view.
Second Exhibition: Around the Borders
The second exhibition will run between 05 -26 June, with the opening to be held at 6pm on 05 June 2014 at Kuad Gallery. The opening event will feature performances by Katarzyna Krakowiak and Koray Kantarcıoğlu. Katarzyna Krakowiak is a sound artist, who prefers to be referred to as "a sculptress". In Istanbul she will present her most recent project, All.Fm. A Turkish sound artist, Koray Kantarcıoğlu’s works will explore the theme of being in space, as well as what he terms "musical landscapes". All participating artists include: Nezaket Ekici, Angelika Fojtuch, Karolina Freino, Koray Kantarcıoğlu, Piotr Kmita, Katarzyna Krakowiak, Tomasz Kulka, Anna Molska, Tomasz Partyka, Agnieszka Polska, Joanna Rajkowska, Sümer Sayın, Piotr Skiba, Konrad Smolenski, and Tunca Subaşı.
KZK Concert in Wrocław
On June 10, at 18.00, Entropia Gallery in Wrocław will host a concert by KZK. The event will be a follow-up to the concurrent exhibition in Istanbul's Kuad Gallery. The concert will be illustrated by the film shot by the KZK band members during a road-trip between Wrocław-Istanbul-Wrocław. More information is available on the gallery website.
Uniting 31 Artists From Poland and Turkey
In addition to the presentations at the opening events, all other works will be on display in two parts between 02-25 May and 05-26 June, 2014. All participating artists at Ruptures and Convergences include: Gülçin Aksoy, Anna Baumgart, Kuba Bąkowski, Piotr Bosacki, Karolina Breguła, Wojtek Doroszuk, Monika Drożyńska, Nezaket Ekici, Angelika Fojtuch, Karolina Freino, Patrycja German, Koray Kantarcıoğlu, Piotr Kmita, Katarzyna Krakowiak, Sıtkı Kösemen, Tomasz Kulka, Robert Maciejuk, Anna Molska, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Ferhat Özgür, Tomasz Partyka, Agnieszka Polska, Çağrı Saray, Wilhelm Sasnal, Sümer Sayın, Janek Simon, Piotr Skiba, Konrad Smoleński, Tunca Subaşı, Antek Wajda, Uygur Yılmaz, Krew z Kontaktu (KZK).
At the end of the event series, a catalogue consisting of texts by curators, art critics and art historians from Poland and Turkey will be published. The catalogue will also include information on the participating artists, as well as detailed documentation of the debate, performances and sound projects.
For more information on the event, visit: http://rupturesandconvergences.com/
Sample Works by Artists Exhibiting at Ruptures&Convergences, Istanbul 02-25 May, 2014
The project is prepared by the Culture and Art Centre in Wrocław, Poland, in collaboration with the Kuad Gallery in Istanbul. It is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. The event is organized as part of the 2014 cultural programme celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland. For more information visit our event website: www.turkiye.culture.pl
Sources: Press materials, own materials
Written and edited by K.M. and E.M., 10/04/2014