- Dates: 5 November 2016 - 11 December 2016
Opening: Saturday 5 November, 17:30
Curator: Işın Önol
Berat Işık's solo exhibition Are You Still Alive? consists of works that the artist produced, completed or revised during 2015 and 2016 specifically for this exhibition. Inspired by the Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara's work "I am Still Alive", which involves 900 telegrams sent to colleagues and friends, the title refers to the city of Diyarbakır and its hinterland, and the lack of communication between those inhabiting it and the rest of the world.
Throughout the process of preparing the exhibition over the course of the last two years, the living conditions in Diyarbakır have changed drastically and incessantly. These changes had a strong impact on the production of the works, and a number of drastic events transformed the outcomes: The curfew that started after 6-7 October 2014 clashes, during which tens of people lost their lives, the assassination of human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi, incessant clashes, constant sound of explosions and gunfire, the attempt of a military coup d'état, the imposition of the state of emergency, the laying off of thousands of teachers. These and many other factors affected life in the city directly, and at the same time the process of preparing this exhibition.
In the videos and installations at Are You Still Alive? Berat Işık attempts to convey the very affect invoked rather than merely representing an incident and deals with the notions associated with power relations through timeless and metaphorical language.
Production support provided by:
SAHA - Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey