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15/01/2010 @ 11:00 - 21/02/2010 @ 17:00
15 January – 21 February 2010
We are living in unstable times. Sometimes we feel as though there is nothing to hold on to. But at the same time we all are going through a fascinating period of transition, the transformation and restructuring of whole systems in the world.
Society is a flexible and steadily changing structure. It encompasses human connections, different personal interests, passions, and hopes. It is also constrained by global economical, political and cultural conditions. This is the basis of a primary controversy – between flexibility and stability, between order and disorder, and that precarious balance between them.
Unceasing flows of capital and people across borders, and dialogues through different channels such as the Internet and other media have changed our understanding of what it is to belong to a community. People now feel that they belong to various communities even though they do not share a common territory. This also shows us that a national or regional culture does not reflect one homogenous identity.
For the past two decades we have witnessed the birth of new countries and the shifting of political systems. People living in a country for years have become members of another country without changing their residence. Since 9/11 countries have imposed boundaries for ‘security’ reasons, for the sake of protecting societies, forcing members of these societies to choose a side (one can only be in or out!) as if they are living in a closed system. We live in a world of oppositions and conflicts, but oppositions and conflict do not always necessarily create destructive relationships; instead they can create various interactions, or re-vitalize the existence of a healthy society.
In this continuous changing and unending reconstruction and transformation, artists can take up different positions. They can become observers who register the situation of the society, or try to find a possible alternative. Playing with ideas about the future, in keeping with utopian social structures and hypotheses; they can provide a comprehensive analysis and make social dissections. They can choose a more aggressive position and go to war in an attempt to change the status quo, or try to deconstruct that tricky, cozy society, in which contemporary humans often feel lost.
Indefinite Destinations uses the notion of transformation as a starting point to look at new societies. Knowing that the subject is quite broad and that it is hard to deal with its every possible aspect, we want to bring artists together who may take on different positions, and whose trajectories do not intersect as well as those whose works are consistent and in dialog with each other. Some works will reflect directly on experiences or fiction; some will create a new reality to encourage the audience to think about other possible realities. Since we are all constantly confronted with all these problems we would like to encourage the audience (and also ourselves) to consider possibilities.
Indefinite Destinations is supported by Art Affairs and Documents Foundation, Bulgaria; General Consulate of The Netherlands, Istanbul; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; St. Cyril and St. Methodius, Bulgaria; Turkish Consulate, Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Türker Transportation.
Vessela Nozharova worked for Irida Gallery and ATA – Center for Contemporary Art as a curator between 2001-2003. She has worked as a Visual Arts Manager and Curator at The Red House Center for Culture and Debate in Sofia since 2003. She has curated numerous exhibits, including “The 80’s – Known – Unknown – Forgotten” at the National Gallery of Foreign Art in 2002; “Dead-lock” – an exhibition-attempt to bring together Nedko Solakov and Svetlin Roussev at the BULART Gallery in Varna in 2004; „4Х4″ exhibition by Ivan Mudov, (photography, video, and installations) at The Red House Centre, Sofia in 2005. In 2007 she curated the Bulgarian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale.
Oyku Ozsoy has been working as an assistant curator and a program coordinator at Platform Garanti CAC since 2003 where she has been involved in the organization of more than 30 exhibitions and 75 conferences and workshops. Her work on the international level includes: “Hit & Run”, 2004; “End on Mouth”-Yael Davids, 2004; “An Ideal Society Creates Itself” -Oliver Ressler, 2005; “The Photographers: Laurence Bonvin and Juul Hondius”, 2007; “Last Things” in Westfalischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany, 2008; “Candid Stories”, INSA Art Space, Seoul, Korea, 2008. She is also responsible for the Istanbul Residency Program which has hosted more than 85 artists since 2003. Ozsoy is also one of the founding members of an independent art project space located in Istanbul called Alti Aylik where she has co-curated seven exhibitions and screening programs which have shown in Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Cologne as well as in Istanbul.
Artists: Mircea Cantor, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Dani Gal, Alina Viola Grumiller, Basim Magdy, Bora Petkova, Kalin Serapionov, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz, Sislej Xhafa, Katarina Zdjelar, Arthur Zmijewski
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