January 20 - March 12, 2015
Istanbul Modern presents Artists’ Film International, an exhibition and program dedicated to contemporary video art by featuring moving images, animations, and films of visual artists all around the world.
Initiated by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2008, the program is organized in partnership with 17 art institutions from different parts of the world. Every year, partners select a new work by a prominent artist in their country and share it with the other partners. Following the curatorial work by each program partner, selected videos are displayed in thematic screenings or exhibitions. Istanbul Modern had participated in the program with works by Ali Kazma, İnci Eviner, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Sefer Memişoğlu and Bengü Karaduman in the past.
Throughout the year 2014, Istanbul Modern worked with Burak Delier and his video “Crisis and Control” was screened in the partner institutions. In 2015, the museum invited Vahap Avşar with his video “Road to Arguvan”. Istanbul Modern’s Pop-Up Exhibition Area hosts these two video installations together with other installations or thematic screenings of works of artists from 15 countries. Conversations and presentations about video art will be held within the scope of the exhibition.
Artists: Yuri Ancarani, Vahap Avşar, Lee Kai Chung, Burak Delier, Dalila Ennadre, Provmyza Group, Mattias Harenstam, Oded Hirsch, Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Tran Luong, Jorge Macchi, Nicole Miller, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Uudam Tran Nguyen, Masooda Noora, Pallavi Paul, Elisabeth Price, Tejal Shah, Anatoly Shuravlev, Angela Su, Milica Tomic, Diego Tonus, Amir Yatziv, Tanya Busse & Emilija Škarnulytė
Curator: Çelenk Bafra
Assistant Curator: Senem Kantarcı
CCAA / Centre for Contemporary Art Afghanistan
Ballroom Marfa, USA
Belgrade Cultural Centre, Serbia
Cinémathèque de Tanger, Morocco
City Gallery Kfar Saba, Israel
City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
Fundación PRóA, Argentina
GAMeC / Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contamporanea di Bergamo, Italy
Hanoi DOCLAB, Vietnam
KINOKINO Centre for Art and Film, Norway
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k), Germany
Project 88, India
Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway
NCCA / National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Russia
Whitechapel Gallery, UK
LEE KAI CHUNG
The History of Riot (The Dj)
2013, 9' 14''
Walls and People
2014, 13' 05''
REBECCA ANN HOBBS
246 Meter Bridge
2010, 2' 48''
2012, 10' 23"
12 Short Songs
2012, 7' 9"
KAREN MIRZA & BRAD BUTLER
2014, 16' 50''
UUDAM TRAN NGUYEN
Waltz of the Machine
2013, 7' 51''
Long Hair, Short Ideas
2014, 24' 39''
At the House of MR X
Some Kind of Nature
2013, 6' 30''
2011, 2' 17''
Hartford Girl and Other Stories
2012, 11' 34''
"One day instead of one
night a burst of machine-gun
fire will flash, if light can not
(Workers of the World -
TANYA BUSSE & EMILIJA ŠKARNULYTĖ
2013, 22' 30''
Guest of 2014
Burak Delier examines the relationship between capitalism and contemporary art in the way that it intervenes into the system through the use of guerilla strategies and tactics he derives from everyday life. Burak Delier’s video focuses on how the modern-day relationship between the individual and their self, labor, and environment is shaped by the life-style imposed by neo-liberalism and flexible work conditions of the business world in which the individual is forced to participate to fulfill their personal needs and desires. Careerism, future anxiety, the focus on success, brutality of the business world and competitiveness are being "performed" and deciphered by real professionals. "Crisis and Control", inholding the privacy of a therapy room, becomes a session.
Guest of 2015
Vahap Avşar aims to reveal issues that have remained veiled in our region by using images that are engraved in memories as well as everyday objects and popular culture aesthetics. In the video, Vahap Avşar focuses on a gigantic crack that was formed in the 1980s on the only road connecting Arguvan, artist’s native town for generations, to the city of Malatya. Depth of the cracks in the asphalt has rendered the road useless, yet the government neither repairs it nor builds a new one. Cut off from the world, gradually deprived of fundamental facilities, and above all the hospital and courthouse, the town was abandoned to its fate. The main image and metaphor of "Road to Arguvan" is this deep crack. Shot with a hand-held camera, this short, shaky and intensive video full of mystery and associations can be read as a testament of the past and recent sociopolitical conflicts in Turkey.
Vahap Avşar, Road to Arguvan, 2013
Burak Delier, Crisis and Control, 2013
Burak Delier, Crisis and Control, 2013