Artists' Film International

November 20 – 25 2012

Istanbul Modern presents Artists’ Film International program, which showcases contemporary video, animation, and short films across the globe, at Istanbul Modern Cinema. The project was initiated in 2008 with the title “Art in the Auditorium” by established London art institution Whitechapel Gallery. For Artists’ Film International each partner selects one video, film, or animation by an artist from their country. The international pool of videos thus created is screened throughout the year in programs or exhibitions held at the partner institutions. Istanbul Modern has been part of the program in the past with the works of Ali Kazma, İnci Eviner and Ergin Çavuşoğlu. The museum is participating in this year’s program with twelve partner art institutions from around the world.

This year Istanbul Modern has selected Sefer Memişoğlu’s 2011 video BREEZE and, in addition to the works selected by program partners, is also including videos by other artists from Turkey in the program. The museum has thus created a special screening program under three separate headings for a comprehensive Artists’ Film International event, and is also holding a retrospective of Sefer Memişoğlu videos and a talk with the artist on 24 November.

Programmers: Çelenk Bafra (Curator), Senem Sekban (Assistant Curator)

Screening Schedule


2012 partners

Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

GAMeC / Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bergamo, Italy

Fundacion Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, USA

City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Para/Site, Hong Kong, China

Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia

Cinémathèque de Tanger, Tangier, Morocco

New Media Center, Haifa, Israel

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Video-Forum, Berlin, Germany

Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey


Talk: Guest of 2012: Sefer Memişoğlu

Saturday, 24 November, 16:00

Speakers: Çelenk Bafra (Curator, Istanbul Modern), Nazlı Gürlek (Idependent Curator, Critic), Sefer Memişoğlu (Artist)

Free of charge.

Nazlı Gürlek and Çelenk Bafra will talk with Sefer Memişoğlu, Artists’ Film International’s guest artist of 2012, about the videos he has done until now and his future projects.

Sefer Memişoğlu, 1977

Sefer Memişoğlu lives and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul.

His works are based on the aesthetics of photography and video. His art practice took shape through experimentation in related media such as software drawing, photographic scanning, and computer graphics. In his works, the image, which is concretized into an object, represents the ‘information-object’ which becomes a communication tool to convey information deriving from complex concepts. Asking himself which rules art applies to become political, the artist aims to show a reality that is not visual, or reality’s fourth dimension. In his mobile painting project BREEZE he expresses in a constructed manner social memory and popular culture’s reality of consumption thanks to images of a documentary nature and the pixel-based structure of digital media.


Screening Programs

Program 1: Refractions of Memory


Refractions of Memory focuses on the social, individual, and political implications of issues pertaining to memory, to retaining a fact, situation, or event in one’s memory, and to calling it up later. The program includes works that explore events in history which have affected the masses and refractions in collective memories.


Sefer Memişoğlu, BREEZE, 2011,  8’ 18’’

Courtesy of Gallery NON and artist

Selected by Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Alejandro Cesarco, Zeide Isaac, 2009, 6’

Selected by Fundacion Proa, Buenos Aires

Corin Sworn, Lens Prism, 2010, 15’14 ‘’

Selected by Whitechapel Gallery, London

Nguyen Trinh Thi, Song to the Front’ from ‘Vietnamese Classics Re-cut’ series, 2011 2012, 5’14’’

Courtesy of the artist and San Art, Ho Chi Minh City

Selected by San Art, Ho Chi Minh

Liu Chuang, Untitled (Festival),2011, 5'14''

Selected by Para/Site, Hong Kong

GIanluca and MassimIiIano De SerIo, STANZE, 2010, 60'

Courtesy of the artists and Guido Costa Projects, Turin

Selected by GAMeC /Galleria d'Arte Moderna


Program 2: Relational Memory


Following the program Refractions in Memory, which looks at memory on a macro level, the second program,Relational Memory, focuses on the individual. The program includes works that interpret ways in which individuals remember their relationships with the people around them and the personal ties they establish.


Sriwhana Spong, Costume for a Mourner, 20108’22’’

Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland

Selected by City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

Alejandro Cesarco,  Everness 2008, 12’

Courtesy of the artist

Selected by Fundacion Proa, Buenos Aires

Liu Chuang, Untitled (Dancing Partner) 2010, 5'15''

Selected by Para/Site, Hong Kong

Aleksandar Jestrovic Jamesdin, Last Tango, 2011, 2’3’’

Courtesy of the artist

Selected by Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade

Aslı Çavuşoğlu, The Petty Travel Show For A Dear Audience, 2009, 9'40’’

Selected by Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Camila Rocha, In Three,2011, 2'45"

Courtesy of the artist

Selected by Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Burçak Kaygun, On The Thin Ice, 2008, 3’50’’

Selected by Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Karim Debbagh, Creating a Legend D/Mar, 2006, 45’

Selected by Cinémathèque de Tanger, Tangier


Program 3: Uniformisation


The program Uniformisation looks at memory’s relationship with politics and power, and questions situations that are not noticed at first by the individual or society but make their way into the mind, forming a certain point of view, cliché, and attitude.

Ben Hagari, Invert, 2010, 11’

Selected by New Media Center, Haifa

Bengü Karaduman, We Are All In The Same Boat, 2012, 3'22"

Selected by Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáĉova, Manifesto of Futurist Woman (Let´s conclude), 2008, 11’ 13’’

Courtesy of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Berlin and Galerie Christine König, Vienna

Selected by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Video-Forum, Berlin

Aleksandar Jestrovic Jamesdin, Gypsy Style, 2009, 5’14’’

Courtesy of the artist

Selected by Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade

Hatice Güleryüz, The Bus in LA LA Land, 2008, 10’15’’

Selected by Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Dan Finsel, I Would Love Farrah, Farrah,Farrah (I),2009, 20’24’’

Courtesy of the artist and Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected by Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX

Berat Işık, Sweeping Out, 2012, 3’ 10’’

Selected by Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, On the Stage, 2010, 3'30

Selected by Istanbul Museum of Modern Art


Screening Program: Guest of 2012: Sefer Memişoğlu

The Incredulous, 2010, 2’ 26’’

Rendering Rome, 2008, 6’ 10’’

Girl with Umbrella, 2008, 3’ 32’’

Speakers, 2008, 1’ 16’’

Turtle, 2008, 1’ 06’’

Untitled, 2005, 6’ 38’’

Untitled, 2003, 6’29’’

The talk is free of charge

Screenings are free of charge for the museum vistors and members




Sefer Memişoğlu, Breeze, 2011, 8’ 18’’

Courtesy of Gallery NON and artist



Sriwhana Spong, Costume for a Mourner, 2010, 8’ 22’’

Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland