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October 4-14, 2018
“Artists’ Film International” on “Truth”
Istanbul Modern presents Artists’ Film International, a program dedicated to the moving image, featuring videos, animations, and short films by artists from around the world. The videos focus on the subject of “truth” and how it is reflected in the artistic production process. This year Istanbul Modern has invited Pelin Kırca to the program. Kırca’s video “One Moonless Night” will be screened throughout 2018, not only at Istanbul Modern, but at the international partner organizations as well.
Initiated by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2008, Artists’ Film International continues this year in partnership with 18 art organizations from different parts of the world. Every year, partner organizations who share their knowledge and research on video art, select a work by an artist from their country around a specific theme. Following the curatorial work of each organization, the collaborative selection is presented to the audience in screenings. In previous years, Istanbul Modern participated in the program with videos by Ali Kazma, İnci Eviner, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Sefer Memişoğlu, Bengü Karaduman, Burak Delier, Vahap Avşar, Zeyno Pekünlü and Cengiz Tekin.
The screenings are held at Istanbul Modern Cinema during October 4-14.
Programmers: Öykü Özsoy, Deniz Pehlivaner
Guest of 2018
One Moonless Night, 2016
Music: Morphine, “Kerouac”
Pelin Kırca’s video “One Moonless Night” draws its inspiration from the Mantiq ut-Tayr (The Conference of the Birds, 1177), the narrative poem written in the masnavi form by the Persian Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar. Using the graphic language, drawings, and motifs of our day, the artist reinterprets the tale of the thirty birds who set out to cross the seven valleys to find Simurgh. Adopting a literary approach that combines reality and fiction, the video shapes the story through a new expressive language. In the video, Kırca uses the song “Kerouac” by the 1990s alternative rock band Morphine. Notable for its poetic quality, the song reinforces the video’s rhythm and visuality. Named after Jack Kerouac, the most prominent writer of the Beat generation who adopted the generation’s principle that “being on the road is a form of production”, the song serves as a powerful reference for the search for truth. In her work, Kırca constructs a multilayered reality by taking as her starting point a poem in the masnavi form about a journey to discover the power within, and by bringing together the impressive language of the moving image with the accompanying music and lyrics.
Artists’ Film International 2017 Program Partners
Istanbul Modern presents AFI 2018 in two different screenings. The screenings are held between October 4 – 14, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 13.00 and 15.00 at Istanbul Modern Cinema.
Screening at 13.00:
One Moonless Night, 2016,3’25’’
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey
Outwardly from Earth's Center, 2007, 22’
n.b.k./ Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Berlin, Germany
Machine Matter, 2017, 13’55’’
Project 88, Mumbai, India
And If In A Thousand Years, 2017 , 22’14’’
Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Actuality Picture / The Magic Lantern (chapter 5), 2009 – 2017, 30’
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, UK
Screening at 15.00:
First Person Shooter, 2016, 23’
Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, USA
There is No Landscape, 2014, 6’45’’
Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia
Untitled, 2015, 8’11’’
Fundacion PRÓA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
I’m Talking to You, 2016-2018, 11’
GAMeC / Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy
Yim Sui Fong
Black Bird Island, 2017, 6’32”
Para Site, Hong Kong, China
Star, 2017, 7’46’’Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
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