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Guests: Artists and Craftspeople

 

February 26 - August 23, 2020

Istanbul Modern’s International Artist Residency Program, launched in October 2018 with the support of the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA), brings together ten artists from different regions of the world to collaborate with local craftspeople in Istanbul.

Invited to rethink and experience Turkey's cultural values with a contemporary attitude, the artists researched various crafts in Istanbul and created new works in the workshops of, and in collaboration with, craftspeople of their choice. These works will be exhibited for the first time in the "Guests: Artists and Craftspeople" exhibition. In addition to these new works, the exhibition will portray the artists’ processes of research and production in Istanbul and their sources of inspiration and interaction in the city. It will also provide information about the artisans who took part in the project. 

The exhibition focuses on the experience gained by guest artists during their collaboration with craftspeople who represent some of the most important crafts in the production culture of Istanbul over the centuries, and thus also scrutinizes the permeability between art and crafts. The works in the exhibition address the relationship between craft, as in the manufacturing of a product in order to satisfy a need through skill of hand and talent, and art, as in the input of the artist producing his/her original idea as a means to add value to life. Additionally, the exhibition includes objects and historical artifacts borrowed from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) Directorate of Libraries and Museums collection and the Military Museum at Harbiye; they are examples of crafts that inspired the artists while producing their works and a testimony to the rich craft heritage of Istanbul. Also on display are videos documenting the processes of research and production of each artist and craftspeople. 

The guests of the International Artist Residency Program studied different crafts: Rodrigo Hernández focused on paper marbling, Outi Pieski on block printing, Servet Koçyiğit on embroidery and quilt making, Benji Boyadgian and Wael Shawky worked with metal masters, and Rana Begum experimented with new production techniques at a metal spinning workshop. The creative projects proposed by the artists with the skill, technical and material know-how of the master craftspeople became part of an extended production experience.

The exhibition catalogue, prepared in Turkish and English, includes curatorial text describing the conceptual framework of the exhibition as well as an article by the project consultant, architect and academic Aslı Kıyak İngin about the crafts neighborhoods and production culture in Istanbul. The catalogue also includes texts, photographs and images related to the artists in the exhibition.

Artists: Faig Ahmed, Rana Begum, Benji Boyadgian, Rodrigo Hernández, Servet Koçyiğit, Outi Pieski, Randi & Katrine, Wael Shawky and Jorinde Voigt.


Curators: Öykü Özsoy and Ümit Mesci

Artist assistant: Melodi Gülbaba

 

Servet Koçyiğit, Soft Landing (detail), 2020
420 x 360 cm (four quilts, each 210 x 180 cm)
Embroidery on silk satin quilt

 

 

Faig Ahmed, Archive, 2020
Rana Begum, No.975, 2019-2020
Rana Begum, No.975 (detail), 2019-2020
Benji Boyadgian, Reverberation, 2020
Benji Boyadgian,Reverberation (detail), 2020
Rodrigo Hernández, Poke through the Blackness, 2020
Rodrigo Hernández - Poke through the Blackness, 2020
Rodrigo Hernández - Poke through the Blackness, 2020
Rodrigo Hernández - Poke through the Blackness, 2020
Servet Koçyiğit, Soft Landing, 2020
Randi & Katrine, Hammam, 2020
Randi & Katrine, Hammam (detail), 2020
Outi Pieski, Three Sisters (Golbma oappáža), 2020
Outi Pieski, Three Sisters (Golbma oappáža), (detail), 2020
Wael Shawky, The Gulf Project Camp: Helmet #1, 2020
Jorinde Voigt, "Lilium", Berlin, March 20, 2019, 2020
Jorinde Voigt, "Lilium", Berlin, March 20, 2019, 2020

 

The content of the publications created within the scope of the International Artist Residency Program project, supported by Istanbul Development Agency, does not reflect the view of Istanbul Development Agency or the Ministry of Industry and Technology; Istanbul Foundation for Modern Art is solely responsible for any and all content.




 

 

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