OVERVIEWFEB 08 to JUN 03Solo Exhibition
- Solo Exhibition
Dates and Opening hoursFEB 08 to JUN 03, 2013
From Tuesday until Sunday 11:00 a 21:00 h.
By means of videos, photo works, and sculptures, Halil Altindere analyses the reality of his country, Turkey, by underlying the tensions that generate binomials as tradition/modernity, nation/identity and society/government. Simultaneously, Altindere draws attention to the notions of community and control, delving the nature of power.
This time, CA2M reviews Altindere´s work under three basic lines. The first one, and most important, follows his positioning regarding the contemporary Turkish society, subject to intense changes in the last decades. For this, Altindere frequently intervene on symbols from the system, as bills and official documents, elements from folk tradition or from some topical images that all together build up the collective imaginary. Ironic work placed on the imprecise space of multiple interpretations, a humorous play between artist and viewer. The discussion on the notion of authority is on great part of his work, sometimes as tiny narratives that string surprise and absurdity.
This exhibition also targets the attitude of the artist towards a globalized art world, with some of his works in response to previous invitations for his great exhibitions. The shift of his working method, critical and challenging, toward other contexts launches mechanism that question art itself as well as dynamics that, within the system, are understood as normal. Altindere´s no-work for Documenta 12, as well as the one finally presented, as well as the one launched for the Sharjah Biennial, in the United Arab Emirates are clear examples.
Finally, the exhibition tours the important role of Halil Altindere within the Turkish art scene. Through exhibitions where he has been curator himself, as well as editor from the magazine Art-ist, Altindere has achieved to create a bridge for generations by putting in place a serial of fertilized personal and artistic relationships which are now the cultural panorama of the city. Thus, CA2M holds a selection of publication and documents on the development of current art in Istanbul.
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