Yasemin Ozcan Kaya
With more than 30 new works by 20 artists, the show proposes to examine the concept of the "institution" from a wider perspective and from within art itself; and through the new productions by the artists, attempts to render visible the tensions and dynamics between the art institution, the artist, the work of art and the viewer from different perspectives.
curated by Emre Baykal
Initiated by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, on May 2010, ARTER’s new exhibition opens on 28 November. Curated by Emre Baykal, “Second Exhibition” includes more than 30 new works by 20 artists: .-_-., Halil Altındere, Burak Arıkan, Volkan Aslan, Vahap Avşar, Banu Cennetoğlu – Yasemin Özcan Kaya, Ayşe Erkmen, Hafriyat (Murat Akagündüz, Antonio Cosentino, extrastruggle, İnci Furni, Mustafa Pancar), Ali Kazma, Aydan Murtezaoğlu – Bülent Şangar, Ahmet Öğüt, İz Öztat, Cengiz Tekin and Canan Tolon.
ARTER had opened with the exhibition “Starter”. Curated by René Block, the exhibition comprised of works that belong to the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection. “Second Exhibition” is not a collection-based exhibition; instead, it consists of works that are specifically produced for the exhibition. In this regard, “Second Exhibition” harbingers ARTER’s forthcoming programme that is conceived in line with its salient aim of encouraging artistic production in Turkey.
“Second Exhibition” departs from the lack so far of sufficient institutional and sustainable response to the urgent requirement for support towards artistic production despite the rapid growth of contemporary art in Turkey, and proposes a fresh look at the “institution” via new productions it has facilitated. The shared context of these new works is constructed around the concepts of the institution and institutionalisation in a wider framework with art at its centre.
ARTER’s “Second Exhibition”, which assumes as a title its chronological order among exhibitions organised here, seeks to evoke the sequentiality within the programme of artistic events at an art institution as well as an institutional continuity. It also ironically references the criterion of an art institution’s success usually associated with numerical values rather than the content produced.
“Second Exhibition” presents works that are specifically produced for the exhibition, with three exceptions: Halil Altındere’s “Portrait of a Dealer”, Ahmet Öğüt’s “Black Diamond” and Vahap Avşar’s “Last Drop” have been included in the exhibition in view of the connection between these works and the exhibition’s context and since their format allow a second edition.
Emre Baykal explains the shared context of the works as such: “In consideration of the processes of restructuring and transformation that Turkey is passing through in the 2000s and that are also observable in art institutions, the shared context of these new works consists of the concepts of the institution and institutionalisation in a framework with art at its centre. "Second Exhibition" proposes to examine the concept of the "institution" from a wider perspective and from within art itself; and through the new productions by the artists, attempts to render visible the tensions and dynamics between the art institution, the artist, the work of art and the viewer from different perspectives.”
Two books are to be published within the scope of the “Second Exhibition”. The first book, titled Second Exhibition Book 1/2 includes Emre Baykal's comprehensive conceptual framework text along with images and illustrations representing the works’ production processes.
The second book of the exhibition is scheduled to be published in January 2011 and will comprise of independent sections dedicated to each artist and their project(s) in the exhibition along with installation photos taken following the exhibition's opening.
Image: Ali Kazma, O.K., 2010. Multichannel video installation. Video still
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