Lapses, esposizione ideata e curata da Basak Senova, consiste in due progetti: "Exploded City" di Ahmet Ogut e "Catalog 2009" di Banu Cennetoglu. Entrambi rivelano diversi modelli di formazione dei ricordi e come la percezione degli eventi puo' portare a narrazioni diverse della storia, influenzate da fattori ambientali e dai processi di memoria collettiva. Intervalli nel flusso lineare e continuo di tempo raccontati da video disegni e fotografie.
Curator: Basak Senova
Assistant Curator: Nazli Gürlek
Commissioner: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV)
Project Coordinator: Ustungel Inanc (IKSV)
The project called "Lapses" will be representing Turkey in the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial that takes place between 7 June - 22 November 2009. Sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and coordinated by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, and the curator of the exhibition is Basak Senova.
In September 2008, the advisory board for the Pavilion of Turkey, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, which consists of Çelenk Bafra, Melih Fereli, Vasif Kortun and Beral Madra selected Basak Senova's project proposal "Lapses" after the careful evaluation of all project applications. The board appointed Senova as the curator of the 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennial Pavilion of Turkey.
"Lapses" has been shaped by the projects that demonstrate how the perception of "occuring events" can vary and lead to the differing narrations of history because of 'lapses' in collective memory - which is composed both by the media and by other surrounding environmental data. "Lapses" consists of two art projects: "Exploded City" by Ahmet Ögüt, and "CATALOG 2009" by Banu Cennetoglu, both reveal the possibility for diverse memory formations - or diverse narratives - conceivable through lapses.
Born 1970 in Ankara; lives and works in Istanbul. Cennetoglu works with photography, installation and printed media. Her research explores areas of socio-political uncertainty and documentation of such uncertainty as well as the questioning of the ability of the photographic medium to document. After a BA in psychology, she pursued her studies in Photography in Paris. Cennetoglu lived in New York (1996 to 2002) and in Amsterdam (2002-2004) where she has been a guest artist at the Rijksakademie, before moving back to Istanbul in 2006. Here, in the same year, she founded BAS, a space focusing on artist books and other printed media works. Among the recent exhibtions her work was included are Geographies of the invisible / Max Museo, 5th Berlin Biennial, 10th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Athens Biennial, Brave New Worlds / La Coleccion Jumex and Walker Art Center, and Wherever You Go / San Fransisco Art Institute.
Ahmet Ögüt was born in 1981 in Diyarbakır; lives and works in Amsterdam. Ögüt works with a variety of media such as video, photography, installation, drawing and printed media. His practice incorporates interventions created departing from social and political realities of everyday life and recent history. He received his BA from the Fine Arts Faculty of Hacettepe University, and his MFA from the Art and Design Faculty of Yildiz Technical Üniversity. Ögüt has been a guest artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2007-2008. Exhibitions in which his work has been included are among others: The Generational / New Museum, 7th SITE Santa Fe Biennial, 5th Berlin Biennial, Fuild Street / KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, 1st Contemporary Art Biennale of Thessaloniki, 9th Istanbul Biennial, Be[com]ing Dutch / Van Abbemuseum, Stalking with Stories / Apexart, Car Culture / Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; and solo shows at Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Küntlerhaus Bremen and Kunsthalle Basel.
The project developed for the Pavilion of Turkey is titled as “Lapses”. A lapse in the linear and continuous flow of time implies either a sense of disorientation or a disconnection with our personal surroundings. Only by recognizing (après coup) such a lapse do we realize our ability to restructure memory in the space and time continuum through an uninterrupted flow, with afterimages that recur by narrations and our senses. This is a subjective act. However, in societies dependent on the credibility of everyday media, huge visual archives operate as the collective memory.
The project is accompanied by a three volume book series. The first and third volumes are edited by Basak Senova, while the second volume is edited by Jalal Toufic.
Senova has assigned Nazli Gürlek as the assistant curator of the project.
Basak Senova is one of the founding members of NOMAD and an Assist. Prof. Dr. at Kadir Has University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Communication Design. Previous projects that she has curated include "Conscious in Coma", "ctrl_alt_del", "under.ctrl", and the exhibitions "Rejection Episodes" and "Unrecorded."
Image: Ahmet Ögüt, Video still from Death Kit train. 2005. Video, 2’ 57’’ © Ahmet Ögüt
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