Saturday, January 19, 2008

Die Letzen Dinge [Last Things]

January 26 – March 23, 2008
Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
Domplatz 10

Nevin Aladağ
Başir Borlakov
İnci Eviner
Leyla Gediz
ha za vu zu
Emre Hüner
Ali Kazma
Hale Tenger

Opening: Friday, 25 January, 7pm.
performance: ha za vu zu

Artist Talks: Saturday, 26 January at 2pm.

Organized by: Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center

Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center will organize an exhibition titled Die Letzen Dinge at Westfäelischer Kunstverein Münster.

This collaboration between Platform Garanti and Westfäelischer Kunstverein was not imagined as a familiar exchange and circulation project based on the presentation of the works of artists from one city to another city. Two different exhibitions reflecting on and discussing different approaches to the same theme were planned. The Westfäelischer Kunstverein exhibition will take place in Istanbul in fall 2008.

Even though theology resorts to concepts like death, judgment day, heaven and hell in regard to the eventual fate of humanity and/or the world, the ultimate underlying question is basically existence and/or nonexistence. The exhibition Die Letzen Dinge is a reflection on individual takes on existence and finitude.

Artists group ha za vu zu’s glittering and broken disco ball is an object that has witnessed a sad and violent end. Emre Hüner’s video shown originally in the 10th International Istanbul Biennial depicts an apocalyptical picture around abandoned industrial sites, waste pools and buildings in the center and the periphery of the city. İnci Eviner’s piercing photographs with eerie compositions insistently retrieve lost panoramas, what is secluded and concealed. Eviner’s creatures eluding rational descriptions linger between life and death. In Bashir Borlakov’s photograph, the man, who levitates off the ground holding onto two geese in the vast Caucasus Mountains seems to be reenacting a local myth about liberation, salvation and ascending to heaven. With a precise and medical stance, Ömer Ali Kazma’s videos stare without a blink, at life and death.

In Hale Tenger’s video titled ‘Beirut’, the flitting curtains on the identical windows of a huge building seem to suggest that what is apparent can hide ineffable violence and as the shifts from gloomy to frightening. In one of Leyla Gediz’s paintings included in the show, the artist’s reflection appears on the face of a beautiful young woman who had committed suicide. In her other painting, we gaze at the back of a middle-aged man wearing an overcoat that doesn’t seem to fit well, in an obscure, creepy ambiguity. Amidst these works that trace the very different aspects and limits of our existence, Nevin Aladağ’s “kissing” planes reflects on the poetics of the arrested moment.

While its space on İstiklal Street is being expanded and renovated to house a new institution bringing together Platform and Garanti Galeri; since September 2007 Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center continues to perform its public functions like the library, the archive and the Istanbul Residency Program in its temporary space and in 2008 the institution will organize exhibitions abroad. After the exhibition Last Things, in summer 2008 Platform is going to participate in the Santa Fe Biennial with 15 other distinguished institutions from the world.

The project is supported by Kunststiftung NRW & Goethe-Institut