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15.4.13 ISSUE NO:2 – Discarded at HAYAKA ARTI between 18 April – 1 June 2013

“Discarded”, a selection of artists of by invited curator Deniz Erbaş, is a group exhibition on metaphors reproduced by means of recycling strategies of art for the body which at first is fully invested in by the system only to be discarded later on.

Artists: Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Dilara Akay, Rafet Arslan, Seçkin Aydın, Güneş Bulut, Özge Enginöz, Eda Gecikmez, Nurcan Gündoğan, Burak Karacan, Raziye Kubat, Zekine Kundukan, Hüseyin Rüstemoğlu, Şefik Özcan, İlhan Sayın, Seda Sela, Erdal Sezer, Gonca Sezer, Meltem Sırtıkara, Yasemin Şenel, Ercan Vural, a communication project of the alternative art and culture platform HAYAKA ARTI which aims to “provide free circulation of art between the virtual and physical world”, is opening its second exhibition on April, 18th in Tophane. The concept “Interface” and the discussion- encounter platform it has introduced over the web, is for the second time carried into the physical space of a gallery to reflect on the existence of art production within virtual and physical spheres. Invited curator Deniz Erbaş has asked all artists included in her selection from over 300 profiles present on the web platform, to propose artworks talking back to the conceptual framework of “bio-power”. Thus body and life that we are frequently forced to witness to full extent in all aspects through media and communication channels or political agendas, long fallen within the interest of power, have constituted the main theme of this exhibition. These works, disintegrating the body together with its living space and then rejoining the two by means of techniques such as collage, painting, photography and so on, while presenting fictions as to the existence of body within private, public and political realms, also manage to make room for reflection on the concept of bio-power. Social stereotypes such as sexual identity, womanhood, marriage, professional life, career and family, modes and potentials of the body‑turning into an object of politics‑and the cycle of life, the relationship between power and body are among the subjects of artists who participate in this exhibition.

Today we are living in a world where power mechanisms do no longer function through regions, geographies, patches of land or physical territories, but through the very lives, biological existences, bodies of people and societies. Power turning towards the body by means of several exclusion, confinement, surveillance, life preserving and terminating mechanisms in different fields of life such as education, health, and law practices, is now in possession of all necessary means to keep under control and shape the body and movements of each individual and thereby leaves no need for implementation of massive, general domination practices on the society. The body becomes politicized, and the more it does so, the fields to demonstrate individual opposition, rebellion and resistance also diversify. The exhibition “Discarded”, under these circumstances, intends to revisit the deep-rooted relationship between art, body and bodily life through the paradigm of actual art productions.

Works of Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Dilara Akay, Rafet Arslan, Seçkin Aydın Güneş Bulut, Özge Enginöz, Eda Gecikmez, Nurcan Gündoğan, Burak Karacan, Raziye Kubat, Zekine Kundukan, Hüseyin Rüstemoğlu, Şefik Özcan, İlhan Sayın, Seda Sela, Erdal Sezer, Gonca Sezer, Meltem Sırtıkara, Yasemin Şenel and Ercan Vural, that use different mediums and take body as their subject can be seen at HAYAKA ARTI until June 1st 2013.

Çukurcuma Cad 19A Tophane Istanbul
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'Encounters' Turkisch Contemporary Art in Korea

Country bridging East and West brings artworks to Korea
By Rachel Lee
Turkey, the country juxtaposing the West and the East, brought a collection of its contemporary art to Korea.
Titled “Encounters: Turkish Contemporary Art in Korea,” the works of both the up-and-coming and world-renowned artists in the Eurasian country are on display at Araart, a gallery located in Insa-dong, Seoul. Already underway, the exhibition will run through Sept. 26.
The exhibition features a total of 98 works by 54 artists that include Aslimay Altay Goney, Bedri Bayka, Can Kurucu, Kemal Seyhan and Zekine Kundukan.

The exhibition is organized by Contemporary Istanbul, an international contemporary art exposition sponsored by Akbank Private Banking and associate sponsor Zorlu Centre.
“I chose the theme ‘Encounter,’ because it has been 60 years since Turkey and Korea first encountered each other during The Korean War,” said Hasan Bulent Kahraman, the curator of the exhibition, said Friday during a telephone interview with The Korea Times.
“The title also means ‘encountering the two cultures.’ It is about the cultural relations that the two countries have built up and developed since they first met during the Korean War.” Turkey was one of the first major participants to send a brigade to halt the invasion of Korea by the North Koreans in 1950.
An interesting section of the show, entitled “Transitions: From Modern to Contemporary,” is designed to highlight a period when contemporary art became united in Turkey in its move from modern to contemporary. All of these artworks were produced after 1990, reflecting the conflicts that occurred during this period, which were expressed in their works using vivid colors.
The noteworthy names that have shaped the country’s contemporary art include Burhan Dogancy, Komet and Erol Akyavas. All of whose works have already been displayed at a number of museums around the world.
“The two countries have similarities. They both have tradition and modernity. The audience will observe it,” the curator added. “I think it creates a synergy effect when Turkey, the most Eastern country in the West meets Korea, the most Western country in the East.”
The “Encounters” exhibition will also be held in such big cities as London, Berlin, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. 

Sinopale 4 'Wisdom of Shadow: Art in the Era of Corrupted Information'

Wisdom of Shadow: Art in the Era of Corrupted Information

Presentation of the Project: An Exhibition on Zeynep Çakır
Prof. Andrea Zaumseil
Artists: Zekine Kundukan, Jenny Eichler, Martin Wöllenstein, Karl Pompe, Lucas Wronski

2.6.11 ISSUE NO:1 - Update! (Arayüz-Galeri Sayı:1 / Güncelle!) 25 May – 9 July 2011

Çukurcuma Cad 19A Tophane Istanbul
Tuesday – Saturday / 11:00  - 19:00

What takes place when works that exist as visual images at are transported to a physical space / to the gallery? ISSUE NO:1 - Update!, opened in Istanbul at HAYAKA ARTI Çukurcuma project centre on May 25th, 2011 under the curation of Derya Yücel . The exhibition includes the works selected by curator Derya Yücel which were uploaded before 10th of April 2011 to

The communication project of the HAYAKA ARTI alternative art and culture platform, namely, started off with the aim of sharing art on the internet. Yet the internet is merely the first stage within this alternative online project. In accordance with what our title ‘interface’ implies, our essential target is to enable the freedom of movement of art between the virtual and physical worlds, thereby presenting the opportunity/possibility of a second encounter for those art works that have already met their audience on the internet, by bringing them back to physical/conventional media - particularly starting with exhibitions and publications- and experiencing whereto these media ‘clashes’ on different levels will lead us.

Up to what extent can the virtual environment actually replace a real gallery? Where are we going to end up if we return to the conventional exhibition space again, after transferring from conventional media to the virtual one? Artistic works regaining their third dimension standing next to other works that have undergone the same process, are they going to differ or remain the same? The recent exhibition Update! is the debut of a series of long-termed real world activities plans to develop with the supply of quite a few open-ended questions/problems that can be posed during the course of this back and forth movement between media. is a "user generated content" project.


Art has always been relational on different levels; a social driver and/or a means of dialogue. One of the potential strengths of an artwork is its ability to "establish bonds and relation". In this context, the curatorial aspect of "" will favour a general perspective on contemporary art, without focusing on a specific theme or giving preference to certain media. For this exhibition artists are expected to produce works that place unique perspectives in the center, proposing perceptual, experimental, critical and participative models where processes interact intensely, sometimes even in a challenging manner with each other and "connections" coming into existence as the result of an exuberant togetherness and dynamic visual encounter will gain visibility. Thus with the aid of a whole of various tools/media utilized, the reflections of parallel existences of personal features as opposed to universal features and private features as opposed to public features will be attained. ISSUE NO.1 - Update!
25 May – 9 July 2011
Curator: Derya Yücel


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