Total of 12 artists, one for each month, will produce unique works for the exhibition place by using it as a workshop during this project, which was initiated by Gizem Karakaş. The art work(s), which are produced by the artists, will be placed in the exhibition place after they fulfil the duration of workshops and the exhibition will be hold under the same name on January 2020 after a year of work. This exhibition will be also considered as 10th year exhibition of Galeri 5.
The project “Devir” is searching for dynamics between individual and collective production, viewer and producer, borders and freedom areas. The artists, who will join the project, will be decided by transfer system: The artist, who is selected to start the project on January, will select the artist of February; and artist of February will select the following artist of March and the process will continue so. Merve Ünsal is the first artist, who will also start the project on January, to be selected by Gizem Karakaş.
The artists will be evaluating their works by considering the continuity of previous works of other artists, moreover the place they are in, and the people, relationships, dynamics around them. An interview about the transfer will take place when an artist leaves the workshop and another artist takes it over at the beginning of every month. The artist, who is leaving the workshop, will inform the next artist about his/her works and period while the next artist asking questions about the previous work in this interview which will be open for viewers.
About Merve Ünsal
Merve Ünsal, who intends to use channels of text and photography beyond their formats, completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University with major in Art History and Visual Arts, and did master’s degree in Photograpy at Parsons The New School for Design. The artist, who is constituent editor of m-est.org which is an online publishing initiative, has attended various search and guest programs such as Delfina Foundation (London), PRAKSIS (Oslo), Banff Centre (Banff), Homework Space (Beirut) and more. Ünsal, who has contributed to so many exhibitions in Berlin, Beirut, Boston, Delhi, Cairo, London and New York, lives and works in Istanbul.
About Lara Ögel
In her artistic practice, Lara Ögel works with different mediums from paper work to video, and arranges place and context awareness installations. She received her BA from the Department of Film and Communication at Clark University. She attended the Intensive Summer Foundation in London Slade School of Fine Art. She has participated in PRAKSIS (Oslo), Beirut Art Residency (Beirut) as guest artist programs. Her works were shown in Beirut, Hasselt, Paris, Leipzig, Basel, Athens, New York and Amsterdam. She lives and works in Istanbul.
About Sena Başöz
Sena Başöz is a visual artist and director who living in Istanbul.
She received her BA in Economics at Boğaziçi University in 2002 and completed her MA in Film and Video at Bard College in 2010. Her latest exhibitions including the ”About The Lightness“ which her personel exhibiton at the DEPO Istanbul, the ”Silent Dialogue” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, the 13th Sharjah Biennial Istanbul Project ”Spring” and the Memphis Gallery-Linz (with Lisa Truttman). Her films have been screened at festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, Crossing Europe, Jihlava IDFF and Gran Paradiso. She participated to guest artist programs at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz.
About Merve Ertufan
Merve Ertufan (1985, Istanbul) usually works with video and audio. He is interested in the dynamics of human relations and especially focuses on dialogue. She attended the Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan (2015-2016) and completed the Visual Arts program at Sabancı University and the Art in the Public Realm program at Konstfack. Her group exhibitions include “Take You There Radio“ in Magasin CNAC, “PRODUCE 2” with the SPOT Production Fund, “Liebe” at Wilhelm-Hack Museum, ”Character” at Tankut Aykut Gallery, ”Suspended Song” at Co-pilot, “ISKELE 2. The Unanswered Question” at Tanas, ”Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment” at Arter and “Repeaters” at Verkstad.
About Burcu Yağcıoğlu
Burcu Yağcıoğlu was born in Istanbul in 1981. She studied BA in painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and MA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design at Sabanci University. In 2008 she moved to London to study MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths Collage. After her graduation she lived and worked in London for another 6 years before moving back to her hometown in 2016. She currently lives and works in Istanbul.
Yağcıoğlu’s practice encompasses drawing, video, collage and installation. Her works are often based on her investigations on the biological processes both as imaginative and speculative sources. In addition to her articulation of biology into her practice, another founding principle of her works is collage. She employs collage both practically and conceptually to relate things to thoughts, images to information, words to substance, old to new and texts to tales.
She has been taking part in both national and international projects, and her works are part of several collections. Some of her recent shows are; She Lacked Only One Defect To Be Perfect”, Museu do Trabalho, (Brazil, 2019), Paper, Pilevneli Project, (Istanbul, 2019), Part/Whole (ArtOn, 2018), Bahar (Sharjah Biennial, 2017), All the Light We Cannot See (Galerist, 2017), Jikji, Golden Seed (Korea, 2016), Ohne (Vienna,2016), Artist in Their Time (Istanbul Modern Museum, 2016), Reunion (Sabanci Museum, 2015), Texture/Collage (Tate Britain, 2014)
About Sibel Horada
Sibel Horada received her BA degree in Visual Arts from Brown University in 2003. Her focus is on the history of the personal and collective. She completed her master’s degree in 2011 in the Art and Design Faculty of Yıldız Technical University. She is inspired by form and text integrity in her works. The artist has also made some archival studies and researches in various fields, from historical materials to nature, for her productions. Everything that becomes stationary and lost in time and that creates a memory gains a lively and dynamic state as the starting point for Horada’s productions. Memory gains a physical and visual form by being constantly explored and reproduced in the process. As such, her works move around the forms of memory to represent not only the past, but also the time from when the current idea comes to mind to the future. Horada, whose interpretations are loaded with conceptual and symbolic references that can be interpreted within the flow, visualizes her narration with poetic sensitivity.
About Gül Ilgaz
Gül Ilgaz was born in 1962 in Istanbul. She completed her art education in the Department of Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Mimar Sinan University. Since 1990, she has been incorporating photographic images, video projects and space installations in her works. Using photography as a tool in her artworks, the artist has taken part in numerous photo exhibitions with her collections, namely the “Foto Istanbul” and “Beni Bul” exhibitions in Aksanat gallery, and in the “Photopolis” exhibition in Canada. She has taken part in various Artistic Workshops in the United States and in the “Informal Architecture Residency” program of the Canadian Banff Center. She exhibited her works in the Turkish Pavilion during the 50th Venice Biennale. She has also taken part in group exhibitions in many countries such as Spain, France, Canada, the United States, Belgium, Macedonia, Bulgaria, China, Korea, Slovenia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The Istanbul Modern Art Museum has some of her photo-works in the permanent collection, and her works now feature in many domestic and international collections.
About Melis Bilgin
Mesrure Melis Bilgin, an artist and academician, was born in 1980 in Istanbul.
After graduating from the Private American Robert College, she launched her undergraduate studies in visual arts and performing arts at Bennington College, and completed her BA degree in performing arts. Bilgin completed her Master’s Degree and proficiency in art in cinema at the Bilgi and Marmara Universities.
She has worked as a director, assistant director and dramaturg in various plays, musicals and operas staged in New York, and was the assistant director of the “Klinghoffer” opera, performed on the BAM stage of Ridge Theater. Her works have been exhibited at various exhibitions and festivals in Turkey and in many cities abroad, including Amsterdam, Berkeley, Ljubljana, Mannheim, Milano, Paris, Prague, Rotterdam and Varna. Bilgin was recognized with many national and international award for her short animation “Tetrist”. Her video works have been exhibited at Istanbul Modern, CerModern and at the Istanbul Film Festival.
Working interdisciplinarily, she currently lives in Istanbul where she produces short films, animations, video performances and visual performances, and also finds time to write. She also works at Istanbul’s Bilgi University as a faculty member.
About Özgür Demirci
Özgür Demirci (1982) is an artist who creates works in various media. A large part of his oeuvre consists of videos, performances, objects, installations and works specific to the location of the exhibit. Demirci obtained his BA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Yıldız Technical University in 2008, Istanbul, and his MA in C:Art:Media at Valand School of Fine Arts in 2010, Gothenburg. He is a PhD candidate at Dokuz Eylül University Art and Design department. His selected exhibitions include Trumbauer Family Collection, Kasa Gallery, İstanbul, Turkey (2017) Survival Kit, Space Debris, Istanbul, Turkey – Cultural Transit Foundation, Yekaterinburg, Russia (2017); 8. Makedox Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia (2017); 36th Istanbul Film Festival (2017); En Masse: Books Orchestrated, The Center for Book Arts, New York, USA (2017); Un Coup de Dés Jamais N’Abolira Le Hasard, Pilot Gallery, Istanbul(2016); PAS, Miza Gallery, Tirana, Albania (2016); Kassel Dokfest, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany (2015); Dedicated, Öktem&Aykut Gallery, Istanbul (2015); Stay With Me, Weserburg Museum, Bremen, Germany (2014); Migrating University of Mickiewicz, Adam Mickiewicz Museum, İstanbul (2014); Check Point, Depo, Istanbul (2013); Plains, Trains, Automobiles and Boats, SALT, Istanbul (2011). Demirci continues his works in Istanbul within the scope of Saha Studio Artist Residency Program which was organized for the first time this year.
About Ayşe İdil İdil
Ayşe İdil İdil completed her bachelor’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. İdil’s works, which document the possibility of sincerity, indicate the ruptures encountered in different kinds of connections. Her most recent work An absent door, always open, was shown at Poşe in December 2018. She and her contributor in the show, Deniz Kırkalı, organized Garp Sessions, a research programme of collective learning, thinking, and digesting structured around Alternative Guidelines in Babakale, Çanakkale. She hosts Mehtapta Safari on Radyo Modyan, playing music based on free association and expectation, and also Kirli Çakı with Larissa Araz, where they meet with people who are service-providers in arts and culture.