Minor Heroisms

2. Sept. - 24. Okt. 2015, Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul. Kuratorin: Nat Muller. Werke von Burçak Bingöl, Extrastruggle, Hayv Kahraman, Aisha Khalid, Azade Köker, Femmy Otten, Imran Qureshi.
Sep 2015

Die Ausstellung Minor Heroisms zeigt Werke von sieben Künstlerinnen und Künstlern (siehe unten), kuratiert von Nat Muller (siehe ihren Text). Sie ist vom 2. September bis zum 24 Oktober 2015 in der Galeri Zilberman, Mısır Apartmanı, in Istanbul zu sehen.

Taking its cue from the art of Islamic miniatures, Minor Heroisms brings together newly commissioned work by an impressive roster of international artists who lend this centuries-old practice an urgent and timely interpretation. Neither small in ambition nor necessarily in size, the works range from the intimate to the political.

From life in the Mughal and Ottoman courts to Persian mythology, miniatures usually depicted the life of rulers, heroic battles, epic stories and magic worlds. Big stories, for big characters, told small. In Minor Heroisms both scale and the idea of the heroic are flipped and expanded. The works locate the heroic within small everyday struggles and instances of resistance that make up the larger socio-political fabric. This contemporary heroism is modest, often undetectable and does not always make the news headlines, for it goes against the grain of how our vision is conditioned and framed. It can be depicted larger-than-life or very small size; it can draw on the real or on the imaginary. This ‘minor heroism’ creates its own – twisted – poetics that comments, at times softly, at times loudly, on a state of affairs in the world. This state of affairs comprises politics, history, memory, but also more personal issues such as physical and spiritual love, faith and devotion.

The works in Minor Heroisms create their own imaginary where, more often than not, beauty, violence and struggle meet tradition and the present in a distorted reality that is compellingly seductive, as much as it is ominous and estranging.

Pakistani artists Imran Qureshi and Aisha Khalid, both alumni from Lahore’s National College of Art’s Miniature Department, and prominent masters of the new miniature, offer works that continue their critical expansions of traditional techniques into a contemporary vocabulary. Qureshi’s acrylic on gold leaf canvases explode floral patterns onto the paintings’ surfaces, creating a medley of beauty and destruction. Khalid continues her investigation of spirituality through three-dimensional objects and abstraction.

Dutch artist Femmy Otten tells a dreamy love story in the site-specific recreation of her 2011 installation New Myth for New Family that is influenced by classic Italian portraiture and Persian miniatures.

Also taking her inspiration from Persian miniatures, as well as Ottoman vases, Turkish artist Burçak Bingöl brings together a scene from a 17th Century Persian miniature with the recent political events in Gezi Park in her piece Unforeseen Resistance.

Commentary on Turkey’s volatile political situation is further provided by Extrastruggle, who has rendered a well-known foul-mouthed political comment in beautiful çintemani motifs.

Azade Köker has borrowed from Ottoman miniaturist Hafız Efendi to portray the eternal tension between good and evil in her mixed media work. Iraqi-American artist Hayv Kahraman in her painting Hameeha Harameeha, combines influences from the 12th Century Baghdadi illuminated manuscript Maqamat al Hariri with her own lived experience as an Iraqi refugee.

Zur Ausstellung erscheint ein Katalog mit Texten von Hala Auji, Nat Muller und Hammad Nasar.

>> Katalogtext von Nat Muller

 

Kuratorin: Nat Muller


Künstlerinnen und Künstler:

Burçak Bingöl
* 1976 Görele, Türkei. Lebt in Istanbul.

Extrastruggle
* 1970 Istanbul, Türkei; lebt dort.

Hayv Kahraman
* 1981 Baghdad, Irak. Lebt in San Francisco, USA.

Aisha Khalid
* 1972 Faisalabad, Pakistan. Lebt in Lahore, Pakistan.

Azade Köker
* 1949 Istanbul, Türkei. Lebt in Berlin, Deutschland.

Femmy Otten
* 1981 Amsterdam, Niederlande; lebt dort.

Imran Qureshi
* 1972 Hyderabad, Pakistan. Lebt in Lahore, Pakistan.

(Aus einer Presseinformation)

Minor Heroisms
2. September - 24. Oktober 2015

Galeri Zilberman
İstiklal Cad. Mısır Apt. No:163 K.3 D.10
34433 Beyoğlu / İstanbul
Türkei
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Kuratorin: Nat Muller

Künstlerinnen und Künstler:
Burçak Bingöl
Extrastruggle
Hayv Kahraman
Aisha Khalid
Azade Köker
Femmy Otten
Imran Qureshi


Siehe auch:

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Eine Bewegung des Culture Jamming und künstlerischer Intervention, ein politischer und Kunst-Performer in Istanbul. Ausstellung, Volta11 Basel.
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