Cda-Projects Grant Lecture Performance Series

Aykan Safoğlu
March 22nd, 2013, 18:30, KAT1

The lecture performance will be in Turkish.

Intending to articulate a visual language on a table top by reproducing chosen historical anecdotes with a focus on the 20th century artistic practice in Turkey, Enthusiasm aspires to imagine once again the dichotomies—such as form-content, original-copy, inside-outside, amateur-professional—that are widely discussed by visual artists and writers in the Westernization history of Turkey. Enthusiasm seeks its sole inspiration in moments, where the artist becomes a ‘hipster’ and without making any moral statements, takes a close look at the artwork produced under the possession of desire and the ‘modern’ artist, who produces it.

As they become figures on the wall that are projected from the papers on the presentation table, how can artists such as Muallim Ahmed Said, Hale Asaf, Mübin Orhon, Sevim Burak and Tezer Özlü, who produced at the center of social and cultural transformations, assist us in understanding contemporary art, artists and audience?

Aykan Safoğlu (b. İn İstanbul,1984) is living in Berlin. His work engages with history from marginal perspectives, in order to explore alternate readings of cultural artifacts, queer politics, identities, and cultural confrontations. He articulates discourses by drawing from popular culture, current events, and historic records, as well as from his active engagement in local communities in both Istanbul and Berlin.

The sailor, painted on glass by Muallim Ahmed Said, posing enthusiastically on the carpet, Aykan Safoğlu, 2013

For Cda-Projects Grant Lecture Performance Series, Burak Delier, Merve Ünsal, Aykan Safoğlu, Jalal Toufic and Selçuk Artut are invited to produce and give lecture performances between January – May 2013 at KAT1.

Each artist interprets the lecture performance format within their own practice and proposes performative strategies of staging discourse. Among the issues that will be discussed in the framework of Cda-Projects Grant Lecture Performance Series are artistic production and how it is marketed, autocensorship, construction of the artistic self, the vicious circle of eternal return and the troubled relationship of art practice in Turkey with the West throughout its history.