The Time Needs Changing questions our geo-politically controlled notions of time. The three artists in this show give alternatives to linear time, which is currently strictly enforced by the power structures under which we live.
The works of Cao Fei, Nilbar Güreş and the Raqs Media Collective release the shackles of time, and suggest alternative and parallel paths. The exhibition presents a thought-scape that draws from three different parts of the world; China, Turkey and India. The artists explore time through drawing, video, photography, installation and new media.
Time is one of the many subjects addressed by the participants of the exhibition. Their works help us better understand our relations with ourselves, as well as those with the world around us. Nilbar Güreş questions masculine linear time; Cao Fei offers us greater control in a world where real and virtual intersect; and the Raqs Media Collective liberates time itself in [...]
Arles International Photo Festival, 02.07.–23.09.2018
Nilbar Güres, ANA-KIZ (Mother-Daughter) from the series TrabZONE, 2010
A look at Turkey’s contemporary scene
A Pillar of Smoke features work by artists and photographers who, from Diyarbakır to an Istanbul slum, from Trabzon (Trebizond) to central Anatolia, document today’s Turkey, a multi-faceted nation of obvious contradictions. The project began as a reflection on the creation, dissemination and reception of various kinds of images and art works in the context of what Turkey is presently going through. There is also a dialogue about those issues, ongoing for over a year now, with those whose work is on display here. When the official discourse tries to mask or distort reality, a new relationship to facts and the truth emerges. Today, Turkey’s artists, journalists and intellectuals take risks just by doing their jobs. This show pays tribute to those who continue expressing themselves despite conditions of extreme adversity.
Artists: 140 Journos, Halil Altındere (1971), Volkan Aslan [...]
Nilbar Güres, Double Headed Snake: Queer Desire is Wild, 2015
It is a strange occurrence, perhaps, that a public transport service announcement is the naming concept that will form and develop an international exhibition. But just as this familiar public announcement warns the public of the gap between the train or bus and the platform, it evokes “to mind” which is to say, to take care, be aware of, or be alert to the potential of an immediate and incipient danger. Similarly, the use of “the gap” is suggestive of a space that is a dangerous rift, a potential rupture or cause of injury, an unresolved state of the in-between. This year’s subject for XXIV. Rohkunstbau: “Achtung – Mind the Gap” (at Schloss Lieberose) follows on from last year’s XXIII. Rohkunstbau: “Die Schönheit im Anderen – The Beauty of Difference”, an exhibition that sought to celebrate international human and creative diversity by embracing notions of difference and otherness. This year’s [...]
Just a piece of cloth but laden with countless facets of meaning is causing a stir: the headscarf used by devout Muslim women to cover their head, their face, and occasionally their whole body. The religious duty of women to cover their head has been part of European culture for centuries, though. Its story begins with early Christianity and has remained a vibrant issue to this day.
In the Christian tradition, the veil becomes a symbol of dignity, chasteness, and virginity, and Saint Paul urges women to veil their faces when talking to God. Loose hair is regarded as immoral and only accepted as the exclusive prerogative of the Virgin Mary. The covered head is one of the privileges of married women, similar to the traditional habit of nuns, with mourners wearing the widow’s veil. In the Late Middle Ages, dress codes determine how women are to cover the heads and necks in the cities of Europe.
In the early 1920s, the Pope deplores the imprudence of women [...]