Nilbar Güres, Mutter Maria über dem Bügeltisch, 2019
Galerie Martin Janda is showing works by Nilbar Güreş & Július Koller in the SOLO/DUO section at ARCO Madrid 2020.
Both artists are dealing with concepts of identities, investigating them from psychological, social and political perspectives.
Seeing and being seen, concealing and revealing. Nilbar Güreş examines socio-political constructions of gender and cultural identities against the background of colonialism, and the manipulation of cultures by monotheistic religions. Diverging from a modern Western world view, structured by oppositions – culture/nature, mind/body, self/other – she engages with new possible forms of representation for female, queer and cultural identity.
In 1969, Július Koller inscribed a question mark onto the surface of a tennis court. This became the ideal icon for the ambiguity and uncertainty of the times, following the Prague Spring and the ensuing Soviet invasion. [...]
Nilbar Güres, Cemile is Standing (from the series Open Phone Booth), 2011
The heart of the solo exhibition Erzähl mir (Tell me) by the artist Nilbar Güreş is the work Open Phone Booth. Kunstverein Reutlingen will exhibit it in Germany for the first time. Basically, Güreş is following her roots in a Kurdish and Alevi part of Turkey. She portrays this landscape and the inhabitants of a village in a very sensitive way. This area is cut off from the metropolises in infrastructural, social and political terms. Central themes of the exhibition are cultural identity, internal and external migration, questions about the concept of home, as well as the organization of minorities in relation to ruling power mechanisms. The focus is on people and their relations to each other in private as well as in public space. It is depicted how war and conflicts influenced their lives and their environment. Nilbar Güreş works in the media of painting, photography, sculpture, performance, video and collage. She lives and works [...]
21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil: 09.10.2019–02.02.2020
Nilbar Güres, Torn, 2018
The presence of nationalism as a means to understanding the disputes that mark our time. That is the background of the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities, which will run from October 9, 2019 through February 2, 2020, at Sesc 24 de Maio, in São Paulo, comprising over 60 works of art and two collections, 55 artists from 28 countries, among video, painting, photography and installation.
The artistic director Solange Farkas, the trio of curators Gabriel Bogossian, Luisa Duarte e Miguel López and the members of the selection jury Alejandra Hernández Muñoz, Juliana Gontijo and Raphael Fonseca analyzed together 2,280 submissions from 105 nationalities to select works from Brazil, Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania. For the first time, the guiding theme was announced in the actual call.
The 21st Biennial borrows the title from Benedict Anderson’s classic study to reflect on forms of [...]
Participating artists: Nilbar Güres, Kateřina Šedá, Zuza Golinska, Selma Selman, Kalin Serapionov, Dor Guez, Kamen Stoyanov
The Night of Museums and Galleries festival was held for the first time in Bulgaria in Plovdiv in 2005. The format started by initiative of SARIEV Gallery founders Vesselina and Katrin Sarievi. In 2007 the two established the Open Arts Foundation – the Night’s main organiser. Like other “White Nights” around the world, the idea is for the audience to encounter artists, art and culture in unusual evening and late-night hours. In 2005 the program included around 20 events attended by around 3000 people. Even then the festival was already a cultural revolution, doubling and tripling annual visits in some of Plovdiv’s major museums and galleries in one night. The night is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable Plovdiv events anticipated and attended by audiences across the country.