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Blackall Studios, 73a Leonard Street, London EC2A 4QS, UK
Preview: 9 September 7pm-9pm
Open: 10-14 September 2014, 11 am- 6 pm daily. Free admission.
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Ardan Özmenoğlu & Radhika Khimji

Co-curated by Aisha Mazin-Stoby & Huma Kabakcı, Open Space Istanbul presents its inaugural exhibition entitled “City Senses” with artists Ardan Özmenoğlu & Radhika Khimji exploring the multiplicity of cities and the urban life through materiality. Both artists explore a range of localities through international exhibitions, experimenting with various materials such as; cutouts, post-its, neon, collage and glass.

In our post-modern world with the recent rapid capitalisation and changes of various developing countries, there has been a drastic alteration in the materiality of contemporary art.

With the increasing interest in the Gulf Region and Middle Eastern Art, both Muscat & Istanbul play a significant role. Currently living and working between Istanbul, Berlin, London, Mumbai, Muscat, and Gwanju the artists and the curators explore the influence of these cities in their work and practices.

While Khimji constructs objects consisting of fragmented body shapes and drawings of images from popular culture, Özmenoğlu wittily uses everyday elements such as glass and Post-It® notes in her artistic practice that consolidate seemingly opposing ideas: the past and the present, art history and contemporary art trends, creativity and consumerism, repetition and individuality, tradition and innovation.


Ardan Özmenoğlu was born in Turkey,1979, lives and works in Istanbul. She obtained her BFA as well as her MFA in Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture from Bilkent University, Turkey. She was an Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Ateliergemeinschaft Milchhof e.V. Berlin, Frans Maserell Centrum in Belgium and Kulturkontakt Austria in Vienna. She contributed to several exhibitions since 2002.

Her recent projects are site-specific screen print installations, which incorporate architecture and sculpture, using various materials such as neon lighting, glass and post-it notes. The transparent sculptures by Ozmenoglu show an extraordinary glimpse inside the body. At the interface between printmaking and sculpture, three-dimensional portraits come into being.
Since her first solo exhibition in Istanbul and the second in Berlin 2008 Ardan Özmenoğlu continues to carve a unique place for herself in the contemporary art world, somewhere in between the disciplines of sculpture and printmaking.

Radhika Khimji (1979) was born in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman. After completing her BFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, she did her post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London and a second Masters at UCL in the History of Art. Her work deals with the idea of the body in motion, working with various media, including drawings, sculpture, cut-outs and collage. Previous solo exhibitions include Which Place This Place, Daniela De Prato Gallery, Paris, France (2012), Found Gesture, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar (2012) and Safe Landings, Barka Castle, Muscat, Oman (2010). Group exhibitions have taken place at the Saatchi Gallery and INIVA in London. Khimji’s work has been included in major international fairs, including Art Dubai, The India Art Summit and Art Basel Miami Beach, as well as the 2013 Jogja Biennale.


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