Exhibition Dates: 11 -20 of November 2015
Location: Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4BU, UK.
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00 daily.
Artists: Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Nezaket Ekici, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Paul Hodgson, Antonio Riello, Taus Makhacheva
Organised by: Open Space Istanbul & Open Dialogue Istanbul
Curated by: Huma Kabakcı & Billur Tansel
Following the exhibitions in London and its launch event in Istanbul, the international art project Open Space Istanbul in collaboration with Open Dialogue Istanbul, which aim to bring together the artists, curators and art professionals, presented the exhibition entitled “Crossing Lines” that took place in London. “Crossing Lines” aimed to explore the alienation and estrangement process each individual goes through in life, through the interpretations of seven artists from different backgrounds and nationalities.
“With the recent global conflicts stirring the world, questioning identity, what it means and what it represents becomes more crucial.” The exhibition titled “Crossing Lines” explored the ever-ongoing search for these identities from the artists’ point of view.
Artists often explore the characteristics that determine our personal and social identity. They construct a sense of who we are as individuals, as a society, or as a nation. They question stereotypes and conventions while exploring attributes such as gender, sexuality, race, nationality and heritage. Therefore, artists’ response and interpretation to this idea of “Crossing Lines” was vital.
Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt’s video titled On the Stage consisted of performative scenes of poses of the protesters that are taken from photographs of actual demonstrations meanwhile, Paul Hodgson’s both Untitled 7 and Untitled 9 paintings employed different types of pictorial language within a single image in a more subtle way. While Ergin Cavuşoğlu’s Résurrection des Mannequins video was detailed and descriptive, his Hanged Man relief took a more forward approach in exploring identity and this aspect of suffering of one’s identity. Antonio Riello’s artistic practice assimilates today’s artistic production to more or less an elaborate and ritual form of “identity trafficking”. In Nezaket Ekici’s video Veiling and Revealing one could see that the artist explores the intimacy and openness, with the politics of visibility and concealment with a playful (self-) representation. Lastly, in her early video work Carpet Taus Makhacheva constantly rolls in and out of an old Dagestani carpet, known as a kilim. The carpet’s design symbolises the Garden of Eden.
All of these individual approaches to “identity” was explored thoroughly with this exhibition “Crossing Lines” by including side events such as; discursive talks and presentations exploring the topics identity and culture.