Artist: Ardan Özmenoğlu
Curator: Huma Kabakcı
Does Not Exist (2012) Neon
Öner Kocabeyoglu Collection
Sex, Kebap & ArtBasel (2013) Neon
30 x 30 x 15 cm
Ali Dinçkök Collection
I am Istanbul (2016)
Mixed technique on post-it notes
“Made in Istanbul” presents an oeuvre exhibited at Osthaus Museum Hagen in Germany by Turkish Contemporary Artist Ardan Özmenoğlu (b. 1979) who currently lives and works in Istanbul. Geographically positioned between Asia and Europe, Istanbul is a swarming city of approximately 17 million inhabitants, with migration and trade owing through it constantly. Istanbul, which was founded around 660 BC as Byzantium, developed to become one of the most signifcant cities in history, consisting of an amalgamation of cultures and histories. Therefore, “Made In Istanbul” is an appropriate name for Ardan Özmenoğlu’s first solo exhibition shown in a museum.
The Osthaus Museum will be exploring Özmenoğlu body of work consisting of site-specific screen print installations, which incorporate architecture and sculpture, using various materials such as neon lighting, glass and post-it notes. The title “Made in Istanbul” is a mischievous take on the “Made In” mark, which is a country of origin label indicating the product is all made there. Whether it is the substantial installation of Spinning Washing Machines made by Post-it®s, or the rigorously painted glass sculptures, her sarcastic neon works, or her earlier works dating back to 2007 with Ottoman and Turkish references, Özmenoğlu manages to be stimulated by her surroundings and day to day.
The exhibition lasting for two months is a substantial representation of Özmenoğlu’s experimentation for the “New East” in other words Istanbul. The Catalogue will be published following the Exhibition.