Tuesday, July 07, 2015

22. İstanbul Caz Festivali kapsamında düzenlenen Gece Gezmesi etkinliği

8 Temmuz El Yapımı Enstrüman Atölyesi 16:00 @tasarımbakkalı ve
konser 20:45@karga

El Yapımı Enstrüman Atölyesi1
16.30 Ha Za Vu Zu ile ön prova

El Yapımı Enstrüman Atölyesi2
17.30 Ha Za Vu Zu ile ön prova

Bu iki atölyede de kağıt rulo, balon, hortum gibi malzemeler müzik enstrümanına dönüştürülecek, 18.00’deki konserde de bu enstrümanlarla sahneye çıkılacak.

Adres: Rasimpaşa Mahallesi, Karakolhane Caddesi, No: 63 yanı)

Pop-Up Konser (18.00-19:00)


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Özgür Kazova / 29.05.2015 / Eyüp

Kasım ayından beri süren patronsuz üretimimizi hep beraber kutluyoruz. 29 Mayıs Cuma saat 19.00’dan itibaren fabrikamıza hepinizi bekliyoruz. Bu buluşma şimdiye kadar bize destek olan insanlarla tanışmak için bir fırsat. Biriktirdiğimiz hikayeleri deneyimlerimizi paylaşmak istiyoruz. Özgür tişörtlerin ve kazakların nerede ve nasıl üretildiğini görmek, gelecek ayları planlamak ve dayanışmayı büyütmek için birlikte olalım.
Kolektif Yaşam İnisiyatifi’yle birlikte hazırladığımız sürpriz Özgür Kazova Halayını hep birlikte çekmek, HA ZA VU ZU ekibiyle birlikte türküler söylemek, Karşı Kooperatif'le ortak üretimlerimizi görmek için ve hep bir ağızdan mücadeleye devam demek için herkesi bekliyoruz!
Rami cuma mah. Haciesref sok. Izi is merkezi 3/3 kat 4 Rami Eyup

video link :::

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Eröffnung: Mi, 05.11.2014, 19:00
Ausstellung: 06.11. - 20.12.2014
Kunsthalle Exnergasse WUK


Éva Bodnár, Nuria Fuster, Ha Za Vu Zu, Nicolas Jasmin, Santiago Morilla, O, Bernhard Rappold, Franz Schubert, Felipe Talo, Carlos Vasconcelos, Brent Wadden, Felix Leon Westner, Das Wiener Jazzpanoptikum.

Taking David Thomas’ lecture “The Geography of Sound” as a departure point, this exhibition project brings together artists from eight different countries: Éva Bodnár, Nuria Fuster, Ha Za Vu Zu, Nicolas Jasmin, Santiago Morilla, O, Bernhard Rappold, Franz Schubert, Felipe Talo, Carlos Vasconcelos, Brent Wadden, Felix Leon Westner, Das Wiener Jazzpanoptikum (Pils, Pulsinger, Zykan), and others.
All of them investigate sound and music in their work, however the approaches are different. On the one side are fine arts, popular music on the other. Not by chance, it was the art-affine David Thomas, singer of the band “Pere Ubu”, which he classifies as avant-garage, who triggered the idea behind the concept. In his aforementioned wonderfully erratic lecture, he skilfully draws a line from Thomas Alva Edison’s first phonographic recording to Elvis. He specially emphasises the stylistic finesse Edison demonstrated when choosing the words for the first sound recording in history. He spoke “Mary had a little lamb” into the horn. A children’s rhyme already popular in 1876, at the time of the recording. Edison could have easily recited something meaningful, an aphorism, for example. But he decided for the mundane, the everyday.
Furthermore, Neil Armstrong is identified as Edison’s disparate twin. Also he had his grand moment in the history of sound recording. According to David Thomas, he thoroughly messed it up. His “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind!” during the moon landing in 1969 sounded pompous, but also clumsy, memorised, and melodramatic in its metaphor.
“Big events are best heralded with small words,” concludes Thomas.
Time and again, the artistic practice offers – for example, at the beginning of a work (not to mention the quirky fear of the white canvas) or moreover in its titling – moments of pathos and grand gesture, the “Armstrong trap”.
However, the solution does not reside in establishing a style of skilful failure. After all, knowing that one can undoubtedly also provoke “big events” should imply to indeed highly value the things one is working on. The reservoir from which both artistic greatness and ease draw from is often the realm of “small words”. Failure can still ensue later on.

In this sense, Edison’s self-ironic saying “I have not failed – I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” inspired the selection of artistic personalities. For all of them experimenting, discarding, hence constant perfecting is the key.

Éva Bodnár, inventor and proponent of Happy Anfang, pursues in her paintings a porous approach to film, music, and language. Brent Wadden favours the weaving loom as an instrument of analytical slowness. Carlos Vasconcelos’ objects and videos seem to have been forged in an alchemic workshop, steeped in the search for purification and punctuated by the roughness of noise. Ha Za Vu Zu are devoted to passionate and performative irony. Bernhard Rappold turns lapsteel guitars into a visual object. Nicolas Jasmin presents painting von Time to Zeit. Das Wiener Jazzpanoptikum usually attends to DJing on Thursdays and during the exhibition to painting home organs. Franz Schubert shows a silent video interpretation of Gerhard Richter’s Sonic Youth record cover.
In his video Rem Verso Santiago Morilla mimes the artistic Francis of Assisi and holds a graphic dialogue with trees, rats, and birds. On the harbour of a Chinese metropolis one can follow Felipe Talo’s video attempt to generate a magic triangle between a trumpet player, a signalling freight steamboat, and his own chalk drawing. Teresa Rotschopf alias O shows her new music video 2410. Felix Leon Westner performs between vocals and mural drawing, between diagram and loop, thereby digging into the brittle and fragile nature of pop. In her installations and sculptures the trained dancer Nuria Fuster works with the remnants of our society. From used properties of things she distils human corporeality.
(Bernhard Rappold)

In the framework of Vienna Art Week, a performance and concert night takes place on November 21.

Exhibition: November 6 – December 20, 2014
Opening: November 5

Performance / Concert night:
November 21, 2014 from 7 pm.

Du Videot II von Éva Bodnár
Felix Leon Westner
O (Teresa Rotschopf)
Ha Za Vu Zu
Trumatic & Felix Leon Westner
DJ Nicolas Jasmin



Limousine, 2009, Photo print on paper - Ha Za Vu Zu


Platform 0090 invited HA ZA VU ZU to take part in this exhibition. They will be in residency from 10 till 17 November 2014.

Ha Zu Vu Zu is an artist collective based in Istanbul. The collective acts with an absence or switch of hierarchy to encourage the unpredictable within sound and vision. Ha Za Vu Zu sees itself as a hub of abundant collaboration and exchange of ideas. The groups work lies somewhere between performance and agitprop, humour and the organisation of offbeat evenings. The form is variable, spanning performance, installation, videos and objects (from books, flags and banners to mutated disco balls and assorted ephemera).

Ha Za Vu Zu takes part in Hotel Charleroi with a vocalizing performance which is based on making simple vocals as a choir in the range of language to sound for the video on a big screen. The video is made of images that are captured from tv and internet in relation to everyday life dynamics, urbanism, public movements and soon. The performance is realized with the participants.

Besides Ha Za Vu Zu will realize an installation as well as a music performance.

see hazavuzu blogspot for more work


After the colossal Palais des Expositions in 2012 and the suburb town of Marchienne in 2013, HOTEL CHARLEROI settles in Ville Basse, an area that experiences heavy transformations since a couple of years. The present state of Ville Basse -a field of rubble- offers an ideal point of departure for new reflections about Charleroi, its challenges and possibilities.

From 14th till 16th November 2014, the public from Charleroi and elsewhere will be at the centre of LA FORCE DU CHANGEMENT: a dense program including performances, discussions, workshops and interventions proposed by over thirty contemporary artists and collectives for Charleroi.

The energy gathered during the weekend will take shape in the collective construction of a tower on the site of the future shopping mall Rive Gauche. An ephemeral sign for and from the inhabitants of Charleroi, defying the ravaged area, the city and the weather.

All info: hotelcharleroi.com

Friday 14 nov, 6pm:   Presentation of the Winter School, Opening perfomances by à;GRUMH, Ha Za Vu Zu, Sandrine Verstraete & Jean de Lacoste,..
Saturday 15 nov, 10am:   « Theory day » with workshops, discussions, lectures and screenings by Lia Perjovschi , Stijn Van Dorpe , Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Kit Hammonds, Renzo Martens, Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost, The Public School for Architecture, The Mental Masonry Lab, NO FUTURE Komplex, …
Sunday 16 nov, 2pm:   Celebration of the tower, football with Montegnet Street Quintet and interventions of  Gelitin, Joep Van Lieshout,..

à;GRUMH // Anna Witt // Annabel Lange // Astrid Seme // [bæk’steɪdʒ] // Baptiste Elbaz // Benoit Félix // Dan Perjovschi // Emmanuel Van der Auwera // Eva Seiler // Gelitin // InterfacultyGROUP // Jean-Philippe De Visscher //Johanna Tinzl // Jozef Wouters // Ha Za Vu Zu // Joep Van Lieshout // Kit Hammonds // Konrad Kager // Lia Perjovschi // Manfred Hubmann // The Mental Masonry Lab // Montegnet Street Quintet // NO FUTURE Komplex // Oberliht // Paul Hendrikse // The Public School for Architecture // Raumte (Pieter Jennes & Maxime Peeters) // Renzo Martens // Robin Vanbesien // Sandrine Verstraete & Jean de Lacoste // Serge Stephan // Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost // Sophie Thun & Maria Giovanna Drago // Stijn Van Dorpe avec Romain Ladrière, Guillaume Theys, Filka Sekulova, Florence Scialom e.a. // Thomas Geiger & Pierre Silverberg //  …

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Moving Museum Istanbul: Exhibition Opening / 28 October 2014


Amalia Ulman, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Anne De Vries, Aslı Çavusoglu, Bea Schlingelhoff, Ben Schumacher, Burak Delier, Daniel Keller, David Douard, Elmas Deniz, Emanuel Rossetti, Ethan Cook, Flavio Merlo, George Henry Longly, Günes Terkol, Haig Aivazian, Hale Tenger, Hannah Perry, Harm van den Dorpel, Ha Za Vu Zu, Helga Wretman, Hito Steyerl, Ilja Karilampi, Iz Öztat, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jeremy Bailey, Joe Hamilton, Jon Rafman, Jonas Lund, Jumana Manna, Lara Ögel, Larissa Sansour, Leyla Gediz, Mai-Thu Perret, Michael Staniak, Ming Wong, N Dash, Nilbar Güreş, Oliver Osborne, Özlem Altın, Peles Empire, Phillip Zach, Rafaël Rozendaal, Tobias Madison, Volkan Aslan, Zach Blas

On October 28, The Moving Museum will launch it’s 2014 Istanbul exhibition in the Sishane Otopark. It will be held across 3 floors of the complex, inhabiting five central halls, a metro level mezanine, and the public outdoor park. The exhibition will span over 80,000 square feet and will feature newly commissioned presentations by all 46 artists and collectives during an intensive three month residency period in Istanbul.

Over the past 3 months The Moving Museum saw 35 international artists join 11 local artists in Istanbul in a period of intensive research, production, and public engagement, and each artist was commissioned to engage in a major new work during their time in the city. The artists represents a generation of practitioners working seamlessly across disciplines and borders, displacing aesthetics and redefining best practices against a backdrop of constant change. The exhibition serves to articulate these approaches through the locus of Istanbul, a city echoing this artistic flux, and whose questions and promises embody a microcosm of compatible concernes.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Moving Museum// workshop - Ağlama Atölyesi: The Crying Workshop at Caferiye Han 2014

Beraber ağlayalım mı? Gülmek için ağlayalım mı? Bu cumartesi Ha Za Vu Zu hepimizi nemli bir cumartesi için Caferiye Han'a bekliyor.
When was the last time you've cried with other people? Can tears bring us together? We're inviting you to moisten this dry universe. Crying for nothing! Crying for laughing!

En son ne zaman birileri ile ağladınız? Gözyaşları bizi bir araya getirebilir mi? Sizi bu kupkuru evreni nemlendirmeye davet ediyoruz. Hiçbir şeye ağlamak! Gülmek için ağlamak!
Live music performance
Dj set
Saturday 3-5 pm


Torun Pazarı / ANKARA- 2014 - HZVZ cd kapaklari

11 - 12 Ekim // October 13:00 - 19:30

(english below)

Torun bu sene de, mekanın sürdürülebilirliğine destek amaçlı gerçekleşirken bir panayıra dönüşüveren Torun Pazarını organize ediyor. Torun Pazarı sene boyunca Torun’un satışa odaklandığı yegane an. Geçtiğimiz sene 73 sanatçı ve inisiyatifin katılımıyla oldukça hareketli geçen Pazar Torun’un bugünkü sürdürülebilirliğini sağlayan önemli ekonomik etkinliklerden biri. 

Onlarca sanatçı ve sanat oluşumunun desteğiyle ortaya çıkan bu iki günlük etkinlikte bir sürü farklı disiplinden işin ve tasarım objelerinin yan yana yarattığı çılgın karmaşanın orta yerinde buluşup müzik performanslarına eşlik edeceğiz. Pazar boyunca Torun’da bulabileceğiniz işler çok güzeller! Bizlerle işlerini paylaşan sanatçılar, Torun’da çalmaya gelecek müzisyenler, yemekler hazırlayacak hamaratlar, mekanı yeniden tasarlayıp bir pazara dönüştüren kızlar oğlanlarla, 11 12 ekimde Torun Pazarına sizleri de bekliyoruz!


Held for the first time last year, artists’ works and designs will be up for sale at Torun Market again for a second year! The event which serves as a market-bazaar, is the sole moment of the year when Torun is focused on sales. Last year Torun Market was abuzz with the participation of 73 artists and initiatives which helped sustain Torun today and became an important economic resource. 

The event, which is able to take place with the support of a legion of artists and artistic entities come together from various disciplines, is formed into a crazy display of art works and design objects accompanied by musical performances. The works you will see during the market are wonderful! Together with all the artists who shared their works with us, the musicians who will play on the day, the diligent cooks preparing the food, the girls and boys helping transform the space into a marketplace, we can't wait to see you at Torun Market on 11 & 12 of October!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Daily Pasture-Video Art Exhibition on the ‘New Silk Road’


Daily Pasture-Video Art Exhibition on the ‘New Silk Road’


Academic theme:Generalized Western and the Field of Xinjiang


Curator:Ni kun, Zeng qunkai


Assistant Curator:Zhang Xiaoquan

Friday, February 14, 2014

OyunBozan @ ArkaOda - 16.03.2014 - istanbul

Arka Oda için hazırladığı son konser programı ve süpriz şovlarla Ha Za Vu Zu Kadıköy'de

BUGUN Bİ GÜN @ Torun 3.02.2014 / Ankara


Köken Ergun 
Güneş Terkol, Güçlü Öztekin (Ha Za Vu Zu)



KAPTAN! HAVAYA BAK DÜŞÜYORUZ @ Klüp Külah / 16.01.2014-Karakoy

Ha Za Vu Zu Sunar:

Canli ŞOVLAR ::

LEMiUluç Ali



Dj Minibossaclub

Dj Tayfun Arasu'dan muhtesem MiXaVAnt albumleri
bir ihtimal supriz :: "Haylaf Üçgeni"

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Installation view, The Spirit of Utopia, 2013 Whitechapel Gallery, London

more  photos: http://thespiritofutopia.org/ha-za-vu-zu

Installation view, The Spirit of Utopia, 2013
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Copyright Timothy Soar’

Photo: Patrick Lears’

Monday, August 26, 2013



for performance video:: http://www.artspy.cn/html/video/1/1206.

Multitude Foundation and Wuhan Art Terminus (WH.A.T.) present the Multitude Art Prize in collaboration with the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA). Grounded in the concept of the “multitude,” in which the extraordinary (re)emerges from a social group undergoing a geopolitical change, the Multitude Art Prize examines the role of art and its relevance in different regions of Asia. The Multitude Foundation is a Hong Kong registered charitable trust founded to promote Asian contemporary art through international dialogue, and the Wuhan Art Terminus (WH.A.T.) is a contemporary art centre currently being developed in Wuhan that takes inspiration from the idea of the “terminus,” a place that both sends out and receives people and their ideas. UCCA is proud to host the inaugural Multitude Art Prize exhibition from April 28 – June 16, 2013 (opening April 27), as well as a special conference on April 28 placing the situation of contemporary Asian art within a global context. The exhibition, which will be held annually in a different Asian city, will feature five winning artists or artist groups representing the most creative, critical minds in a rising Asian contemporary art scene. In the accompanying programs, invited speakers, including leading Asian curators and scholars as well as Western museum directors involved in the institutional collaborative “L’Internationale,” will provide an eclectic, academic analysis of the present and future of contemporary art in Asia.
  • 1.    Yao Jui-chung, Taiwan
    2.    Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Philippines
    3.    MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, Korea
    4.    Raqs Media Collective, India
    5.    Ha Za Vu Zu, Turkey

    Yao Jui-chung was born in Taipei in 1969, and graduated from the National Institute of the Arts (Taipei National University of the Arts) with a degree in Art Theory. Yao is one of the region’s most prolific contemporary artists, and a fervent supporter of Taiwanese art both at home and abroad. His oeuvre encompasses installation, photography, performance, video, works on paper and sculpture, as well as several books; consistent in his varied work is an examination of the absurdity of the human condition. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including representing Taiwan in “Facing Faces-Taiwan” at the 1997 Venice Biennale. He has curated exhibitions including “The Realm of Illusion – The New Wave of Taiwan Photography” (2002) and “King-Kong Never Dies – The Contemporary Performance & Video Art in Taiwan” (2003). His works are in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts; the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; Bibliothèque National de France, Paris, and many private collections. Yao has also published several books, and teaches in the Department of Fine Arts at the National Taiwan Normal University.

    Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan work together as a couple, both as parents and artists. Alfredo was born in the Philippines in 1962, graduated from the Philippine Women’s University in 1986, earned his MA from the Polytechnic University of Norwich, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Isabel was born in the Philippines in 1965, and graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from Assumption College in Makati City, Philippines. Alfredo and Isabel pursue individual creative projects, but also collaborate artistically on issues relating to family and community, specifically their everyday life with a family of five children. The duty of raising these children and ensuring their well-being has come to inflect their work with collective habits – or habits of collection – as well as with a deep engagement with the question of belonging. In the Philippines, where filial ties are extensive, the Aquilizan brood cannot be solitary; it is part of a community of kin that weaves in and out of the household. Through the years, the home as an abode gathers testimonies of passage: of clothes and toys outgrown, furniture stacked in storage, and other possessions strewn along paths.
    For the past ten years, the Aquilizans have continuously collected fragments for their protracted “Project Belonging” (1997-2007).The artists have been invited to participate in a number of international biennales and survey exhibitions including “Touched” Exhibition, TATE Liverpool, UK; Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (1999/2009); Biennale Cuvee, Selection of World Art Ok Contemporary Art Center (2009); Dojima Biennale, The World Through Art (2009); Singapore Biennale (2008); Adelaide Biennale (2008); Biennale of Sydney (2006); EchigoTsumari (2006); Gwangju Biennale (2004); La Biennale de Venecia (2003); and the Pusan Biennale (2002). Both artists live and work between Brisbane and Manila with their five children.

    MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho
    MOON Kyungwon received her Ph.D in Visual Communication at Yonsei University, Korea, MFA on Art from California Institute of the Arts, USA, and MFA / BFA from EwhaWomans University, Korea. Some of MOON’s selected solo exhibitions include “GREENHOUSE” at Gallery Hyundai, Seoul (2010), and works from a residency at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka (2004). She has also participated in several group exhibitions including Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2012); dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel (2012), Korea Artist Prize, Gwachun (2012); “A Silent Voice” at Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo (2010); “A Different Similarity” at Bochum Museum, Bochum (2010); santral Istanbul, Istanbul (2009); Now Jump at Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin (2008); and Nanjing Triennale at RCM Museum of Modern Art, Nanjing (2008). MOON worked with Tadao Ando for a public art project at Genius Loci in Seopjikoji, Jeju Island, Korea (2007), as well as Media Canvas at Seoul Square, Seoul (2010). MOON is a recipient of the 2012 Grand Prize of Gwangju Biennale, and 2012 Korea Artist Prize, co-organized by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, and the SBS Foundation. MOON’s works are collected in the Fukuoka Asia Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan; Monte Video, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, amongst other places.
    JEON Joonho received his MA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design and BFA from Dongeui University. JEON has had several solo exhibitions at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo (2009); GalerieThaddaeusRopac, Paris (2008); Arario Gallery, Cheonan (2008); and at Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York (2007). JEON has also participated in several group exhibitions including dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel (2012); Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama (2011); “Your Bright Future” at LACMA, LA (2009); The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas (2008); “All About Laughter” at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); and “Metamorphosis” at L’EspaceCulturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2008). JEON is a recipient of the Grand Prix of the 27th Biennial of Graphic Art in Ljubljana, 2007, and also a prize at the Gwangju Biennial, 2004. His works are included in the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea.

    Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1992 by independent media practitioners Monica Narula (1969), JeebeshBagchi (1965), and ShuddhabrataSengupta (1968). Based in Delhi, India, Raqs Media Collective have been variously described as artists, curators, editors and catalysts of cultural processes. Their work, which has been exhibited widely in major international spaces and events, locates them along the intersections of contemporary art, historical enquiry, philosophical speculation, research and theory – often taking the form of installations, online and offline media objects, performances and encounters. Raqs is based at Sarai at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi, an initiative they cofounded in 2000 aiming at developing a public and creative model of research-practice. Though Raqs has a background in documentary film, since being invited to participate in the Documenta 11 art show in Kassel, Germany in 2002, the group has been working more in the contemporary art field. In addition to Documenta and the Venice Biennale, the group’s work has been shown at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Liverpool Biennial, and the Guangzhou Triennial. Raqs was awarded the Unesco-DigiArts Award at ISEA 2004, and in 2006 was invited to co-curate the show “On Difference” in the Kunstverein in Stuttgart, Germany.
    Raqs is a word in Persian, Arabic and Urdu and means the state that “whirling dervishes” enter into when they whirl. Raqs signifies and embodies the practice of a kinetic contemplation of the world. It is also a word used for dance.

    Ha Za Vu Zu is an artist collective established in Istanbul in 2005. Working in performance, installation, video, sound, and anything else that captures their interest, Ha Za Vu Zu’s creative process is rooted in the social; from works that involve constructing social situations with other groups or individuals, to the conscious lack of hierarchy within their own group in whichtheir members constantly negotiate power relationships by switching roles between the creator, director, and performer.Recent projects include “Underconstruction”, Apartment Project Berlin, Germany, 2012; “What a Loop”, Non Stage, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011; “Between Stamp and Mars no: 3”, SALT, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011; 10e Biennale de Lyon, 2009; “BREADWAY”, Urban stories: The X Baltic Triennial of International Art, Vilnius, 2009; “Our Teeth Will Be Snow White”, 10th International Istanbul Biennial, 2007; and “We Are Getting Vocalized”, Galerist, Istanbul, 2007. HaZa VuZu invites audience participation in their work, exploring new social roles and possibilities through this interaction.
    Colin Chinnery is an artist and curator based in Beijing. He is currently Artistic Director of the Wuhan Art Terminus (WH.A.T.), a contemporary art institution under development in Wuhan, China; and Director of the Multitude Art Prize, a pan-Asian art award and international conference. He was Director in 2009 and 2010 of ShContemporary Art Fair in Shanghai,and before that, Chinnery was Chief Curator / Deputy Director at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing, where he was instrumental in setting up China’s first major contemporary art institution. Between 2003 and 2006, as Arts Manager for the British Council in Beijing, he initiated major projects in experimental theatre, live art, sound art, and visual arts, bringing a wider public into contact with experimental practice.
    2013 Multitude Art Prize Discourse Series
    Shifting Targets: Approaches to Art and Multitude in Asia
    2013.04.28  10:00-18:30  UCCA Auditorium
    The Multitude Art Prize Discourse Series is an annual program of discussions that travel with the exhibition program across Asia, opening up thematically with each edition. As a starting point for a long-term conversation, this year’s inaugural conference explores questions fundamental to the project’s inception.

NY Times 18.08.2013





In Istanbul, Seeing Art Through Two Lenses

Ayman Oghanna for The New York Times
A recent solo exhibition by the Turkish artist Volkan Aslan at Arter.
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The art scene in Istanbul has gradually shifted from a heavily traditional one that celebrates the city’s history to a contemporary one that prizes its upstarts. Less than a decade ago, the city’s Museum of Modern Art was inaugurated. Last year the contemporary art space SALT opened. This year a number of Istanbul galleries will be on hand at London’s Frieze (as they were at the Randalls Island New York version and at Art Basel in Basel and Hong Kong).

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The artist Elif Nursad stands in front of one of her murals.
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Elipsis Gallery.
Emre Akcora
An installation and performance by the art collective Ha Za Vu Zu.
Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects
Rampa Gallery.
Now, it seems, the city has truly come into its own as a contemporary art hub.
Because culture so often regenerates, even within this nascent world is an older guard — established artists whose work graces the sort of pristine minimalist galleries you’d find in Chelsea in Manhattan — and rogues who create subversive street art. They, too, are gaining a foothold, sometimes presenting works in cooperation with cosmopolitan institutions. But their art, which is often on view in public spaces, seems more accessible to tourists, who may unknowingly come across it on a stroll through the city. Many works by these newer artists were inspired by — and on view during — demonstrations at Taksim Square this summer.
As I wandered around Istanbul in the wake of the protests, I explored this bifurcated world, and realized that seeing one side without the other is an incomplete viewing. Below is a survey of the two approaches juxtaposed, the best way for the eye to recognize contrasts.
Elipsis Gallery
This small photography gallery, opened by Sinem Yoruk in 2007, is tucked away on a leafy street in the newly stylish neighborhood of Karakoy. But don’t let its size fool you. Elipsis has relevance in the broader art world; it even counts the Guggenheim among its followers on Twitter. It has the requisite white walls and charcoal matte floors of a big-city gallery, and when I was there had a show called Edition III that included the work of an art darling: Civan Ozkanoglu, a Turk who now lives in New York. (He is also part of a show at the Museum of Modern Art.) Opening next month is an exhibition featuring digitally reproduced works of the avant-garde photographer Sahin Kaygun, whose medium in the early ’80s was Polaroids.
Elipsis Gallery, Hoca Tahsin Sokaka, Akce Han, 10, Karakoy; elipsisgallery.com.
Rampa Gallery
This gallery sits in a renovated row house in Besiktas, northeast of the old town, nestled in the little hills of the city and facing the Bosporus. Founded in 2010 by the husband-and-wife team of Arif and Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz, it is one of the most renowned galleries in Istanbul. It reliably delivers work by a set of high-priced artists who are no strangers to prestigious art fairs across Europe, and the gallery was part of New York’s Frieze this year. Its next exhibition, called “Open Phone Booth” (and opening Sept. 11), features pieces by the Turkish artists Cengiz Cekil, whose work is part of MoMA’s permanent collection, and Nilbar Gures, who now lives in Vienna.
Rampa Gallery, Sair Nedim Caddesi, 21/A, Akaretler;rampaistanbul.com.
Midway between the medieval Galata Tower and Taksim Square, and sandwiched between stores on the busiest shopping street in Turkey, is this well-regarded exhibition space. It opened in 2010 as an initiative of the Vehbi Koc Foundation. Since then it has regularly featured thought-provoking shows. Its recent solo exhibition by the Turkish artist Volkan Aslan, for example, included a memorable section with hybridized statuettes, like a lady in a red dress with a duck’s head, dispersed around the room. Come September, Arter will be hosting the Istanbul Biennial, this year cheekily entitled “Mom, Am I Barbarian?”
Arter, Istiklal Caddesi, 211, Beyoglu; www.arter.org.tr.
Ha Za Vu Zu
Your timing needs to be perfect to catch the experimental performance art collective Ha Za Vu Zu on stage, or on the street. This eight-year-old group is made up of a mix of five 30-something Turkish artists each of whom come with his or her own mixed-media super power. It seems fitting since their mission is to save the world, or rather to inspire social change and new ways of political engagement. One of their recent works unfolded at Bethnal Green in London, where as part of an exhibition with the Whitechapel gallery, they used 20 volunteers to supply vocals in an agitprop performance. Their intention was for these participants to make such statements and use them as a gesture of reaction for onlooking crowds.
This summer they tried to further their cause as citizens (not artists) at Taksim Square during the protests. To track down Ha Za Vu Zu, it helps to check their blog.
Elif Nursad
Originally from the Black Sea area, this protest artist regularly contributes cartoons to the political magazine LeMan. The writing may be in Turkish but the work is not lost in translation: it stars a cloaked superheroine on fantastical adventures within the Istanbul metro and on ancient cobbled streets. Ms. Nursad also sells some of her pieces online and through the Ilhami Atalay Gallery, which her father opened 30 years ago as a protest art haven. But the best way to enjoy her work is to keep an eye out for her feline murals around town, especially en route to the Hagia Sophia Mosque in the Golden Horn area.
Elif Nursad murals, Alemdar Caddesi, 22, Sultanahmet; elifnursadatalay.com.
Anonymous Protest Art
Politically charged street art proliferated across Taksim Square as the protests against redeveloping Gezi Park got under way. Temporary installations like a “Post-It” tree with revolution-inspired messages, a throne meant for a resting princess after protesting all day, a life-size chessboard with the Turkish police as the pawns and a Caterpillar loader sprayed bright pink all surfaced as artists were on view. More permanent works are still on view, for now. All manner of stenciling and graffiti with a political bent can be found on the tight streets in the bourgeois areas of Cukurcuma and Cihangir, including Liva Sokagi, Balyoz Sokagi (off the bigger Mesrutiyet Caddesi), Yüksek Kaldirim Caddesi and Sah Kulu Bostan Sokagi. The names might be a mouthful but they are certainly showcasing some of the best work in the city.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: August 20, 2013
An article on Aug. 18 about the art scene in Istanbul made several errors.
This year London’s Frieze Art Fair takes place in October, so it is not the case that nearly a dozen Istanbul galleries were already on hand there. It misspelled the surname of a Turkish artist who will be showing her work at the Rampa Gallery starting Sept. 11; she is Nilbar Gures, not Gure. It misstated the body of water the Rampa Gallery faces; it is the Bosporus, not the Black Sea.
And there were several misspellings in addresses. Rampa Gallery is on Sair Nedim Caddesi, not Cadessi. Arter gallery is on Istiklal Caddesi in Beyoglu, not Ystiklal Cadessi in Beyoolu; Elif Nursad murals are on Alemdar Caddesi, not Cadessi. And streets where stenciling and graffiti may be found include Liva Sokagi, Balyoz Sokagi and Sah Kulu Bostan Sokagi (in each case, not Sokaoi).
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