ISTANBUL APPRAISAL 10.06. – 11.09.2011

Cevdet Erek, Erdem Ergaz, Gözde İlkin, Koray Kantarcıoğlu,
Gamze Özer, Ekrem Yalçındağ
Guest Curator: Lars Breuer (Germany)

Istanbul is among the biggest urban agglomerations in the world. Yet in terms of art it appeared on the
international map only a few years ago. Developing at a rapid pace, more and more art galleries and off spaces
have opened in the city centre. The recently inaugurated privately founded museums and art institutions have
transformed the legendary Istiklal Avenue into a cultural mile exploring new and visionary approaches to
contemporary art. The Istanbul biennial was founded in the 1980s and has grown to become one of the most
important and prestigious events of its kind attracting artists and curators from all over the world – from this an
internationally important art scene has developed in the Bosporus.

Under the title Istanbul Appraisal the Pori Art Museum provides an insight into one area of this lively
development.  The show ‘Istanbul Appraisal’ includes works by Cevdet Erek, Erdem Ergaz, Ekrem Yalçındağ,
Gamze Özer, Gözde İlkin and Koray Kantarcıoğlu. For many of the artists contemporary Turkish social and
political issues are the catalyst and references for many of their works. Gözde İlkin (*1981 Kütahya) who is
not only known for her embroidered fabrics but also for being part of the political art group Atılkunst
questions the core ideas of education in the convergent themes of home, school and society. İlkin’s
installation piece Homework (2010) reacts to the early-age confrontation of socio-political threats by applying
symbols of governmental power and military violence on learning materials and stationary.

The colourful drawings of Gamze Özer (*1984 Bursa) explore universal icons and strategies of global pop culture transposed into a local perspective.  Özer takes images from the Turkish media and transfers them into her seemingly naive universe of cartoonlike characters – creating a cosmos of absurdity and paradox reflecting on a schizophrenic society.  In her new drawings, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse mingle among a group of praying men and religious slogans that warn against electric piracy. The exploration of the aesthetics of ornament and colour is prominent in the work of Ekrem Yalçındağ (*1964 Gölbaşı). Painted in an impasto manner his wall panel paintings – that cover the entire wall – consist of a stylized ornamental structure of flat silver outlines that contrast with a spectrum of colour and shades.

A realistic threat to Istanbul is the expected and inevitable major earthquake, however even this does not prevent the city from its rapid growth and expansion.  In a series of paintings entitled Natural Disasters  (2004), Erdem Ergaz (*1977 Istanbul) visualizes the hypothesis of different worst-case scenarios such as
earthquakes, tsunami and cyclones on the city. Painted in cold flat colours with precise technical outlines this series depicts illustrative models that give a more objective an analytical approach to disaster as opposed to apocalyptic prediction. In contrast to the exemplary and solid landscapes in the models of Ergaz, the
Bitmap Landscapes of Koray Kantarcıoğlu (*1982) become a fragmented, dissolved and elusive aesthetic.  Kantarcıoğlu’s series of digital drawings are composed of single pixels that trace the geological territory and formation of a mountain over time.

The structure of time and its visual and audible materialisation in rhythm and pattern is a recurrent theme in the works of Cevdet Erek (*1974 Istanbul). In his works Dark Light Dark (2007) and Day (2011) the sequence of absence and presence visualises the process of time in one of its most basic and essentially natural structures – the rhythm of night and day.

Istanbul Appraisal also includes a selection of Turkish fanzines and books from the continuing project Even my mum can make a book.  This project is dedicated to independent publishing and small artist editions of printed matter. Gamze Özer, Timothee Huguet and Kristina Kramer initiated it in 2010 in order to create a constantly growing and travelling archive of artist books and publications from Turkey and all over the

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Bandrolsüz – meaning without a hologram- aims to create possibilities for the sale and distribution of artists’ books and multiples. With this event, Bandrolsüz creates a platform for the circulation of new independent productions such as artists’ books and zines and aims to create new resources to enhance and support their production. We cordially invite you to our first event in which books by Bakkal, Too Many Books, Onagöre, Hellozine ,Reccolletive and Folio magazine will be on sale.


Initiated by Gamze Özer, Timothée Huguet and Kristina Kramer this project shows alternative publishings like zines, fanzines, artist books and self made editions. Following an open call participants from all around the world submitted their works. The presentation at Apartment Project is the second in a series as the project has the aim to create an archive that will be expanding and traveling through different venues.

video and pics of the event can be seen in bakkal.


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26/6  on sale at folio’s issue zero launch.

there will also be publications from l m n o p   shop , nieves, cafe royal books, Impulsive Random Platform , the mays and many other books from artists including jason hynes, andrew lister and matthew stuart’s  ‘crimson hexagon’, ella mccartney, greig burgoyne, pete mcpartlan and robert bidder.

superfolio will also be on sale, featuring limited edition postcards by issue zero artists: bumf collective, siân robinson davies, ben dawson and dead photographers project.

26/6 is also available on


Initiated by Gamze Özer, Timothée Huguet and Kristina Kramer this project shows alternative publishings like zines, fanzines, artist books and self made editions. Following an open call participants from all around the world submitted their works. The presentation at Manzara Perspectives is the first in a series as the project has the aim to create an archive that will be expanding and traveling through different venues.

video and pics of the event can be seen in bakkal.

alyysa duhe . picnic editorial . hadass s. ben-ari . michael j demeo . guillaume soulatges. nadia agnolet . jessica hans . mark pawson . nick hoffman . jason jaworski . henry ireland . french fourch . mathieu lambert . tristan pernet . gianluigi rivasi . max f. jozef tušan . andy rohr . heesun seo . daniel swan . morishita daisuke . luke ramsey . jon macnair . manfred naescher . david shillinglaw . tamas lakos . aaron mclauglin . gustavo ohnuma . david sherry . pedro ramos . rita braga gomes . robert roura . pere saguer . liz cohn & ole peterson . ananda serne . georg reinhardt . franziska brand . moritz grunke . shohei yoshida . tayone . gaelle loth . yan charpentier . ferran pla . terence hannum . sarah marshall . lou horvath . valeria cherchi . ada atakan . nancy atakan . linda gerner& sebastian körbs . goatheadcorp . danang sulistyono . meral öncü . nese akbaş . eamon espey . lino divas . christopher kline . brent wadden . mirak jamal . tom viguer . julien lanza . namik schwarz . daniela kicic . christy leigh stewart . paco taylor . mesut ugurlu . kazuma mikami . lazer art zine . nihal martli . jerseys para los monos . linda hallstan&linnea puranen . helen entwisle . martha verschaffel . emilie plateau . björn westphal . naivsuper book . piotr golonka . marco ambrosi . peter willis . le me got . andreas ervik . julia gruner . new papers . barriobajero . chris bird . ½ . hobby horse- 5003 . grzegorz kowalczyk . rené rogge . thomas hirter&andrea schulz . joakim drescher . jan von holleben . joakim ojanen . ines christine geisser&kirsten carina geisser . benjamin demeyere . RRR . scott massey . seda hepsev . hildemar cruz . tobias gutmann . hayley warnham . aliye arslan . px(c) . thomas bonfert . dunya atay . ece gokalp . ox . popup press . arpad szigeti . ponytail zine . kristina kramer . berkan tuncludemir . melis tuzun. hello soviet . melis sevincli . louis m schmidt . parca tesirli . ella plevin . ozgur atlagan . 213 magazin . emilio esteban . pat aulisio . marcos farrajota . bengi basaran . rie matsuba . jamie q . james kirkpatrick . futuristika! . saeki yuko . jessica williams . pinar ilkiz . pap zine . zeynep beler . joe villion . heike herold& katrin stangl . johanna illerhag . christina barsony . dennis pomales . christopher bettig . chinese wax job . benedikt rugar . sergi serra mir . rodrigo okuyama . laurent schmit . amandine meyer . verena weissenböck&julia klaring . skaal . pablo marcos garcia . giselind von wurmb . julien dupont . canan tercan . ulrike möschel . ayca oskay . cynthia lim . boris servais . dawn wing . murmel comics . pogo books . abdul dube . timothee huguet . job limbert . artik artist . steven paige . emir sehanovic .gaye kalavli . berenice beguerie . leopoldo henrique wolf . sarper dost . m. melis bilgin . sevim sancaktar . evrim kavcar . basak tunc . kerem durukan . gosia machon . ludovic beillard . selin kocagöncü . marie-atina goldet . lilly lulay . clementine coupau . vous etes ici . avraham rosenblum&julia crüsemann . serkan taycan . selim bahar . elisabeth corceiro&gabriel hernandez . anne-perrine couet . aram tanis . inga dorofeeva . ryuta abe . ali taptik . lars breuer . okay karadayilar . frauke dannert . paul st. savage . william g. buchina . franz von bodelschwingh . emanuel mathias . art limited . gozde becerikli . carlos lara . rene gordinez . gamze ozer . cagri saray . mareike poehling . cindy jansen . jonathan larabie . qi zhuo . lucy watts . denis mohr . serkan karaca . dragan prgomelja . cicek tahaoglu . murat otunc . saygin cakiroglu . dilara tekrin & begum baki . asu ceren & erkin goren . semra ozer . lukas jakob löcker & hanna priemetzhofer

Volkan Aslan, Antonio Cosentino, İnci Furni, Anna Heidenhain, Marisa Maza, Suat Öğüt, Gamze Özer, Tayfun Serttaş,

İrem Tok, Yeni Anıt

Açılış / Opening 22.06.2010, saat 16.00 / 4pm

Atakent Kültür Merkezi Ümraniye

Taşınabilir Sanat / Portable Art

İstanbul 2010 Avrupa Kültür Başkenti / Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture

I love Istanbul, New York, maybe you, but actually I have never been to any of those places and also I don’t know you. You have been to Hong Kong and I like that. Your friend tells me to make peace, not war and I feel completely misunderstood. I am also against power plants and nationalism, while I like Bukowsky, but those statements are in the laundry right now.

People are constantly communicating themselves: their preferences, their favorites, their world views and convictions or their sense of humor. On the unbuttoned and unzipped free space right on the textile chest these confessions are walking around in the streets. T-shirts have become more than a fashion item, even if they are subjected to trends as well as setting them. This piece of cloth is a tool for the open expression of political beliefs, cultural interests, and social movements. It expresses the need to belong to a peer group, a social collective and at the same time its total denial in a fuck you mode. Adapted to the single one via multicolored prints in prominent positions the t-shirt is a mass product that shapes the identity of the owner.

As an icon of pop culture as well as image carrier of a collective memory, it not only describes nostalgia, misfits, or the effort of social belonging and classification, but also strategies of the expression of freedom of speech, when thoughts, ideas, and views storm the public space.

The Heyday project investigates the t-shirt as an artistic medium that develops throughout street culture and exhibition space.

kristina kramer

don’t you think that attaching more importance to a symbol than the values it represents and turning it into a fetish object reflect a primitive behavior and raise doubts about the institution represented by the symbol?

solo exhibition in hinterconti, 23.04.10 ,

Ich sehe, du siehst, alle sehen immer das gleiche. In einer künstlichen Welt wollen, sollen, müssen alle Superhelden sein oder zumindest eine Strategie parat haben.

Dinosaurier, die einst die Erde dominierten und doch letztendlich keine geeignete Strategie entwickelt haben, kommen heute aus China. Aufblasbar in handhabbaren Formaten bevölkern sie in Massen Kinderzimmer, Swimmingpools,  Vorstellungswelten. Zwischen Plastikpalmen und Liegestühlen, auf Zahnpastatuben oder in Juniortüten sind sie längst zu den niedlichen Haustieren einer sich selbst beschränkenden, allein auf Konsum ausgerichteten Gesellschaft geworden.

Gamze Özer bedient sich Bildern und Elementen einer auf Künstlichkeit abzielenden Populärkultur. Wo die Schere im Kopf ansetzt, bastelt Gamze Özer weiter und entlarvt in ihren Zeichnungen, Collagen und Installationen Scheinheiligkeiten und Doppelmoral. in einer Welt, in der letztendlich alles wie Pornographie funktioniert.

kristina kramer

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