Downward Straits (2004) [installation in The First Round, Banu - Hakan Çarmıklı Collection exhibition Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul]

Cavusoglu, Ergin (2018) Downward Straits (2004) [installation in The First Round, Banu - Hakan Çarmıklı Collection exhibition Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul]. [Artefact]

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Abstract

Presenting an extensive anthology from the Çarmıklı Collection, "The First Round" exhibition at Galata Greek Primary School is open from March 6 to March 12, offering a multilayer reading for local modern art with installations, photographs, videos and paintings.

"The First Round," where nearly 100 pieces feeding on social sensitivity and produced by the freedom and authenticity of its creator are on display, shares its integral discourse beyond the identity of collector and collection.

Including works in different mediums, the anthology studiously reveals an idea and adventure searching for years. This adventure from the perspective of the collector, who also curated the exhibition, pushes the limits of new dialogues and expansions on every floor and in every room.

The exhibition, where young talents who are contradictory and innovative but away from the art market and cornerstones of conceptual arts in Turkey meet, is featured as a product of a subtle, common and critical perspective about the current issues.

In this busy agenda where a new trauma is added every day, pieces from more than 70 artists who tackle issues such as individual struggle for existence, gender and identity politics, domestic violence, patriarchal power, women's rights, honor and the traditional-modern dilemma are crowned as the main actors of the exhibition.

"The First Round" stresses the union of force among artists and collectors to reopen the doors to redetermine the limits of conscientious responsibility. The anthology will also bring power and energy to the space with events such as panels, thematic tours and performances.
Daily Sabah

Ergin Cavusoglu
Downward Straits (2004)
Ships move, ghostlike, between two shores. Some of these ships carry oil. Some carry containers full of the things we consume. The two shores are often cast as the shores of Europe and Asia. They are the shores of the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul. It is night time. We can see lights across the waterway. Some of the shots are from one shore and some from the other. The ships move both ways – right to left and left to right. There dark hulls and superstructures move across the lights of the other continent, momentarily blacking them out. All of this is happening on four large screens that the viewer is invited to walk through and engage with. The viewer is mobile like the ships, looking right and left as we negoti- ate our own passage. We hear sound too. The sounds of radio transmissions concerning the regulation of maritime mobilities. Ships are the vehicles that make the world work. They seem unremarkable: invisible even. Ships are old. Almost as old as humanity. They move across the earth’s surface relatively slowly. They do not attract the attention of the theorists. But the vast majority of the world’s “stuff” moves on ships. Ships are part of the infrastructure of mobility that hides what it is that is moving. Their apparent innocuousness is a deliberate consequence of the modern logistical imperative to standardize movements, to abolish stillness as much as possible. It is this linking of visibility, standardiza- tion and routinisation that global commodity movements are predicated on. This linking attempts to produce stability and predictability and, in turn, invisibility.
Downward Straits reflects on this largely invisible, mundane, passage of things across the seemingly contourless, borderless waters of the world. These ships only become visible as a kind of absence: the ship-shaped blankness that we perceive as the dim silhouettes of ships pass across the lights of the thoroughly coded landscapes of Europe and Asia. Here the thin passage of water acts as a liminal zone where mobility is juxtaposed with the seeming certainties of the hard, borderline landscapes that form the shores. The ship is a place outside of place. As in much of Cavusoglu’s work, a mysterious entanglement of place and mobility occurs asking us to confront the ways in which they make and undo each other.
Prof Tim Cresswell, (excerpt) fast forward 2 The Power of Motion, Media Art Sammlung Goetz (Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany 2010)

Venue Details

  1. The First Round
    • Location: Galata Greek Primary School - hosting the Çarmıklı art collection
    • Dates: 06 Mar - 12 May 2018

Item Type: Artefact
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
Item ID: 24634
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Depositing User: Ergin Cavusoglu
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2018 15:11
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2018 15:12
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24634

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