|I CAN SING
|experimenteller Videofilm | dv | Farbe | 7'0'' | die Türkei | 2008
The video ‘I Can Sing’ shows an Islamic woman who wears headscarf, singing a song in front of a new settlement buildings in Ankara, where the urban transformation process is tangible. In some aspects the video is related with the people who are forcing their way between the minarets that have traditionally dominated the city. Against the backtop of the recontructed home, a headscarf-wearing Anatolian woman sways to a lament. Her lips to move. But the soundtrack is Jeff Buckley’s bitter, defiant version of Leonard Cohen’s classic ‘Hallelujah’. ‘Well it goes like this / The fourth, the fifth / The minor falls and the major shift’: The major keys, characteristic o Western music, become a symbol of uprooting; traditional Turkish music relies on the softer, minor tonalities. Swaying to ‘Hallelujah’, the woman spreads her arms to the sky, lays her hands on her heart. What god is she singing to? The staging alternates between praise and lament, its reference to the global idiom of karaoke giving it an ironic touch.
(1965-Ankara-Lives and works in Ýstanbul / TURKEY)
He graduated from Gazi University, Education Faculty, Department Of Painting in 1989. Having completed his master and doctorate studies in Hacettepe University Fine Arts Faculty, Department of Painting in 1997, he was appointed to the same department as an assistant to the same department as professor where he taught for more than a decade. He currently works and teaches in Istanbul Culture University, Art and Design Faculty, Department of Communication Design.
selected group shows and upcoming events
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin – Italy
(curator: Francesco Bonami)
2011 “Festival of Confusion”BEURSSCHOUWBURG, Brussels (curator: Cis Bierinckx)
2010 ‘Spartacus’, video screening in Public Square
Dublin-(curator: Vaari Claffey)
selected recent group events
2010: `PastPresentFuture:Higlights of The UniCredit and Yapi Kredi Collection`, Yapi Kredi Culture Center, Istanbul-Turkey.
2010 “6th Berlin Biennale”, Germany (curator: Kathrin Rhomberg, catalogue)
2010‘Are You A Lucky Artist?’Fondazione Fotografia, Casa Di Risparmio di Modena, Italy
(curator: Francesca Lazzarini)
2009“That Women Running With The Wolves” Stimultania, Strasbourg-France(Curators: Çelenk Bafra, Murat Alat, catalogue)
2009 “Seriously Ironic”
CentrePasquart Kunsthaus Centre d’Art-Switzerland
(curators: Dolores Denaro, Iþýn Önol, catalogue)
2009 "Politics of Redistribution"
Magazin 4 Kunstverein, Bregenz-Austria
(curator: Sabine Winkler, catalogue)
2009 “Soft Manipulation, Who Is Afraid Of The New Now” Casino Luxembourg Forum d’Art Contemporain-Luxembourg
Stiftelsen 3, 14, Bergen-Norway (curators: Zoran Eric-Maria Lind-Enrico Lunghi, catalogue)
2007 “10th Istanbul Biennial, “Not Only Impossible But Also Necessary, Optimism In The Age of Global War”-Turkey
(curator: Hou Hanru, catalogue)