Lost Life

Lybian Streetartist Kais al-Hilali

Lybian street-artist Kais al-Hilali

was killed on the 20th of March 2012 by assasins in the middle of Benghazi. He had just finished a wall-painting.

Al-Hilali was part of a cyber-group called “The free generation”. They are spreading their wish for freedom by documenting their activism and sharing it on the net.

You are still here – Mona Hatoum at ARTER

Mona Hatoum„I‘m not one of those artists. Art shouldn‘t preach. I don‘t want to be didactic.“ (1)

The show at Arter implies works of the past two decades by the lebanese artist.

Mona Hatoums has some certain topics which are recuring in her work.  The centre of all is the human body, existing between violence, powerstruggles, imprisonment and vulnerability.

“Ride the Caspian” von Almagul Menlibayeva and Bahar Behbahani

Videoinstllation by Almagul Menlibayeva und Bahar Behbahani in the show “Aftermath” at Aksanat-Istiklal Caddesi Beyoğlu (14. März bis 28. April 2012)

Five countries are surrounding the Caspian Sea: Russia, Aserbaidschan, Turkmenistan, Kasachstan and Iran.

Almagul Menlibayeva und Bahar Behbahani call the Videoinstallation “Ride the Caspian” (2011). They are projecting fictional pictures of the shores of the Caspian sea on two screens. They are running like a simulated dialogue between the Near East and Central Asia.

Almgul Menlibayeva is an artist from Kasachstans. She studied painting and caught attention with her perfomances. Nowadays she’s working with photos and videos.

The artist is exploring the traditions of her homeland, which is influenced by the sowjet occupation and the spreading modernity of the postsowjet time. Women and her work getting instrumentalized by politics are her main theme. In “Ride the Caspian” she is contrasting the postindustrial landscape of the postsowjet ara with symbols of Kasach Nomads. Kasachs already were comlied by the Russian tsar.

These pictures are corresponding with pictures from Iranian artist Bahar Behbahani. She is showing agriculture and urbanism in the old rooted Perian culture.

Behbehani was born in Tehran in 1973. She witnessed the revolution, eight years of the Iranian Iraqui war and all the contradictions of life.

Unsecurity, supression, hope and extremes are the patterns of her history. In her works Behbehani is dealing with topics like love, identity, femaleness, moral and freedom. They are reflecting the suspense packed relationship between tenderness and violense, cultural rooted brutality and family ideologies.

In “Ride the Caspian” she is connecting the industrial landscape of the Caspian sea with scenes of persian daily life. The family atmosphere is broken by the the surrounding. The drilling island in the background appears like a always present threat. The spectator is left with mixed emotions.

Forgotton realities, false narrations and personal involvements in these items are the focus of “Aftermath”. The exhibition shows works by Adel Abidin, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Ceren Oykut, Constantinos Taliotis, Ipek Duben, Ozgül Ezgin, Rheim Alkadhi, Yane Calovski und Almagul Menlibayeva and Bahar Behbahani.

“State Paintings” von Özlem Günyol und Mustafa Kunt

“State Painting” is part of the exhibition “Istanbul Eindhoven Saltvanabbe”, Salt Beyoğlu, 27.01-06.04.2012

Özlem Günyol and Mustafa Kunt are questioning the models of identities being shaped by passports, borders and other formal categorizing symbols. Airports are simulating the illusion of a global identity, while some individuals are limited by borders all the time. Specially the passport is getting a symbol for mobility or stagnation for its carrier.

In the paperwork collection “state paintings” the artists are using items of passport as figures in their graphic works. The stamps for example are getting a decor, a pattern suddenly. They are purified to a simple abstract figure, freed from their originally limiting functions.

Özlem Günyol and Mustafa Kunt were born in Ankara in 1977 und 1978. They studied at the Sculpture Department of Hacetepe University. Since 2001 Özlem Günyol studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Mustafa Kunt was moving to Hessen in Germany as well. He started studying at the Johannes Gutenberg Universiy in Mainz first and continued at the art academy Städelschule in Frankfurt in 2003.They graduated in 2006 and 2008.

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