İstiklal Caddesi 136
Beyoğlu 34430 İstanbul
Bankalar Caddesi 11
Karaköy 34420 İstanbul
Atatürk Bulvarı 12
A Promised Exhibition
September 10, 2013–January 5, 2014
SALT Beyoğlu and SALT Galata
A long-overdue survey, A Promised Exhibition puts in perspective the two disparate yet concurrent aspects of Gülsün Karamustafa’s artistic career: paintings made with the local audience in mind and a more intrepid experimental practice. Spanning more than forty years and dramatic changes in Turkey’s political and social history, Karamustafa’s recurrent investigations of topics such as migration, locality, identity, cultural diversity and gender—from different angles and through various media—point to the cyclical nature of her practice, which informs the organizational principle of the exhibition. A Promised Exhibition does not unfold in a chronological manner, but rather mimics the spiral movement of Karamustafa’s way of working.
Artist Talk: Gülsün Karamusta
September 12, 7pm, SALT Beyoğlu
One, No One and One Hundred Thousand
September 10–December 26
Elio Montanari’s photographic sequences expose the concentration and passion of artists as they produce, install and rehearse their works for major art events and exhibitions around the world. Having independently photographed artists at work since the early 1980s, Montanari’s photographic archive offers an opportunity to assess how the photographer / artist / curator relationship has adjusted over time, and the role and canonical value of a document to satisfy the need for certitude.
In conversation: Catherine David and Elio Montanari
September 13, 7pm, SALT Galata
Roundtable discussion: Union of the Imaginary (VOTI)
September 14, 3–5pm, SALT Galata
March 31, 1998: New York. Carlos Basualdo and Hans Ulrich Obrist found the digital forum Union of the Imaginary (VOTI) in a meeting with Jordan Crandall. Later in the year Susan Hapgood is invited to help run the VOTI platform. Initially established as a permanent forum for the discussion of issues pertaining to curatorial practice, over fifty arts professionals were invited to contribute by participating in themed conversations.
A roundtable discussion marks the launch of the e-publication VOTI Union of the Imaginary. Past VOTI members who will participate include Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Dan Cameron, Jordan Crandall, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Susan Hapgood, Vasıf Kortun, Cornelia Lauf and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
September 26–November 30, 2013
SALT Ulus, Ankara
Icons of modernity, dams are man-made grafts in nature. They are insertions that propagate technological landscapes. Modern Essays 5: Graft facilitates the discussion of modern dams in Turkey, and in the world, within the broader framework of modernity’s relationship with nature. Like the grafted tree, rivers are not asked for their consent in the process of becoming “natural and national resources.” The right of nature is excluded in the contracts of modernity. The exhibition reveals the physicality of grafts by investigating dam lakes harvested in Turkey.