April 11, 2018 - SALT - Spring Exhibitions at SALT
April 11, 2018


Bülent Şangar, Untitled (Windows), 1997-2007 (detail).

Spring Exhibitions at SALT
April 12–July 22, 2018


Continuity Error
April 17-July 22, SALT Beyoğlu

The first major survey of Aydan Murtezaoğlu and Bülent Şangar, prominent figures in shaping the emerging contemporary art scene in 1990s’ Turkey, is titled after the term for narrative inconsistencies in cinema and literature. Continuity Error refers to the convergence of the artists’ individual practices around collaborative works and the hiatus in their exhibition histories.

Reflecting daily experiences and familiar states of mind, Murtezaoğlu and Şangar’s works blend fact and fiction, shifting the emphasis from variations in singular realities to their societal dimension. Şangar features relatives or acquaintances in his set-ups, whereas Murtezaoğlu often builds on visual records from her personal archive. Instead of conceptualizing a passive viewer, both artists position the individual as an “interlocutor,” who thinks, makes sense, and maneuvers alongside the artists. Continuity Error, developed over an intense, two-year-long preparatory period, offers a selection of works revealing overlaps, discrepancies, and interactions among their individual and collaborative practices.

Along with the exhibition, public programs including performances, screenings and talks in the Walk-in Cinema at SALT Beyoğlu also start in April. Additional spaces available in the renovated venue are a serving Kitchen facilitating food-related cultural studies, a Winter Garden, a Reading Room, and the bookshop Robinson Crusoe 389.


Bureau of Unspecified Services (B.U.S.)
April 12-July 15, SALT Galata

Borrowing its title from David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest (1996), the exhibition looks at instances of work that function within and comes out of a certain set of relations. While they originate from a form of interiority or domesticity in one area, they further operate in the field of art as either an externalization or a translation, suggesting an inevitable porosity between fields. B.U.S. considers how works of art perform in diverse spheres and assume various roles and attributions when traveling across disciplines. What brings the pieces together is not an overarching theme but ways of working that request equal attention to every aspect and relationship involved in their making and presentation.

First in the series Conversations, B.U.S. is programmed by Sohrab Mohebbi, curator of SculptureCenter, New York. The exhibition includes works by Corridor Project Space, David Bernstein, Fiona Connor, Chris Evans, Aaron Flint Jamison, JUNZIOUI, Rosa Sijben, ŠKART, John Ziqiang Wu, and Danna Vajda.

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