Nesrin Esirtgen Collection

İz Öztat, Ghost Light, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
January 20, 2014

23 January–29 March 2014 

Opening: Thursday, January 23, 6–8pm 

Performance: Thursday, February 13, 6:30pm 
Iris Ergul, Dissecting and Detecting the Body: An Enactment

Nesrin Esirtgen Collection 
163 Istiklal Caddesi
Misir Apt. 5th Floor
Beyoğlu Istanbul
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–6:30pm 

T +90 212 243 78 53 
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A group exhibition curated by Nazlı Gürlek 

With works by Ozlem Altin, Tuncay Cavdar, Asli Cavusoglu, Iris Ergul, Leyla Gediz, Deniz Gul, Serhat Kiraz, Ali Miharbi, Iz Oztat, Sun Ra, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Sarkis, and Lawrence Weiner

Nesrin Esirtgen Collection is pleased to present a group exhibition this winter guest-curated by Nazli Gurlek. The exhibition is titled Trocadero and it brings together historic and newly produced works, as well as archival material that are not part of the collection. Pieces in the exhibition question notions of repetition as creative process, interpretation as content, performance as document, style as concept, intellectual property as common denominator, and viewer as object of interest. 

Trocadero finds its inspiration in the context of a variety theater of the same name long gone, in which it is situating itself. The Trocadero Theater opened its doors during the second half of the 19th century, and was located where Misir Apartmani stands now remaining there until 1905, when the Misirli Abbas Halim Pascha bought the land to have a winter residence built for his family. The aim of the exhibition, however, is not to analyze the story of Istanbul’s urban or social development, the touristic associations the name Trocadero offers, or the history of this theatre. The exhibition turns to the myth of this theater 109 years after its demolition in order to try out a new exhibition model: It brings together works at whose center of production lie the notions of repetition, interpretation, and transformation in various forms; it transposes the functioning rhythm of the lost theater into the gallery, aiming to communicate with viewers through the possible moments of déjà-vu, which this rhythm is expected to induce. What happens if, rather than dismantle, destroy or reconstruct, we repeat, add, interpret, transform, and derive historical constructs and creative impulses instead? 

About the curator
Nazli Gurlek is an independent curator, writer, and the newly appointed Guest Curator for 2014 at Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul. She holds and MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, and a BA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. She recently curated a year-long program including exhibitions, lectures, presentations, and performances to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Istanbul’s Macka Sanat Galerisi. She also curated exhibitions and projects in various institutions in Istanbul, Paris, London, Vienna, and Italy. The writings of Gurlek are published in Frieze, Flash Art International, and Sanat Dunyamiz. She is the author of Sarkis and When Attitudes Become Form, SALT Istanbul. 

About Nesrin Esirtgen Collection 
With the initiation of the Nesrin Esirtgen Collection art space, Nesrin Esirtgen aims to develop her 20 years of interest in art and share her collection, as well as support contemporary art and artists. Apart from periodical collection exhibitions, the Nesrin Esirtgen Collection will continue to host exhibitions to enable national and international recognition of especially upcoming artists and their work. Nesrin Esirtgen Collection is a nonprofit art platform, established by means of social responsibility. 

Past exhibitions: 
–Koray Kantarcıoğlu: Landscapes
6 December 2013–4 January 2014 
–Nesrin Esirtgen Collection Exhibition No.3
11 September–16 November 2013 
–Kerem Ozan Bayraktar: Composition with Pills
4–19 July 2013 
–Emre Hüner: Aeolian
15 March–15 June 2013 
–Nesrin Esirtgen Collection Exhibition No.2
21 December 2012–2 March 2013
–Mehmet Ali Uysal: Peel
26 September–8 December 2012 
–Kerem Ozan Bayraktar: Rules 
29 May–10 August 2012 
–Nesrin Esirtgen K Collection Exhibition No.1
8 February–28 April 2012 
–İnci Eviner: Broken Manifestos
17 September–30 October 2011 

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