Anna Laudel

View of Intergalactic, 2019. Photo: Kahyan Kaygusuz.

August 30, 2019
September 3–October 20, 2019
Anna Laudel Istanbul
Kazancı Yokuşu 45, Gümüşsuyu, Beyoğlu
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Curated by İpek Yeğinsü, Anna Laudel will present a group exhibition titled Intergalactic, showcasing selected artworks of 12 contemporary artists including Beyza Boynudelik, Şafak Çatalbaş, Alper Derinboğaz, Emin Mete Erdoğan, Horasan, Ekin Su Koç, Ali Miharbi, Ali İbrahim Öcal, Özcan Saraç, Meltem Sırtıkara, Merve Şendil and İrem Tok. Running between September 3 and October 20, 2019, the exhibition departs from the question of what the future will be like if we manage to bring and sustain our civilisation beyond the confines of our planet.

Adopting a transdisciplinary, site-specific and participatory approach in her curatorial practice, in Intergalactic İpek Yeğinsü focuses on how humanity’s existing socio-cultural structures will be affected by a potential migration towards space, and in doing so, opens an independent room for discussion with regards to contemporary conceptual dichotomies like the past and the future.

In this exciting age marked by our initiatives ranging from journeying to the dark side of the Moon to space tourism, from attempts at approaching the Sun to the quest for finding life on Mars, Intergalactic highlights the fact that our current desire to reach beyond our planet’s boundaries is not solely based on optimistic curiosity but it is also fuelled by the inescapable realisation that we have recklessly exhausted our planet’s resources. The exhibition also explores the ways in which the identity building processes, rituals, inter and intra-species communication methods of our society’s representatives might evolve and change once they settle in other planets or even other galaxies.

Offering a non-geocentric critical approach to contemporary dichotomies like the center vs. the periphery, the near vs. the far, the observer vs. the observed, and the past vs. the future, Intergalactic will run parallel to the 16th Istanbul Biennial (September 14–November 10) of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV).  The exhibition will also present a programme of parallel activities including artist talks and curatorial tours. The program calendar will be available on Anna Laudel’s website and social media channels.

About the curator
Born in 1981 in Istanbul, İpek Yeğinsü, is a BA graduate of Koç University Department of International Relations and an MA graduate in Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management from the same university. As an independent writer and curator continuing her PhD in Design, Technology and Society at Özyeğin University, she embraces a transdisciplinary, site-specific and pluralist/participatory curatorial approach. She takes the exhibitions not as finished products but as experimental fields triggering and favoring the development of new dialogues around them.

About Anna Laudel
Located in the old finance district of the late Ottoman Empire in Karaköy, within a historic building boasting a vast exhibition space spanning five floors, the gallery hosted several solo and group exhibitions by artists from Turkey and beyond.

The gallery was founded by Anna Laudel with the aim of supporting the work of Turkish and international artists. The gallery is directed by Ferhat Yeter. Dedicated to support artists by providing a prominent contemporary exhibition platform and by developing a greater understanding of contemporary art within the Turkish region, Anna Laudel opened its second gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2019 to expand its reach.

Anna Laudel’s gallery in Düsseldorf will host a solo exhibition entitled Einmal ist Keinmal by Italian artist Daniele Sigalot, who is known for his large-scale installations and unusual mosaics. The exhibition will be on display from September 26 to December 14, 2019.

Anna Laudel will also participate in the 14th edition of Contemporary Istanbul between September 12–15, 2019 and display the works of the artists including, Belkıs Balpınar, Ramazan Can, Tuğçe Diri, Onur Hastürk, Bilal Hakan Karakaya, Ekin Su Koç, Serkan Küçüközcü, Fırat Neziroğlu, Gazi Sansoy, Daniele Sigalot and Sarp Kerem Yavuz.

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