Upcoming and ongoing programs

Upcoming and ongoing programs


Rabih Mroué, The Fall of a Hair, Part 1:The Pixelated Revolution (still), 2012. Video. Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13), with the support of Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg.

March 26, 2014

Upcoming and ongoing programs

SALT Beyoğlu

İstiklal Caddesi 136
Beyoğlu 34430

SALT Galata
Bankalar Caddesi 11
Karaköy 34420

Atatürk Bulvarı 12 
Ulus 06250 


Rabih Mroué  
April 2–July 27
SALT Galata and SALT Beyoğlu

An actor, theater director, playwright and visual artist, Rabih Mroué belongs to the generation of Lebanese artists that came to prominence in the decade after the official end of the Lebanese Civil War in 1990. Rooted in the firsthand experience of political unrest and social upheaval still present in Lebanon today, Mroué’s work questions, problematizes, and examines the use of images, the mechanisms of storytelling and the construction of historical and personal narratives, operating between fact and fiction. 

Mroué’s works at SALT Galata are related to or based on personal experiences of the artist, and loosely follow a suggested life cycle. At SALT Beyoğlu the works address social discontent, political demonstrations, and social uprisings, in direct reference to the building’s location on İstiklal Street leading to Taksim Square, a site of political rallies and mass protest.

Taking the concrete political and cultural circumstances of Lebanon as his point of departure, the questions that Mroué raises have much wider resonance—particularly in this time of regional strife and political turmoil, where geographical entanglements have inevitably also involved neighboring Turkey—and his works, like the conflicts he addresses, have garnered attention from around the world. 

A version of this exhibition, titled Rabih Mroué. Image(s), Mon Amour at CA2M was curated by Aurora Fernández Polanco; the presentation at SALT is closely based on this exhibition, with slight alterations for İstanbul. 

In collaboration with CA2M (Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Comunidad de Madrid)

Disobedience Archive (The Park) 
April 22–June 15
SALT Beyoğlu

Disobedience Archive, a video archive and platform of discussion that deals with the relationship between artistic practices and political action, is an itinerant and ongoing entity that changes its form and content every time it is exhibited. Disobedience Archive (The Park) at SALT Beyoğlu is curated by Marco Scotini and Andris Brinkmanis accordingly, with installation design by Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture for All). On this occasion the archive will include internationally sourced materials that date from the 1970s Parco Lambro uprising that took place in Italy up until the 2013 Gezi Park protests in İstanbul.

Gülsün Karamustafa 
A Promised Exhibition 
April 22–June 22

Presented at SALT Beyoğlu and SALT Galata in 2013, A Promised Exhibition was the most comprehensive exhibition of Gülsün Karamustafa’s works to date. A selection of works from A Promised Exhibition are repositioned at SALT Ulus for Ankara. 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 can be read from different angles, through various media and the lens of a very different urban context.

Christian Marclay
The Clock 
May 9–25
SALT Beyoğlu

In the exceptional video work The Clock, artist Christian Marclay samples thousands of excerpts from the history of cinema that indicate the passage of time. Wristwatches, clock towers, buzzing alarms, and even the occasional cuckoo clock are stripped from their original narrative context and re-edited chronologically into a 24-hour montage that unfolds in real time. Juxtaposing a multitude of filmic periods, settings, styles, and genres, The Clock uncannily unifies these disparate fragments into a coherent whole through which the relentless march of time becomes its own narrative. Synchronized to local time, The Clock reveals each passing minute as a repository for high drama, blockbuster suspense, ordinary workaday ritual, and grand romance. Functioning as a real clock, it tells visitors the precise time of day as they watch the work.


Charles Atlas
Until May 25
SALT Beyoğlu

MC9 (2012) is a nine-channel synchronized video work with sound, featuring clips from 21 collaborative works between filmmaker Charles Atlas and choreographer Merce Cunningham. This immersive installation encompasses the entire forty-year collaborative working relationship between these two visionary artists. 

Can Altay and Jeremiah Day 
You don’t go slumming 
Until May 18
SALT Galata

Combining Can Altay’s urbanistic approach to the ecology of the city with Jeremiah Day’s concern for storytelling and memory, You don’t go slumming presents a fractured investigation of the city of İstanbul and the flows (of populations, commodities, waterways) that come together in the popular but semi-legal and often dangerous food of stuffed mussels.

GLOBAL TOOLS 1973–1975: Towards an Ecology of Design
Until April 11
SALT Beyoğlu

Programmed by Silvia Franceschini and Valerio Borgonuovo for SALT, GLOBAL TOOLS 1973–1975: Towards an Ecology of Design, features a display of original documents and materials from Global Tools, a multidisciplinary experimental program of design education founded in 1973 in Italy by the members of the Radical Architecture.

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