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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Contempopary Art Exhibition from Turkey is hosted in Tbilisi, Georgia

An exclusive exhibition for Turkish Contemporary art opened on Nov. 3 in Tbilisi, Georgia will finish today displaying the works of nine artists from Turkey.


Artisterium, a Tbilisi-based annual International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events organized by the Artisterium Association is hosting the exhibition.

Artisterium has been taking place at six different venues. “The exclusive modern art exhibition for Turkish artists is taking place in the Literature Museum,” said Özer, adding that in the National Art Gallery, Artisterium’s joint exhibit also hosted Sıtkı Kösemen’s art.

This year festival’s theme in Tbilisi is Free Fall. The term relates to the situation in which persons are detached from the “mother ship” and find themselves in open space without any specific instructions, or even clues on how to survive. They are cut loose from the art-institutional heaven and must find their own, unique gravitational inspiration, according to festival organizers.

“We organized this exhibition in Tbilisi with the encouragement from the Art Bosphorus contemporary art fair, which takes place in March in Stambul,” said Denizhan Özer, the curator of the contemporary artist exhibition.
Özer said the artists came to Tbilisi from a variety of places around Turkey, including Adana, Malatya, Bolu and others. “In this exhibition, we tried to invite artists who are not in the mainstream and who are from outside of Istanbul. With this strategy, we gave a opportunity to those people,” he said.
Noting that their aim was to open a new dimension for modern artists, Özer said: “It is very important to be in a good collaboration with the neighboring countries for Turkey and this is a part of this activity. Turkey can reach far, but it is also critical to be active in the regions close by.”

The latest political and economic tendencies as set against the background of globalization are having an effect on the partnership between art establishments and art practice. The influence of establishments providing funding for the arts that support or commission work, subsequently providing visibility, is unquestionable. In recent years, artistic and theoretical investigations into the various issues of identity critically tracing the changes in all spheres of life have arrived at the point where it is impossible to distinguish the author from the system that supports their creation. Because of this, organizers said they chose Free Fall as the theme for this year’s Artisterium, held in Tbilisi, Georgia.

“We have also reflected the theme,” said Özer, noting that all nine artists had made their creations accordingly. The viewers in Tbilisi have the opportunity to experience artworks by Burcu Orhon, Ceren Selmanpakoğlu, Doğan Akbulur, Musafa Okan, Orhan Tekin, Pınar Yeşilada, Roş, Semih Zeki and Yıldız Doyran.

The exhibition, whose opening in Tbilisi also attended Turkish ambassador to Republic of Georgia Murat Burhan, is a part of the Koridoor contemporary art program, said Özer.
 
Read more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=tbilisi-art-fair-hosts-turkish-artists-2011-11-09

GEORGIA ON MY MIND!