Public Talk |“to practice art” is a reciprocal verb by Aykan Safoğlu
8 December 2016Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Type public lecture
Location Ashkal Alwan CHECK THE MAP
Portraits (Marc), 2014, two-channel video installation, 10' installation shot by "Gert Jan van Rooij, Amsterdam"
“to practice art” is a reciprocal verb
Aykan Safoğlu yearns to find forms of friendship. Often with participatory aspects, his artistic practice is non-medium-specific, trespassing various disciplines. By keeping the dialectics of a friendship at the center of his artistic strategy, Safoğlu tenderly revisits contemporary notions of community, gender and migration. In his recent video and performance work, Safoğlu re-introduces known analog and digital image-making techniques in order to intervene in widespread narratives of social norms and to conflate binary perceptions. Aykan Safoğlu is an artist in residence at Ashkal Alwan.
To read Safoğlu’s interview in Makhzin with his friend/collaborator Gülşen Aktaş please click here.
About the artist
Aykan Safoğlu (b. in Istanbul,1984) lives and works in Berlin. He holds an MFA in Photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and an MA from the Art in Context program at Universität der Künste Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Off-White Tulips at Ystads Konstmuseum, Ystad (2016). Selected group exhibitions include The Bill: For Collective Unconscious at Artspace, Auckland, Father Figures are Hard to Find at nGbK, Berlin (both 2016); Home Works 7 at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2015); and Sight and Sounds: Turkey at Jewish Museum, New York (2014). His work has been screened in the 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; and during Dhaka Art Summit in 2016. Safoğlu won the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen at the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and was a SAHA resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunste, Amsterdam (2014–15).