PLASTIC VEINS – A project by Zeynep Öz | Lectures and commissioned artist projects
The question at the heart of Plastic Veins is the “how” and “why” of
taking care of cultural heritage, and what the motivations are for
this kind of an impulse. The economic value of an object as a
commodity is inherently linked to the care and attention that it is
given on an intimate level; objects are shaped in a continuous
exchange between affect and broader economic value. All this is
inherent in the object itself, as it is projected or weighed or
estimated. To what ends do we look after and circulate objects of
personal and cultural value? And how and when do collecting
institutions themselves become objects of study?
Through a series of conversations and an exhibition of research-driven projects, Plastic Veins looks at the shift in culture and art
policies in the transition from the Ottoman era to the earlier years of
the Turkish Republic, and links this shift to the very personal and
societal impetus to collect as a form of cultural patronage. Of special
concern here is the legacy of bank collections’ patronage, which
began in the modern period, extends to the present day and plays a
major role in the local social infrastructure.
Concept: Zeynep Oz With: Burak Arıkan, D. Graham Burnett, Cemal Kafadar, Kristine Khouri, Maha Maamoun, Sarah-Neel Smith, Dilek Winchester, Zeynep Yasa Yaman.
is an independent curator based in Istanbul. Her
interest lies mainly in the artistic production process. She was the
assistant curator for the 2010 edition of Home Works V. She cofounded SPOT Contemporary Art Projects in Istanbul in 2011, and is
the curator of the Production Fund, which produced Change Will be
Terrific! by Işıl Eğrikavuk in 2012. Zeynep has worked on curatorial
and artistic projects that were shown in the Reginald Lewis Museum,
Baltimore; Maryland Historical Society; Frankfurter Kunstverein; The
Armory, New York; and 98weeks, Beirut. She recently curated
Selling Snails in the Muslim Neighborhood that opened at the
Westfaelischer Kunstverein in Muenster. She holds an MA in
Curatorial Studies from Bard College.
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