11 Kasım 2011 Cuma

12 Temmuz 2011 Salı

blog.art 21 by Elizabeth Wolfson

If Şener Özmen (the subject of last month’s Turkish and Other Delights post) is the godfather of Diyarbakır’s contemporary art community, then his long-time collaborateur, artist Cengiz Tekin, is its prankster, its Puck, and possibly (though this is pure speculation) its Keith Richards. He exudes a sly, crackling energy, walks with a fast gait just this side of nervous, and is constantly grinning, cracking jokes, and generally entertaining those around him. Despite the considerable language barrier between us (his English was definitely better than my Turkish, but then again my Turkish is limited to ordering takeout and buying groceries and bus tickets), Tekin was, along with Özmen, an engaging and endlessly generous host during my stay in Diyarbakır. I will never forget the two-hour bus ride we spent entertaining ourselves by going through a children’s Turkish-English textbook/dictionary at random, laughing hysterically at its bizarre contextualizing sentences for such essential vocabulary words as “lobster,” “beach ball,” and “criminal.”

14 Mayıs 2011 Cumartesi

Outlet nereye uçuyor Cem Erciyes@radikal

'' Üç sezonda 62 sanatçının işlerini sergilemişler. Yirmiden fazlası ilk kişisel sergisini burada açtı. Üstelik içlerinde İstanbul dışından yani İzmir, Ankara, Diyarbakır, Antakya, Mardin, Gaziantep gibi kentlerden sanatçılar da var. Nilbar Güreş, Nevin Aladağ, Şener Özmen, Fikret Atay, Servet Koçyiğit, Cengiz Tekin gibi son yıllarda sergi ve bienallerin gözdesi olan, müze koleksiyonlarına giren tanıdık isimler de bu sanatçılar arasında.''


Sener Ozmen & Cengiz Tekin@ALTERNATIVA 2011
Serdecznie zapraszamy na otwarcie ALTERNATIVA -

Międzynarodowego Festiwalu Sztuk Wizualnych, który odbędzie się 28 maja 2011

o godzinie 19:00 na terenie Młodego Miasta (tereny postoczniowe).

We cordially invite you to attend the opening of the project ALTERNATIVA –

Contemporary Visual Art Festival on 28 May 2011

at 7 p.m. in the Young City

(former Gdańsk shipyard area).



Ul.Doki 1/145B

80-958 Gdańsk, Polska

Wystawa potrwa

do 30 września 2011

Exhibition open until

September 30th 2011

Instytut Sztuki Wyspa/ Wyspa Institute of Art

Artyści/Artists: Sherko Abbas,Shirwan Can & Horen Gharib,Shirwan Fatih, Gailan Abdullah

Ismail, Maryam Jafri, Hiwa K, Poshiya Kakil, Hüseyin Karakaya, Anton Katz, Reben Majeed, Rozhgar

Mahmud Mustafa, Mattias Olofsson, Sener Ozmen, Diary Muhammad, Osman, Joanna Rajkowska, CengizTekin, oraz/and Knutte Wester.

Kuratorzy/Curators: Aneta Szyłak oraz/and Hiwa K.

Redakcja książki poświęconej

wystawie/The exhibition reader

is edited by: Francesca Recchia





SEILERSTÄTTE 16, 1010 VIENNA, PHONE +43.1.5133006, FAX +43.1.513300633



Curated by_vienna 2011: EAST by SOUTH WEST

Galerie Krinzinger curated by René Block





The gallery–curator project curated by_vienna opens up new opportunities of cooperation between galleries and curators. The third edition of curated by_vienna entitled EAST by SOUTH WEST describes a geographical conundrum, which is to be solved by using a contemporary art compass. Vienna’s competency regarding Central and Eastern Europe is being put to the test against the background of globalized mechanisms of contemporary art. 21 internationally renowned curators were invited to develop special exhibitions in cooperation with 21 leading Viennese galleries. The curator René Block has invited six artists from three countries – Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey to Galerie Krinzinger.

René Block (*1942, GE) opened his gallery in Berlin in 1964. At about the same time, he began working as a curator for the Neue Berliner Kunstverein, the Berliner Festwochen and the cityʼs Akademie der Künste. From 1997 to 2006, Block was director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel. After realizing the Nordic Pavilion for the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), he retired from major international projects. In the same year, he founded a platform for contemporary Turkish art, TANAS, in Berlin. In May 2011 he will be the main juror of the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2011.

“The invitation to contribute to the gallery project put on by departure was not attached to a specific, comprehensive theme, but rather specified EAST by SOUTH WEST as a geographic motto. Which is certainly a logical direction,from my more North-European standpoint: for Vienna has of course been culturally influenced through itʼs role as door to the Balkans, to South-eastern Europe. It was in Vienna that the House of Habsburg was spreading West-European culture and attracting that of the Slavs and Ottomans. And Vienna has once again become – in line with this tradition and also following the political upheaval of the 1990s in Eastern Europe – a city embracing the exchange and conveyance of different cultures. Although we may not all reside in Vienna, we encounter one another here. My invitation to such an encounter, which will be the first time they all meet, was extended to six

artists from the countries of Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey – three countries connected by a common coastline along the western section of the Black Sea. For this exhibition, several new artworks are being created: installations and objects by Gabriela Vanga (RO) and Pravdoliub Ivanov (BG), photographic works and a joint video by Cengiz Tekin and Sener Özmen (TR). For the duration of the exhibition, these works will interplay with objects by Vikenti Komitski (BG) and Miklos Onucsan (RO) at the Galerie Krinzinger. They will be temporarily stored in Vienna, for a reasonable length of time, before embarking upon what may be their final journey to all ends of the world to new owners.” (René Block) Exhibiting artists The works „Rise to Score“ and „Ornaments of Endurance“ by Pravdoliub Ivanov (*1964, BG) attempt to reveal thoughts and comments towards the presence we all live in. Those absurd connections are the best form of articulation for the artist to understand the global world and can be seen as his visual reaction to tensions,conflicts and strives we have to face and get involved in.

„Broken Book“ by Vikenti Komitski (*1983, BG) is a short political dictionary printed in Bulgaria during the socialist era. The definitions of political terms have changed throughout political changes in the state regime and ideologies, making the edition useless. Living in the western part of Romania the artist Miklos Onucsan (*1952, RO) has been inspired by the legacy of Fluxus and conceptual art, and worked along these lines with other colleagues from the same artistic milieu. Onucsanʼs pieces are undeniably poetical, and they evince a delicate conceptual balance, which makes them equally relevant as subtle political statements. Verbalism is just as much of a working material as any other he

might use, which is evident when looking upon the titles of his works.

Sener Özmen (*1971, TR) often plays the role of the protagonist in his works by himself. Recurring themes debates on Modernity and tradition, progress and conservatism in the arts as well as in the community. Cengiz Tekin (*1977, TR) reveals himself as a fan of the tradition of popular Turkish humour magazines. These magazines have influenced the generation of teenagers who grew up in the aftermath of the coup dʼétat of 1980. Those publications were the only platforms to elaborate a political dissent and a sense of youth culture. Tekin fused the language of local caricature with other visual media. His works often include allusions to the Kurdish question – Tekin is of Kurdish origin.

Gabriela Vangaʼs (*1977, RO) work „Wonder“ is a reference to Jacobʼs ladder, which links the earth and the skyIt is a reflection of our possibility in life to choose in every moment the path we take. It is the metaphor of the eternal middle where the human beings are caught. „No secondary thought“ is a reconstruction of one of the most ancient weapons in human history, a hunting weapon built with Lego cubes, a game which can imitate the reality but cannot sustain it. It is a reflection of the

fragility of our world.


A bilingual

4 Mayıs 2011 Çarşamba


Cengiz Tekin Galerie Krinzinger (curated by Rene Block)


Pravdoliub Ivanov, Vicenti
Komitski, Miklos Onucsan,
Sener Ozmen, Cengiz Tekin,
Gabriele Vanga

Galerie Krinzinger
Seilerstätte 16 A 1o1o Wien