“ISKELE – Turkish Art Today” is the title of the exhibition the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen is opening in the ifa Gallery Friedrichstraße, Kunst-Werke Berlin and at Oranienstraße 18 on Thursday, May 19, 1994. The title “ISKELE” symbolises departure and movement, visiting and being visited, starting a dialogue and continuing it.
The curators of the exhibition, Beral Madra and Sabine Vogel, want to offer an insight into the development of art in Turkey today. The artists presented in this project are not unknown, but a presentation of contemporary art of this kind is being seen for the first time in Berlin.
Handan Börütecene, Osman Dinc, Füsun Onur, Adem Yilmaz and Selim Birsel, who participated in the last Istanbul Biennial, will show installations in the ifa Gallery Friedrichstraße. This is the most extensive presentation within the project.
The installation “Discreet wake – Bosnia-Herzegovina” by Hale Tenger will be on display at Kunst-Werke Berlin. The artist also garnered attention at the Istanbul Biennial. Ayse Erkmen completes her triangle project “Das Haus” and “Zum Haus” at “Am Haus” at Oranienstrasse 18 in Berlin, , installations that were on view last year at the DAAD Gallery and Galerie von der Tann. Sabine Vogel’s statement in the catalogue text that every expectation runs the risk of serving homemade exoticism is refuted by the works presented in this exhibition. Equipped with the vocabulary of international art, they explore the language and signs of their present and history. The subjects the Turkish artists negotiate are also ours.