International exhibitions Mona Hatoum, You are still here, ARTER, Istanbul

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Mona Hatoum, You are still here
ARTER, Istanbul (Turkey)

17.03 - 27.05.2012

07.09 - 25.11.2012

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E-Flux Press release

ARTER is hosting Mona Hatoum's first solo exhibition in Istanbul between 17 March and 27 May 2012. Entitled You Are Still Here, the exhibition presents more than 30 works dating from the 90s to the present. Hatoum has also spent some time in Istanbul producing a number of new pieces for the exhibition in collaboration with local fabricators and craft workshops.

Mona Hatoum's poetic and political oeuvre is realised in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installations, sculpture, video, photography and works on paper. In her work she has determinedly explored a sense of the malaise and unsettledness that permeates our contemporary world.

Borrowing its title from one of Hatoum's early works You are Still Here (1994), the exhibition at ARTER opens with an imposing work, Bunker (2011), an installation with six architectural steel structures selected from a larger set of twenty-two. Achieved by the repetition of a single industrial element, the rigidity of the grid pattern in Bunker and the geometrical forms employed in the work, are defaced by cuts, bends and burns. The scale of these modules gives them the appearance of architectural models of a future project, with signs of destruction already built into the plan. Installed on ARTER's ground floor the work is visually accesible from the pedestrian Istiklal Street, the city's main artery for culture and arts, thus transposing an unfamiliar cityscape into the gallery space.

Kapan (2012), an installation created specifically for the exhibition at ARTER, continues Hatoum's interest in the grid and architectural references, this time juxtaposing the roughness of steel reinforcing rods with the sensuousness and fragility of hand blown glass. Kapan, which means trap in Turkish, consists of five structures made of steel, each slightly different in size, yet all scaled to average human height. Combining a solid geometry with imprecise forms, and solidity with fragility, almost welded into each other, the work subtly resonates the vulnerability of the human body—threatened, captured and controlled by power structures—as well as one's own sense of inner exile.

Another work inspired by the location and produced in Istanbul is Shift (2012), a wool carpet on which Hatoum maps the whole world as a danger zone by drawing yellow circles of seismic waves all over its surface and dividing it into slightly shifted segments.

Exhibition 17 March - 27 May 2012. ARTER - space for art, Istiklal Caddesi, 211 Beyoglu, Istanbul (Turkey). Opening hours Tue - Thur 11h - 19h, Fri - Sun 12h - 20h. , 12–20. Admission free.

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