Ipek Duben and Iz Oztat will introduce their work, discuss the real nature of their intergenerational dialogue, and explore their individual perspectives on Turkish identity, history and nationhood.
Ipek Duben (born Istanbul 1941) produces installations, sculpture, painting, video and artists’ books. Her training in political science, sociology and art informs all of her work which involves identity issues, and political and social criticism. Duben has degrees from the University of Chicago (MA); New York Studio School and Mimar Sinan University (PhD). Besides being an actively exhibiting artist she is the author and editor of a number of books and articles on art and criticism. Ipek Duben's new multi-channel video work entitled 'They', will be shown at SALT Galata, Istanbul, in 2015. Past exhibitions include the 13th International Istanbul Biennial (2013); Istanbul Modern (2011); Akbank Sanat, Istanbul (2009); Akademie der Künst, Berlin (2008); The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2006); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2006).
Iz Öztat (born Istanbul 1981) performs on multiple fronts such as making, gathering, writing, translating, hosting and mediating. Her process usually begins with archival research and initiated dialogues, which manifests as an animistic quest into the potential of objects and materials in conveying knowledge. Since 2010, she has been engaged in an untimely collaboration with Zi?an (1894 – 1970), who appears to her as a historical figure, channeled spirit and an alter ego. Öztat received a BA in Visual Arts in 2005 from Oberlin College, Ohio, and an MA from Istanbul’s Sabanci University in 2008. She is currently a PhD candidate in Art Practice at Y?ld?z Technical University, Istanbul. Recent exhibitions include Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg (2014); and Maçka Sanat Gallery, ?stanbul (2012). Group exhibitions include Institut d’art Contemporain, Lyon; Matadero, Madrid (both 2013); and Apartment Project, Berlin (2012).
Both artists are visiting London as part of Oliver Sumner's curatorial research, funded by Arts Council England and the British Council through the Artists’ International Development Fund.
Image: NAMUS / HONOR, 13 pages, 2 hand-made editions, Ipek Duben, 2013. Courtesy of the Artist.
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