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November 11, 2005
Maximum City / Breathless Reach
Writing and curating from within two megacities of 13 or 14 million people, Suketu Mehta and Vasif Kortun call up Bombay and Istanbul with uncanny specificity. If Mehta’s Bombay is “an agglomeration of individual dreams, a mass dream of the crowd… [where] Monalisa needs to believe she will be Miss India. Ajay needs to believe he will escape the police force. Girish needs to believe he will be a computer magnate,”1 then the city of URBANreVIEWS: Istanbul, curated by Kortun, “now covers 5,500 square kilometers on both sides of the Bosporus. It grows and sprawls spontaneously and breathlessly, at times temporarily, in bits and pieces.”2 Mehta’s Bombay is earthen and driven by longing: “the reason a human being can live in a Bombay slum and not lose his sanity is that his dream life is bigger than his squalid quarters. It occupies a palace….”3 If Mehta’s writing sees beyond “the wreck of the physical city to the incandescent life force of its inhabitants,”4 then Kortun’s curatorial projects unsettle the certainties of the familiar. The exhibition Undesire, curated by Kortun in 2003, turned its gaze toward Iraq. “I have never relied on contemporary art as a tool for directly communicating political issues…. I would rather pivot on a notion of proximity, that the exhibition feels close to your skin, closer than one would have liked, but it does not ask for empathy.”5
1 Suketu Mehta, Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (New York: Knopf, 2005), 539.
2 Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen, Berlin and Stuttgart, www.ifa.de/galerien/istanbul/eindex.htm, 2004.
3 Mehta, 539.
4 Mehta, 537.
5 Vasif Kortun, “Undesire,” apexart, www.apexart.org/exhibitions/kortun.htm, 2003.
Suketu Mehta is a fiction writer and journalist based in New York. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O’Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time, Conde Nast Traveler, and The Village Voice, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York, Mehta co-wrote Mission Kashmir, a Bollywood movie. His book Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found was awarded the 2005 Kiriyama Prize. Mehta is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Vasif Kortun is the director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center. Jahresring 51: Szene Turkei: Abseits oder Tor, a book on Turkey co-authored with Erden Kosova, was published in December 2004. Exhibitions in 2005 include the 9th International Istanbul Biennial (co-curator); Ahmet Ögüt, Mala Galerija/Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana; and Normalization 1 through 4 (co-curator), Platform. Recent advisory positions include the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (2005-on), E-Flux (2003-on), Bush Global Advisory Committee of the Walker Art Center (1999-2003), and the International Foundation Manifesta board (2000–2002). Since 2002 Kortun has served as a jury member for the following exhibitions: 26. Graphic Arts, Ljubljana Biennial (2005); 5. Gwangju Biennial (2004); 50th Biennale di Venezia (2003); Internationaler Kunstpreis der Kulturstiftung; Stadtsparkasse München (2003); the Querini Stampalia Foundation-Furla for Art Prize, Venice and Onufru 2002, Tirana. Kortun has been a guest teacher at the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, and HISK/Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Antwerp since 2000, and Kültür Üniversitesi Istanbul since 2003.
Moderator: Steve Fagin
Steve Fagin, the recipient of several National Endowment for the Arts grants, is Professor and Chair of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. He has produced a series of feature length videos including: The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and Raymond Roussel, The Machine That Killed Bad People, and TropiCola. His most recent work is Oliver Kahn (2003) which, as Fagin puts it, “uses soccer matches, Hollywood movies and personal reverie to reflect on how one recounts a life.” Fagin’s work has been featured in a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and is the subject of the book Talkin’ With Your Mouth Full: Conversations with the Videos of Steve Fagin (Duke University Press).