EurHope 1153

29.10.2006 - 25.02.2007

Haluk Akakçe, Fikret Atay, Bashir Borlakov, Osman Bozkurt, Banu Cennetoglu, Hussein Chalayan, Cevdet Erek, Esra Ersen, Inci Eviner, Hatice Güleryüz, Gülsün Karamustafa, Ömer Ali Kazma, Sefer Memisoglu, Ahmet Ögüt and Osman Bingöl, Erkan Özgen, Nasan Tur.

Curators: Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto

1153 are the sea miles separating the Gulf of Trieste from the Istanbul harbour. A symbolic journey aiming to follow the history, to underline the present but also to inspire future relationships between two countries of a world in constant evolution. Turkey is a nation expressing itself geographically as bridge between Europe and Asia and which, particularly today, can be a crucial meeting place and a fundamental territory of dialogue between East and West. The articulated social and cultural reality of this country is the matrix for a strong identity defined as much by its heterogeneity as by its uniqueness.

The exhibition EuroHope1153, organized by the Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, will present a group of young Turkish artists who mainly use video and photography and who, in their work, expose a multifaceted and dynamic world, particularly relevant in relation to the current international artistic developments.

The need to create original narratives reflecting the changes occurred in the recent years in Turkey, the necessity to freely make use of different expressive media and the wish to experiment are some of the aspects which characterise the approaches and languages in the exhibition. The artists express a biting irony that unmasks both national and daily mythologies: from the rielaboration of a both rich and complex past to the urgency of analysing the contradictions of contemporary society, their works offer intense occasions for reflection on the relationships between art, individual and society. Bringing the visions of these artists to Italy, EurHope1153 aims to be a tool for exchange and understanding of different realities through contemporary art.

The show EuroHope1153 runs in parallel with the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia’s initiative I Turchi in Europa (The Turks in Europe), in synergy with the Italian and Turkish governments. The project, which supports this country’s entry in Europe, develops through a programme of exhibitions, meetings and events in the sites of Palmanova, Pordenone, Trieste, Udine, Gorizia and Cividale.