May 2015

NEARCH - Materiality of the Invisible

We have the pleasure to announce that we made it into the final selection of THE MATERIALITY OF THE INVISIBLE, a fellowship at the Jan van Eyck Academy instigated within the framework of NEARCH, a prestigious European project-based network of archaeological institutes and university departments.

The following artists and art collectives have been selected out of some 300 applicants: Leyla Cardenas, Joey Bryniarska and Martin Westwood, Klaas van Gorkum and Iratxe Jaio, Matthew Wilson and Rossella Biscotti.

Mardin Biennial 2015 - Mythologies

There were many obstacles that had to be overcome, but it seems as if our work finally made it to the Mardin Biennial that is opening in Turkey on the 15th of May 2015. This is not in the least because of curator Claudia Segura's ceaseless efforts behind the scenes to have it shown, despite objections by local politicians, Dutch embassy travel bans, and other problems.

Our contribution consists of a collection of Turkish newspapers, bought on the 18th of December 2004. Headline news that day was that the European Union had finally agreed to start accession negotiations with Turkey. On video, two members of the communist party flip through the newspapers, providing a personal, if not Marxist, commentary on the state of the press in Turkey.

More than ten years later this work of art will be now exhibited for the first time, in the beautiful medieval town of Mardin.

We hope that the crumbling walls of the exhibition venue and the biennial's overarching Mythologies theme provide an ideal setting for the work's dormant function to come into operation: to historicise, and to derive its significance from everything that has, or rather hasn't, happened since.

18 Aralık 2004

18 Aralık 2004 is a collection of newspapers, all bought on the 18th of December 2004 around Taksim Square in Istanbul. Headline news that day was that the European Union had finally agreed to start accession negotiations with Turkey. On the accompanying video, two members of the communist party flip through the newspapers, providing a personal, and somewhat Marxist, commentary on the media landscape in Turkey.