With the exhibition “Signs, Taken in Wonder – Searching for Contemporary Art about Istanbul”, the Kunstverein Hannover presents a snapshot of contemporary art production within the context of Turkey and Istanbul. The 23 participating artists have international backrounds and come from three different generations, all living in Istanbul or having grown up in Turkey. Artwork in several formats – including photography, film, installation and paintings – outlines various aspects of culture, history and everyday life in a multifacetted metropolis and in a country with European and oriental influences.
Narration as a theme of contemporary art is a defining aspect of the exhibition. The curatorial aproach is inspired by literature which breaches the topic of the emergence of collective percep-tions of foreign languages and cultures. Works of important authors such as Mario Levi, Orhan Pamuk, Franco Moretti or Homi K. Bhabha have had a particularly large influence on the general perception of Istanbul and “world images“ which go hand in hand with this.
“Signs Taken in Wonder – Seraching for Contemporary Art about Istanbul“ is an exhibtion from MAK, Vien which is adapted by the Kunstverein Hannover, taking place within the German-Turkish Days of Culture “In the Light of Moon and Star“, Hannover.
Hamra Abbas / Murat Akagündüz / Eylem Aladoğan / Meriç Algün Ringborg / Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin / Halil Altindere / CANAN / Cengiz Çekil / Banu Cennetoğlu / Lukas Duwenhögger / Cevdet Erek / Erdem Ergaz / Murat Gök / Sibel Horada / Aki Nagasaka / Olaf Nicolai / Marcel Odenbach / Füsun Onur / Ahmet Öğüt / Mario Rizzi / Nasra Şimmes / Erdem Taşdelen / Cengiz Tekin