With Özlem Sulak (*1979) and Sebastian Neubauer (*1980), the Kunstverein Hannover presents a double exhibition of works by the two winners of the 2008 “Preis des Kunstvereins – Atelierstipendium Villa Minimo .” The emphasis of the representative work survey is placed on the pieces made during their two-year stay at the studio house of the Kunstverein Hannover.
A fascinating contentual condensation occurs in Sulak’s videos that never linger in mere documentary aspects. The starting point and source of inspiration for Sulak’s works is her origin from a family influenced by immigration. Her laconically poetical everyday studies revolve around themes concerning individuality, nationality and cultural identity. In them, she examines the personal and social effects of sociopolitical upheavals. The experience of native and foreign lands, integration and migration forms the golden thread through Sulak’s work. Key discourse words such as migration and identity lose all their abstractness in her deeply personal pieces, showing themselves instead as forces and vanishing points in a network of individual narrations and images, memories and fates. In the process, Sulaks works condense into memorable images that are effective on an aesthetic as well as political level. In their reduced pictorial language, they reflect the existential feeling of loss and the survival principle of human existence.
The center of the exhibition is formed by “September 12” (2009) that was shown in a modified version at different international film festivals. On twelve monitors presented in a manner resembling a forest of columns, witnesses of different generations convey a heterogeneous review of the 1980 Turkish military coup, which, as the exhibition title calls it, veered between “Reform, Revolution and Putsch”.