The POPUP – Exhibition

At KargArt Istanbul 2015

The struggle for survival and recognition is a common fate artists are sharing. It’s a kind of gap between the everyday motivation an artist has to mobilize for his production and the challenges of a consumption oriented surrounding. Globalized capitalism and urban gentrification are most present in Istanbul as a city. Nevertheless it is a place full of energy and diversity.

In 2013 artists were an important impact in the Gezi-uprisings. Nowadays more and more international artists are stepping in to get in touch with the energy of the city. Istanbul is in motion between a glorious past visible in every corner and a very heterogeneous society flipping in between pop-culture, capitalized conservatism and political resistance. To visualize the potential of artist’s interaction and collective cooperation InEnArt in collaboration with KargArt initiated a pop-up art exhibition.

The show was running for only one night and presented visual art works, objects, performances and sounds by 29 artists residing in Istanbul permanently or momentarily.  International artists from the Middle East, Europe and Turkey were participating.

Some of the works were produced collectively and presented in a new context. Didem Erk’s “Terrain to Trace” for example emerged in her absence following detailed instructions. Sabine Küper-Büsch bought some pigment and chalk from Karaköy and sifted a rectangle to the ground. Tan Cemal Genç wrote a quotation from the assasinated Turkish-Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink with chalk on the pigment. The work was guarded for two hours until the audience was free to step on it.

The pop-up-show illustrated the strength of solidarity. In a non commercial frame an outstanding show emerged for a couple of hours and was removed collectively by the artists and the team of inenart und KargArt right after the opening.


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  • Burçak Konukman - Performance, artist guide to popularity/ Performans, sanatçıların pöpüler olma rehberi
  • Tan Cemal Genç and Ilhan Sayın - Kurşun Geçirmez Karikatür/ bullet proofed Cartoon. Inspired by the recent violent acts against Cartoonists in Paris and the ongoing clashes in conflict regions around the globe
  • Didem Erk - Terrain to Trace, the artwork is made of pigment carefully sifted to the ground. We drew a quotation with chalk: Hrant Dink once said: "Yes, we are keen on this land. We are, because our roots are here. But don't worry. We don't want to steal land, we want to be buried in it."
  • Didem Erk, Yürüdüğümüz kaldırım, yere pigment tozu yaydık. Bir tebeşir ile şu alıntıyı tekrar tekrar el yazısı ile uyguladık: Hrant Dink'ın bir sözü vardı: "Evet, biz Ermenilerin bu topraklarda gözümüz var. Var, çünkü kökümüz burada. Ama merak etmeyin. Bu toprakları alıp gitmek için değil. Bu toprakların gelip dibine gömülmek için."
  • Batool Mohamad, I love death, The clip was recorded in Beyrut. It is rediculing the situation of the Syrian civil population being torn between the terror of the Islamic state and the regime as well.
  • Batool Mohamad, Ölümü seviyorum, Clip Beyrut'ta yapıldı. Sivil halkin Suriyede rejim ve İŞİL tarafından nasıl ezildiğini hıcvediliyor.
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  • Genco Gülan - performance Hamsi Nigiri
  • Asena Hayal - Videoinstallation and Maria Anwander Metamorphosis


Ruben Aubrecht – Bauhaus Receipt No. 281

An international art scene has been established in Istanbul over the last decade. Artists, often supported by international residency programs, choose Istanbul to live and work temporarily in a city of diversity. Others, like refugees from Syria, Iraq and other areas of conflicts, are forced to leave their homeland and find themselves struggling in this megalopolis trying to develop new long-lasting prospects for their life.  Artists from Istanbul are in contact with this international community in their city, but they have their own troubles going on as well. Finding common persepctives is a promising challenge for all of us in the future.

Participating artists: Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Gülçin Aksoy, Rafet Arslan, Buse Aktaş, Ruth Anderwald, Ruben Aubrecht, Maria Anwander, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Mahmut Celayır, Cins, Veysel Deneç, Bülent Demirağ, Özge Enginöz, Didem Erk, Eda Gecikmez, Tan Cemal Genç, Pınar Derin Gençer, Pilar Guinea Gil, Leonhard Grond, Genco Gülan, Erdem Gündüz, Asena Hayal, Burçak Konukman, Raziye Kubat, Batool Mohamad, İlhan Sayın, Yeşim Şahin, Sevil Tunaboylu, Ján Valík , Joen Vedel

The participating artists from the residency programms are Ruben Aubrecht (Berlin Senat), Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond (Austria), Joen Vedel (Denmark), Jan Valik and Pilar Guinea Gil (maumau).

Photos by Katharina Schmidt and Sabine Küper

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