Syrian Cultural Caravan

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Events, Voices


Despite its known tragic facets, the Syrian society has witnessed an unprecedented explosion in cultural and artistic expression since the beginning of the revolution in 2011. The burgeoning of Syrian cultural and artistic practices as ways to resist dictatorship has been a marked aspect of the Syrian uprising. Syrian cultural production has been almost totally consumed with trying to respond to, debate and participate in the continuing struggle in Syria. The Syrian Peace Action Center (SPACE) bring some of this creative resistance to the Norwegian public through the Syrian Cultural Caravan.

What is real?

Written by Anja Pross on . Posted in Events

The current exhibition “Realer Raum Bild Raum”(“Real Space Pictured Space”) at the Milli Reasürans Sanat Galerisi shows the work of three different German artists and thereby three different styles of modern German photography.

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Heidi Speckers transforms her photographs with the help of computer programs and on the first glance the buildings shown are hardly recognizable. So photographs which are a tool to picture reality become unreal and the artists becomes the creator of a new reality. This is directly visible in Heidi Speckers work.

Compared, Thomas Demand’sbilraum2klein own reality is not so obvious at first. Out of paper he  creates whole scenes of rooms as well as of typical objects found in a flat and later takes photographs. As an observer you first think it is a real photograph, yet something seems to be strange. When you take a closer look at his work you recognize his “paper-trick”.

The “closest to reality” are Susanne Brügger’s views of a city. Several photographs of a city are exposed in kind of a scientific way: Susanne Brügger lays a grid of coordinates over her photographs with a scale so that they remind you of a map. And what could be rbildraum3kleinealer than a photographed map? But if you take your time looking at the photographs carefully you realize that all of them are showing the same scenery and are part of one “big picture”, only focusing and enlarging different parts of it. The solution lays in one of her last pictures: an overview of this compilation which looks like a puzzle.

All the artists deal with rooms, as in cities, buildings or chambers. All of the artists work with photography. But looking at all of their work, especially shown together, the question is: What is real?

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