Open to Closer



We are pleased to invite you to Open to Closer at PeriferiINS, Istanbul on May 26th 2016. Open to Closer is a one day event presenting art works and videos by four artists-in-residence and two of their guests.

The InEnArt team in cooperation with PeriferiINS is organizing this one-evening-event as pop-up exhibition to introduce the experiences of these artists who are living temporarily in Istanbul with selected art works and a complementary cocktail.

Participating artists are Anahita Razmi (Berlin), Ana Strika (Zurich), Samuel Schaab (Vienna), and Katrin von Lehman (Berlin), the guests are Goran Galić and Gian-Reto Gredig (both from Zurich). These artists are living and working since spring 2016 in Istanbul; they got inspired by the city’s controversy and it’s rich history; at the same time they want to add new impulses with this one-evening-event to Istanbul’s virulent arts scene.

The artists are open for discussions if and how the escalation of global change, social polarization, terror threats and the recent political development in Turkey may influence their artistic expression in a globalization process.


Anahita Razmi is a visual artist based in Berlin working with video, installation, new media and performance. Her work is reconsidering visual memory, stereotypes, political conditions and standards between Orient and Occident.

The expansive installations by Zurich based artist Ana Strika are poetic and dreamlike with a contextual and innovative orientation.

Katrin von Lehmann works with experimental procedures that are open to the unknown. Her current project of transformation is inspired by genetic research. The genes can be completely sequenced. But so far scientists are puzzled to interpret this information – consisting of large data sets of A, T, C and G.

The works by Vienna based artist Samual Schaab evoke a ceaselessly changing oscillation between the contradistinctions exposed as such, though long before constructed and now abstracted, within the space. Instead, however, of merely establishing differences anew, he creeps into the narrow spaces between their categories and makes their qualities and modes of effectuality tangible within the field of tension that emerges between the poles of duality.

Goran Galić and Gian-Reto Gredig focus on the perception and flux of urban space on the example of Beijing, oscillating between imagination and reality. In Beijing, the duo filmed work being done to update a large model of the city. Modern landmarks such as the Olympic Stadium identify the city as Beijing. Like numerous other buildings by international star architects that were conceived without regard to the context, they lend the booming city of 18 million its contemporary landmark features. To create space for them, the traditional hutongs are demolished — both in the actual city and in the model.


Thursday May 26, 6 pm

Minare Sok. 25
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi



Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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