Galeri Manâ: Twin, Rainbow


Twin, Rainbow

10.09 – 24.09.2013

Galeri Manâ is pleased to announce that Sarkis’ solo exhibition Twin will be hosting a new installation work; Rainbow between the dates 10 – 24 September 2013. Rainbow settles into the universe of dualities created by Sarkis in Twin, in the manner of a satellite that may or may not be expected. It bears a movement abandoning its predetermined pattern, and points to that which is yet to be imagined, a moment of birth in the course of history.

Along with the light emanating from Rainbow, the recorded sound of 7 Roulettes [7 Rollers, 1971], a work of Sarkis from 1971, reflect on the copper surfaces staged in the exhibition and start a new dialogue. In a setting where each floor of the gallery space acts as an original twin to the other, Rainbow adds a new layer to the experience of memory proposed by the exhibition Twin, at the encounter of what’s perceived and what’s remembered.

 Since the earliest stages of his artistic practice, Sarkis has searched for an aesthetic language and experience characteristic of our time. A constant urge to create a new language underlies Sarkis’ oeuvre, always reflective of the nature of the materials, media and sites he uses. Taking inspiration from autobiographical elements as well as art history, literature, music and film, he emphasizes the historicity and performativity of objects and sites. Through the physical, historical and conceptual encounters he stages, the artist brings new life into fixed and frozen depositories of memory.

 Recent retrospective exhibitions of Sarkis were held at Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2011); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010) and İstanbul Modern (2009). Sarkis has participated at numerous international exhibitions including When Attitudes Become Form (Kunsthalle Bern, 1969), Les Magiciens de la Terre (Centre Pompidou, 1989), Sydney (1989), Lyon (2009), İstanbul (1987; 1989; 1995; 2007), Moscow (2007), Venice (1990) Biennials and Documenta (1977; 1982). In 2012, his installation Ballads was exhibited in the port of Rotterdam with the support of the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, his stained glass works at the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire in France at the exhibition Ailleurs, ici ; and his installation La Frise des Trésors de Guerre at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris within the Triennale.

Galeri Manâ, located in the Tophane district of Istanbul, is a converted wheat mill that dates to the 19th century. Founded by Mehves Arıburnu in 2011, the gallery seeks to establish an inclusive and interdisciplinary dialogue through its artistic program, special events and publications. Galeri Manâ works with artists who stand on the edges of contemporary artistic practice by investigating the boundaries of their mediums and expanding their conceptual reach.

Galeri Manâ is open Tuesday – Saturday between 11:00 – 18:00.

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