Sanatorium, Istanbul: Hyphologie


November 28 – December 28, 2013

Curators: Ludovic Bernhardt & François Ronsiaux

Artists: Art of failure, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Ludovic Bernhardt, Erdem Ergaz, Can Ertaş, Yağız Özgen, Stéfane Perraud, Société Réaliste, François Ronsiaux. Multimedia performance by Dorota Kleszcz on November 30, 2013.

Sanatorium presents Hyphologie, a curated group exhibition featuring work by five French and four Turkish artists, running from November 28 to December 28. Co-curated by Ludovic Bernhardt and François Ronsiaux, Hyphologie takes a critical approach towards the disrupted relationship between object and signifier in contemporary society and is an attempt by the curators to break down borders both internal and external to Europe.

As such, the works on view include a fictional map, a sterile white space, frozen international urban landscapes, national flags superposed against a monochrome background, a representation of fault lines in the earth, fluorescent lights, the packaging of medical supplies and a representation of a flat earth.

Internationally acclaimed French artists are presented alongside some of the most exciting young talent in Turkey for an international exhibition whose scope reaches across a continent, and from the challenges of our present into the future of our shared semiotics. Work by several important Turkish and French artists will be presented in the exhibition. These include: Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, who has garnered attention through his multidisciplinary art production; Erdem Ergaz who is known for his paintings questioning people’s adaptation to our technological age and their beliefs as opposed to metaphysical concepts; Can Ertaş who brings together various industrial forms in his works; Yağız Özgen whose use of hyperrealist and 3D simulation techniques has drawn significant attention since his first personal exhibition called ‘C://Still Life’; and from France, Société Réaliste, a Paris based cooperative art group whose works have recently been reviewed with compliments in New York Times; Ludovic Bernhardt who has been celebrated for the cartographic and political renderings in his exhibition ‘Maps'; Art of failure with their multimedia installations and electronic sound productions, Stéfane Perraud with his light installations and map representations, and François Ronsiaux whose conceptual photography reflects his catastrophic imagination.   

Hyphologie is a concept used by Roland Barthes. Hypho means ‘spider’s web’, and the term is used in linguistic studies to denote the act of questioning relationships between text and sign.

Opening: November 28, 2013, 18:00

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