Floating Tactics after a Sunken Island

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Artists: Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Balca Ergener, Nazlı Gürlek, Sibel Horada, Evrim Kavcar, Didem Özbek, Yasemin Özcan, İz Öztat, Ülgen Semerci, Julie Upmeyer, Dilek Winchester 

Curator: Sibel Horada 

06.10 - 11.11.2017 
Opening: 05.10.2017, 18:00 - 20:00 

Daire Sanat, Akarsu Cad. Şimşirci Sok. Santral Apt. No:11/1 Cihangir, Istanbul


The exhibition gathers the works of eleven female artists, brought together by the invitation of Sibel Horada. The exhibition centers on an island, believed to have been flooded by earthquakes in the 11th century. This formation asserts itself to this day as a reef in the middle of the sea, threatening mariners for centuries. Called Vordonissi, this rocky site holds remnants of the monastery where the famous Istanbul Patriot Photius, who, according to the myth, led to a day-long split of the eastern and western churches. 

Could it be that the sunken island has become a metaphor? And that we have to observe survival tactics at a time when the waters around us have risen so much we wake up every day with a new earthquake?

© Julie Upmeyer 2016