FXXXi̶s̶m̶ Toshain/ Ceeh @
Carte Blanche to KENDELL GEERS
at the gallery Galerist, Istanbul/ TK
February 20 – March 21
with Anna Ceeh, Asha Cherian, Betty Tompkins, Bianca Bondi, FXXXi̶s̶m̶ Toshain/ Ceeh, Iv Toshain, Lalin Akalan, Mai-Thu Perret, Monica Bonvicini, Raqs Media Collective, Wagenchi Mutu.
Thanks To GALERIST and Kendell Geers the EUREKA exhibition took place and was a very important message considering the massive protests, against the Turkish regime attitude to women and sex (people in Turkey protested at murder of young woman after she resisted an alleged attempt to rape her), which took place in Istanbul at the time of the EUREKA.
The exhibition inauguration took place parallel to the protests at 19th February 2015.
Our Interview on the topic feminism, women, art and protest, as well as pictures of the group show was later featured in the Turkish Art Unlimited Magazine.
Art Unlimited is a pioneering, bimonthly contemporary art magazine with a circulation of 15,000. It is published by Akbank Private Banking in collaboration with GALERIST, a leading contemporary art gallery based in Istanbul. The publication mainly covers news from the local and international contemporary art world, design and architecture.
“Where do I draw the line between my radical subjective self and my need to embody your perception of me ? Where do I begin and you end ?
The written and unwritten laws that govern our body introduce limits that are all alien to the naked body and distract from our true natures.
The city of Istanbul is at once both the epicentre of our global offering of faith and well as the melting point of cultural difference.
At once both Constantinople, the birthplace of Christianity and heir to Moslem modernity. Secular and religious, European and Asian, ancient and contemporary, Istanbul’s 14,1 million inhabitants understand time and limits of our times. In the 2013 Gezi Park protests 1 million people took to the streets and saved the tiniest piece of nature in one of the fastest growing urban contexts in the world.
When the police proclaimed every form of protest illegal, a performance artist found inspiration in the most fragile and simple act imaginable, standing still. He simply stood, doing nothing and became known as the “Standing Man,” inspiring thousands of others to follow until even the act of standing still became so subversive that it too was outlawed.
It is said that the exclamation ‘Eureka!’ was first spoken by the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes when he stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose and suddenly understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged. He was so overwhelmed with the joy of his discovery that he leapt out of his bathtub and ran through the streets of Syracuse naked.
I have been invited to curate an exhibition for Galerist in Istanbul and would like to invite you to meditate upon the question of your body and its borders. Where do you draw your lines in the labyrinth of the contemporary experience as an artist ?
Your mind finds inspiration as your body creates, generating works of art that are given limits by your galleries. Your work embodies the limits of your perceptions dictated by moral, spiritual, physical, economic, cultural and political constraints. In the battleground of your body expressing itself as an artist, how would you give expression to an ecstatic state of being that runs naked down the street with the words “Eureka” on your lips ?
The exhibition that I would like to invite you to be part of is conceived as a protest song in which the body is the celebrated.
I would like to Pro-Test the body at the same time as Pro-Tect it and I am inviting you to take possession of your senses and liberate the prisoners of your perception.”