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SERKAN ÖZKAYA
SERKAN ÖZKAYA
03.06.2021 - 20.02.2022
GROUP EXHIBITION | 'PRECAUTION', ARTER, ISTANBUL

Conceived around the relationships between the artist, the art institution, the artwork, and the viewer, Precaution focuses on practices of art production, preservation, and exhibition through the works selected from the Arter Collection. The exhibition explores the preparation and negotiation processes the audience rarely witnesses; the power dynamics shaped by cultural, ideological, hierarchical, and economic contexts; as well as the weaknesses, sensitivities, fragilities particular to the field of art. The exhibition features 13 works by 11 artists in the Arter Collection.

 

Presented at a time when the pace of daily life, our social relations, our modes of work, the distances between us and the world have changed, our range of movement has been limited and even our physical appearance has been masked, Precaution takes its name from Canan Tolon’s work in the exhibition and draws inspiration from the word “precaution,” heard and used so frequently across different contexts including economy, security, energy, and especially, public health today. “Global anxiety” has completely taken every aspect of life hostage, and its effects have disrupted art and art institutions’ working modes, accessibility policies and communication practices. Faced with ever-changing “new normals”, art has been forced to seek out not only precautions for sustainability, but also new ways and mediums for experience, different communication strategies, and alternative infrastructural and financial solutions.

 

Given their dates and the issues they problematise, the works featured in this collection-based exhibition might not make direct reference to the problems and concepts brought about by the conditions of the pandemic, yet they will still be experienced according to the rules and limitations mandated and specified by these conditions. By way of the relationships they forge with one another and with the institutional space where they are temporarily exhibited, they will encourage us to reconsider not just the meaning of precaution, which has permeated into our everyday language and reshaped our lifestyles, but also many other concepts and phenomena that define the arena of contemporary art today: relations of production in the art and business worlds, hierarchical and bureaucratic systems, conflicts/conjunctures between the personal and the institutional, communication and negotiation, inclusion and exclusion, blockbuster exhibitions and queuing crowds, publicity, the value of the artwork, intellectual property rights, methods of preservation and conservation, security, construction and destruction, social distancing, and masks…

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