Salı 03 Mart 2020

Translocal Cooperation’ exhibition launched in Furtherfield, London on 12 March features artworks from Greece, Serbia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.  

‘Translocal Cooperation’ exhibition was launched on 12 March, Thursday evening in Furtherfield Gallery, which is London’s longest running centre for art and technology. The exhibition is organized as part of the Connect for Creativity project led by the British Council, in collaboration with ATÖLYE and Abdullah Gül University in Turkey, BIOS in Greece and Nova Iskra in Serbia. The exhibition is open to visitors between 13 March-19 April, from Thursday to Sunday, between 12.00-18.00. It features works born of cooperation and knowledge exchange between Turkish, Greek, Serbian and British artists seeking translocal solidarity in a hyper-connected world.

A selection of artworks created during art and technology residency programmes 

As our world has become hyper-connected, it has enabled us to simultaneously occupy or travel through numerous physical and virtual locations. This social and cultural aspect of globalisation is often described in terms of ‘translocality’, where the events, conditions and attachments of one location can rapidly influence and connect with another. Inspired by this definition, the exhibition and the works within it consider how we might organise for care across distances and differences with and for our translocal communities.

The exhibition features a selection of artworks from those created by British, Greek, Serbian and Turkish artists during art and technology residences at the creative hubs ATÖLYE in Turkey, BIOS in Greece and Nova Iskra in Serbia. The artworks created by Theo Prodromidis, Ioana Man, Yağmur Uyanık, Emmy Bacharach, Tamara Kametani and Georgios Makkas employ a variety of media and technologies, from VR and 3D printing, to probiotic fermentation and ethnographic documentation. 

The artists visualise the challenges of peoples, cultures, and ideas, displaced over space and time, and explore how to re-evaluate and reconceive them for translocal solidarity and knowledge exchange in a rapidly changing world.

The artworks selected by the team of curators, Ruth Catlow, Lina Džuverović, Diana Georgiou and Huma Kabakçı focus on the crossings between the flooding in Hasankeyf in Turkey to the displacement of citizens through evictions in Belgrade, Serbia and thereby mirror the effects of globalisation on specific localities.

Here is the list of artworks that can be seen in Furtherfield Gallery in London, between 13 March and 19 April:  ‘Stream of Consciousness / The Caves of Hasankeyf’ designed in the form of virtual reality by Emmy Bacharach; ‘Selfmaking: Layers of Becoming With’ a 3D printed sandstone sculpture by Yağmur Uyanık, ‘Probiotic Rituals’ a combination of an AR interface, a website and a series of rituals by Iona Man; ‘Set in Stone’ etched by hand into marble by Tamara Kametani; ‘An Open Newspaper’ (You can’t evict a movement) digital print on newspaper by Theo Prodromidis and the multichannel video, ‘Four Stops to Kurtuluş’ by Georgios Makkas.

Connect for Creativity is part of the Intercultural Dialogue Programme that is led by the Yunus Emre Institute and is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey.