Hülya Arık and Işıl Eğrikavuk will speak about the two (seemingly) oppositional practices in the art scene in Turkey, addressing how they take up questions of cultural heritage, ownership, conservatism and nationality. Eğrikavuk will present on her own artistic research and on a selection of projects in the contemporary art scene in Turkey. Arık will speak on her ethnographic research on the Islamic/traditional visual arts scene in Istanbul. Their presentations will start a dialogue to explore the social and political forces that shape the differentiated practice of both contemporary and traditional arts from a transnational perspective. Issues related to belonging, heritage and co-existence will be discussed in exploring new ways of envisioning social change through cultural practice.
Moderated by Kristina Hagström-Ståhl.
Işıl Eğrikavuk is an artist, researcher and teacher at the Media and Communication Faculty at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).
Hülya Arık is a feminist and cultural geographer, currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Gender Studies Program, Cultural Sciences Department, University of Gothenburg.
Kristina Hagström-Ståhl is PARSE professor at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg.
Işıl Eğrikavuk is an artist, researcher and academic, who is currently teaching at the Media and Communication Faculty of Berlin University of the Arts. Her work focuses on artistic research, community practices and performance. Eğrikavuk is the winner of Turkey’s first contemporary art prize, Full Art Prize in 2012. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions and residencies, and her work has been published in both local and international journals. For three years she had a weekly column in the Turkish national newspaper Radikal, “Güncel Sanat Kafası” (“High on Contemporary Art”), in which she commented on the intersection of daily news and contemporary art. Recent exhibitions include: Art Souterrain, Montreal, (2019), Block Universe Festival, London (2017), Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich (2017), Art of Disagreement, Salt, İstanbul & Ankara (2016-2015), 11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (2013), 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009).
Dr. Hülya Arık is a feminist and cultural geographer and a postdoctoral researcher in the Gender Studies Program at the University of Gothenburg as part of the project, Spaces of resistance. A study of gender and sexualities in times of transformation. Her current research explores the cultural politics of religion, secularism and gender in Turkey with a focus on the Islamic and traditional visual arts scene in Istanbul. Hülya completed her PhD in 2015 at the Geography Department at York University in Toronto with a project on the unique intertwinement of discourses on religion, secularism and security through gender within the context of the Turkish military. This work has been published in several academic journals such as Gender, Place & Culture, Security Dialogue, and Social & Cultural Geography. She is an organizer of the Regional Studies Association Network on the Politics of Displacement, Identity and Urban Citizenship in Migratory Contexts (2017-20).
This Dialogue is part of the Intersectional Engagements in Politics and Art research arc within PARSE, and is organized in collaboration with the Gender Studies Program at the University of Gothenburg.
This event is free and open to the public. No sign up required.