Exhibition

Akbank 38th Contemporary Artists Prize Exhibition

Exhibition
Akbank 38th Contemporary Artists Prize Exhibition

Artists: Abdulvahap Uzunbay, Beril Or, Davut Yücel, Delal Eken, Diren Demir, Elif Özen, Engin Konuklu, Furkan Depeli, Hamza Kırbaş, İmelda Kuyumcu, Kemal Kahveci, Kemal Yıldız, Kübra Gürleşen, Mert Acar, Rana Kelleci, Yunus Tilen  

Jury members: Ayşe Erkmen, Dejan Kaludjerović, T. Melih Görgün, Gönül Nuhoğlu, Derya Bigalı

Curator: T. Melih Görgün

Exhibition Design: Mert Karaçıkay 

Akbank 38th Contemporary Artists Prize Exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Painting and Sculpture Museums Association and Akbank Sanat with the object of supporting developments in contemporary art and to support young artists. 17 artworks chosen by the evaluations of this year’s jury Ayşe Erkmen, Dejan Kaludjerović, T. Melih Görgün, Gönül Nuhoğlu, Derya Bigalı will be exhibited between 15 October – 21 November, 2020 in Akbank Sanat. The exhibition can be visited free of charge. 

The theme of Akbank 38th Contemporary Artists Prize Exhibition is “On Everyday Life”.

“On Everyday Life”

In response to the economic policies, cultural constructs, ecological decisions and suggestions that are presented to us in the context of the usual fluctuations that we face in our everyday lives, the realms of thinking and producing together have become integral parts of daily life. And in our present-day, the concept of artistic production – the production that takes place in the creative realm within the macro cosmos – is now a necessary component for organizing life.

On the other hand, as the Situationists of Paris of 1968 have forecast a world of relationships mediated by images, people are now intuitively understanding reality in the context of the spectacle, and making their decisions through a relationality with the rules and forms prepared for them.

While art strives towards finding new forms of expression and influence, living continues. What is the artistic form of life today? And how do everyday experiences prepare the artists of the future for their roles in these new realities?

The “Creative Time” project organized by Nato Thompson since 2007 was a source utilised in writing this text.

T. Melih Görgün

15 October - 21 November 2020

Akbank Sanat

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