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Blind Dates: New Encounters from the Edges of a Former Empire

Posted on | November 17, 2010 by imam | No Comments

Please join us at the opening reception of; Blind Dates: New Encounters from the Edges of a Former Empire, Thursday, November 18, 6 – 8 p.m, at Pratt Manhattan Gallery , 144 West 14th St, 2nd Floor. xurban_collective is participating the show with a new piece that we developed after a 2800km research (road) trip to North Eastern Anatolia. Project website: http://xurban.net/scope/botanycarcinoma/

About the exhibition:

Tracing what remains of the peoples, places and cultures that once constituted the vast Ottoman geography, Blind Dates instigates a series of interdisciplinary ‘match-made’ encounters to mediate ruptured pasts and to consider their affect on life today. At the heart of the exhibition are research-based artistic collaborations by artists from Armenia, Bosnia, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and their respective Diasporas who explore attachments to images, voices and histories that collide with existing taxonomies of nation-states, art histories and identities. On view is a cluster of sensibilities that nest at the verge of remembering and forgetting, truth and fiction, real and imaginary.

Participants include:

Silva Ajemian and Aslihan Demirtaş
Karen Andreassian with Citizen Walkers
Hrayr Anmahouni Eulmessekian with Prof. Anahid Kassabian
Michael Blum and Damir Nikšić
Jean Marie Casbarian with Prof. Nazan Maksudyan
Özge Ersoy with Taline Toutounjian
Linda Ganjian and Elif Uras
Aram Jibilian with Arshile Gorky’s Ghost and Aaron Mattocks
Nina Katchadourian and Ahmet Öğüt
Karine Matsakyan and Sona Abgaryan
Stefanos Tsivopoulos with A Contemporary-Classical Dancer
Jalal Toufic with Prof. Selim Kuru
Xurban Collective (Guven Incirlioglu, Hakan Topal, Mahir Yavuz)

Guest curated by Defne Ayas and Neery Melkonian

The exhibition will be on view November 19, 2010 – February 12, 2011, Free and open to the public.




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