Journeys, Wanderings in contemporary Turkey, is closing. Don’t miss the dancing performance on 6th January, inspired by the works in the exhibition. I went to the opening at Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, thanks to Onfair, the art club for young collectors.
After Indonesia in 2011, the Espace now turns the spotlight on Turkey. With its mosaic of populations, Turkey is home to a vibrant art scene, which shows the modern face of this rapidly changing country.
Eleven artists from different generations use a variety of techniques to evoke, each in their own way, the theme of travel, dear to Louis Vuitton. Some wander through their country – vast not only in geographical terms, but also in the scope of its history and the multicultural essence of its people – while others embark on an intimate, introspective journey, touching on the universal.
The strength, beauty and immensity of the Turkish landscape unfold in Murat Morova’s polyptych, in the surprising photographic mise-en-scene by Halil Altindere, and in the installation by Murat Akagündüz, which brings together video and resin painting. Photographer Silva Bingaz shows a reportage featuring the inhabitants of Istanbul, while Ali Taptik creates a patchwork of intimate urban photographs, revealing the mystery of this enigmatic country. Ceren Oykut, meanwhile, takes inspiration from everyday life to express, through her drawings, the fevered, chaotic activity of the city.
Childhood and the past provide another rich vein of inspiration: Ihsan Oturmak paints uniformed schoolchildren from class photographs, while Tayfun Serttas appropriates an astonishing series of archive images in which young girls adopt the same hackneyed pose before the photographer’s lens. The artist Canan goes back over the history of her country with a video portrait of a woman, offering a contemporary vision of Turkish society somewhere between classic ottoman calligraphy and illumination, collage and animated film.
Finally, Gözde Ilkin’s embroideries, composed of objects the artist found on her travels, and Hale Tenger’s globes hanging beneath a starry vault, invite the visitor to wander beyond the borders of this fascinating country.
A romantic and poetic, sometimes even melancholic, bias is expressed in this selection of artworks on the theme of travel, the leitmotif of all exhibitions at the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton.
Selection and photos by Ingrid Melano