Galleries 173, 178, 179, 223, 259, and 288
Live Cinema/In the Round features the works of Ziad Antar, Inci Eviner, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hassan Khan, Maha Maamoun, and Christodoulos Panayiotou, six artists from the Eastern Mediterranean who, in varying ways, explore how the moving image informs representations of reality. Responding to the 'live' reference used in the program title Live Cinema, video and sculptural works create a dialogue around the shift from the live performance of theater to the suspension of reality of cinema. The artists appropriate and recompose the conventions of film to consider how personal expectations, desires, and memories are shaped through cinematic strategies.
Live Cinema is a series of programs in the Video Gallery of the Museum that explores the vast production of single-channel video and filmwork by a diverse group of local, national, and international artists. In the last decades an ever-increasing number of contemporary artists have appropriated these mediums as an artistic outlet, in a dialogue with the early video and Super 8 practices of the sixties and the tradition of experimental filmmaking. Each program of the Live Cinema series focuses on a specific aspect of this work, in order to both map and analyze this important facet of contemporary art production. Certain Live Cinema programs are accompanied by a brochure in which writers and curators discuss the works exhibited, and also by public lectures given by the participating artists.
British curator, November Paynter has been based in Istanbul since 2002 where she worked as a Curator at Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center until the end of 2006. She was one of two Assistant Curators of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in 2005. In 2003 she was the recipient of the Premio Lorenza Bonaldi per L'arte – EnterPrize and the first curator under the age of 30 to be recognized with this award. In 2007, Paynter took the temporary position of Consultant Curator at Tate Modern for the exhibition Global Cities, before moving back to Istanbul the same year to work as Director of the Dubai trust of the Artist Pension Trust and as a freelance curator. In addition to writing texts for exhibition publications and artist monographies, she has written for art periodicals including Artreview, ArtAsiaPasific, Bidoun, and Artforum.
Ziad Antar, born 1978 in Saida, Lebanon; lives and works between Paris and Beirut.
Ziad Antar received a degree in agricultural engineering in 2001. Since 2002, he has been working with photography and video, often investigating the world marked by war and violence without being overtly political. Recent exhibition include Place Beyond Borders, Cittadellarte, Pistoletto Foundation, Biella Italy (2009), The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009), and She doesn’t think so but she’s dressed for the h-bomb, Tate Modern, London (2008). He has also participated in biennials, namely the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2009), and the Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2008). In 2002, Antar directed his first documentary on the French photographer Jean-Luc Moulène and has since filmed several documentaries for the Arabic news station al-Arabiya.
Inci Eviner, born in 1956 in Polatli, Turkey; based in Istanbul.
Inci Eviner's paintings, works on paper, installations and videos often deal with the balance between traditional and contemporary life in and out of Turkey. A graduate of the Painting Department of the National Academy of Fine Arts, Eviner pursued a PhD from the Fine Arts Faculty of the Mimar Sinan University, receiving her degree in 1992. Solo presentations include HAREM, Galeri Nev Istanbul (2010), Nouveau Citoyen, MAC/VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine (2009), ARCO Art Fair, Solo Projects, Galeri Nev, Madrid (); Don’t Worry You’ll Not Get Hurt, Galeri Nev, Istanbul (2005), Hold, Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo (1996). Selected group exhibitions include, Art in the Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery London (2009), Istanbul Traversée, Curator: Caroline Naphegyi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille (2009), Translocalmotion, 7th International Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Museum (2008), Affinities: New Acquisitions, Deutsche Bank Collection, Deutsche Guggenheim 1997-2007, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2007).
Gülsün Karamustafa, born 1946 in Istanbul; based in Istanbul.
Using a variety of media, Gülsün Karamustafa has long engaged with the socioeconomic and political changes within her home country. Educated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Istanbul, Karamustafa’s recent works employ video to explore stereotypes surrounding the role of women. Solo exhibitions in 2006 were Works by Gülsün Karamustafa, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, and PUBLIC/PRIVATE, Durkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden. Karamustafa has exhibited in group exhibitions internationally among which are IstanbulEindhoven, VanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven (2005); How Latitudes Become Forms, Walker Art Center, Minnesota; and Utopia Station, Venice Biennale (2003); Kwangju Biennale, South Korea (2000); and Orient/ation (Vision of Art in a Paradoxical World), 4th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (1995).
Hassan Khan, born 1975 in London; based in Cairo.
Hassan Khan has performed as a musician in various international venues, including Melkweg, Amsterdam, SESC São Paulo, São Paulo and HAU, Berlin. Selected solo shows include I am a hero/you are a hero, Gezira Art Center, Cairo (1999); The Hidden Location, A Space Gallery, Toronto (2005); KOMPRESSOR, Gasworks, London (2006), Le Plateau, Paris (2007) and Evidence of Evidence, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen (2010). Khan has also participated in numerous biennales including: the Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2003); Zones of Contact, 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006) Heterotopias, First Contemporary Art Biennale of Thessaloniki, Greece (2007); and the 7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2008) as well as The Pantagruel Syndrome: 1st Turin Triennale (2005) and the Yokohama Triennale (2008). Khan’s work will be included in Manifesta 8 held in 2010 in Spain.
Maha Maamoun, born in 1972. Lives and works in Cairo.
Maha Maamoun works primarily in photography and video. She often takes Cairo as her subject, investigating representations of the city to explore how it becomes characterized by cinema and media outlets, as well as how it becomes negotiated on a personal level. In recent years, she has participated in several international exhibitions and biennials, including Homeworks 5, Beirut (2010), Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009), Global Cities, Tate Modern (2007); Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, International Center for Photography, New York (2006); Dak’Art 2004, Dakar, Senegal (2004).
Christodoulos Panayiotou, born 1978 in Limassol, Cyprus; based in Paris.
Trained in dance, performing arts, and anthropology in Lyon and London, Panayiotou’s training motivates his visual investigation of how culture is produced and perceived. He has recently exhibited in: The Museum of Modern Art Oxford, UK, 2006; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, 2007; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center Istanbul, 2006; Taipei Biennale, Taipei, 2008; Busan Biennale, Busan, 2008; Bethanien, Berlin, 2009; MoCA Miami, Miami, 2009; The Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece; Artists Space, New York; Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.
This exhibition is made possible by The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by the Turkish Cultural Foundation, and by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, with additional funding from the Turkish Embassy. Public events were supported in part by the University of Delaware Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center and by the Slought Foundation.
November Paynter, Guest Curator; Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; Barbara Kutis, Curatorial Intern, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art