Ulufer Çelik (DAI, 2018) is one of the contributors to "Scattered – Hidden Narratives through Archives", an exhibition initiated by researcher and curator Nesli Gül that looks into the interactions of visual artists from Turkey who settled in the Netherlands with the Dutch art scene, a little-known and undocumented part of the contemporary art history of the Netherlands. On show at Framer Framed, till April 16, 2023.
Scattered is part of the ongoing research project The Impact of Contemporary Artists, who moved from Turkey, on the Dutch Art Ecosystem initiated by Nesli Gül. Using archival material, the exhibition investigates the shifting perspectives of artists and their connections to their own cultural heritage, their representation in society with ever-changing policies, and the influence of the Turkish diaspora on their artistic discourse. The main challenge facing the ongoing research project – addressed in the exhibition – is mainly scattered, fragmented, and “hard to reach” raw information. Selected posters, catalogues, invitations, brochures, postcards, booklets, newspaper clippings, correspondences with institutions, and artist documentaries reveal discussions on hot topic issues such as migration and identity politics.
Scattered looks out for a possibility of a polyphonic narrative for the art history of underrepresented artists. This exhibition is a response to artistic representation in contemporary art history beyond local context and constraints and contributes to a better understanding of the legacy of diasporic artists from Turkey and their interactions with the Dutch art ecosystem.
Curator, Researcher, and Initiator
Nesli Gül, of the project The Impact of Contemporary Artists, who moved from Turkey, on the Dutch Art Ecosystem
Esma Yiğitoğlu, Servet Koçyiğit, Merve Kılıçer, Müge Yılmaz
Bülent Evren, Cihad Caner, Deniz Buga, Kubilay Mert Ural, Mustafa Şener, Nesrin During, Ulufer Çelik
Archives in the Exhibition
The Archive of Bülent Evren, Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision – Beeld & Geluid, Stadsarchief Amsterdam
The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision – Beeld & Geluid
Special Thanks to
Bülent Evren and Cüneyt Durukan
1093 KS, Amsterdam
Exhibition dates: 03 March – 16 April 2023
Opening times: Tue – Sun, 12:00-18:00 (Free entry)