tags: Istanbul, Arnhem

Exhibition 12 - 15 September

Open daily from 12:00 - 20:00 hrs


Galata Fotoğrafhanesi Fotoğraf Akademisi
Serdar-ı Ekrem Cad. Ali Hoca Sok. No: 15 A
Galata - Beyoğlu / Istanbul


Mercedes Azpilicueta; Katja van Driel; Fotini Gouseti; Yoeri Guepin; Susan van Hengstum; Maja Hodoscek; Rei Kakiuchi; Isabel Marcos; David Maroto; Eden Mitsenmacher; Momu & No Es; Pendar Nabipour; Padraig Robinson;  Fraser Stewart and Mariana Zamarbide.

Exhibition design: Andreas Müller
Curators / tutors
: Frédérique Bergholtz and Grant Watson
Coordinator: Tanja Baudoin

Opening Friday 13 September


Drinks from 16:00 onward

screening programme


Maja Hodoscek, If You Remember I Always Talked About The Future 12 min, 2013

opening programme

16:00-16:45 lecture - Adrian Rifkin

17:00-17:30 opportunity to see the exhibition, clip Coming Out introduced by Padraig Robinson

17:30-17:45 performance - Mercedes Azpilicueta

17:45–18:00 opening exhibition – a word by Gabriëlle Schleijpen

18:00-19:00 opportunity to see the exhibition

19:00-19:30 performance - Momu & No Es

19:30-20:00 opportunity to see the exhibition

between 19:30-20:00 lip sync performance Eden Mitsenmacher 

This exhibition brings together new works by sixteen artists from different parts of the world who have been working together at the Dutch Art Institute for two years - a time featuring intense bursts of communal living and discussion in the city of Arnhem followed by intermittent periods of separation. In Istanbul they meet for the last time, each bringing a work that will be presented on or around an architectural structure designed by Andreas Müller.

Mercedes Azpilicueta's performance combines vocabulary from the chemistry world, definitions of tear gas, testimony from a Turkish artist in Gezi Park and chants from African market traders; Katja van Driel presents drawings for a screenplay based on archival documentation about child smugglers along the Belgian-German border in the 1940s; Fotini Gouseti shows woodprints from research into the Second World War massacre in the Greek town of Kalavryta; Yoeri Guepin presents documentation of Circle on The Floor (1968) by Ian Wilson that he loaned from the Van Abbemuseum and lived with in his house; Susan van Hengstum's photographic works are based on architectural and sensory research into sunlight; Maja Hodoscek shows a film that follows an adolescent struggling to impersonate his hero former Yugoslav leader Tito; Rei Kakiuchi presents simulated popcorn (1.5 percent larger than life) created with a 3D scanner cast in bronze and then painted; Isabel Marcos documents a one-week stay in an avant-garde house in Almere, the Netherlands, built in 1984; David Maroto's large scale wall drawing is based on game books inviting viewers to choose pathways through the stages of life; Eden Mitsenmacher's five love songs overlay her own lyrics onto existing instrumental tracks; Momu & No Es present a video-performance based on tropes from popular culture about fantasies of the Canary Islands; Pendar Nabipour shows a three-dimensional light installation projecting a motif that circulated in 1980s post-revolutionary Iran; Padraig Robinson's work departs from the 1989 Berlin premiere screening of the film Coming Out which coincided with the fall of the Berlin wall;  Fraser Stewart's three channel film draws with humor on narratives from Samuel Beckett and Abbie Hoffman and Mariana Zamarbide presents a sound recording of her inner voice.

DUTCH ART INSTITUTE ISTANBUL was devised by Frédérique Bergholtz and Grant Watson following the year-long course Curating Academy at the DAI. In monthly meetings the group looked into methodologies of curating and worked towards making an exhibition together.

With thanks to Sevgi Ortaç, production manager in Istanbul, and Bart van der Heide, Jacob Korczynski, and Adrian Rifkin, guest tutors of the course.

Dutch Art Institute offers a space for artistic research and experiment that exceeds the limits of conventional art education. Through affiliations with cutting edge curatorial platforms and research institutes the DAI seeks to create fleeting collectivities that operate as 'interfaces' between art, education and the world. In Istanbul DAI merges the finals of the 2011-2013 term with the launch of the 2013-2015 cycle by assembling graduating artists, incoming and returning students, tutors and the public.

The exhibition is supported by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Turkey, was commissioned by the Dutch Art Institute and produced by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution.


All photocredits: Sevgi Ortac