Statement by the Jury for the Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition 2015: Bassam El Baroni, Paul O’Neill, Iris Dressler and Hans D. Christ: "Given what we know of the situation, it remains important for us to note that although we understand the complexity of the current political conflicts in Turkey and their possible impact on the art context, we still cannot help but identify this as censorship."

08.03.16 | tag: Istanbul

"We were very disappointed to hear that Akbank Sanat took the decision to cancel hosting the prize winning exhibition proposal ‘Post-Peace’ conceived and curated by Katia Krupennikova. We selected Katia’s proposal for it’s embrace of the complexity of the current global situation and it’s identification of the proliferation of war as a dominant characteristic of our times. Akbank Sanat went on to produce the exhibition giving the curator all it’s financial and technical support only to unilaterally announce the exhibition’s cancellation less than a week before it’s scheduled opening on March 1st 2016. Akbank Sanat’s statement pointed toward the sensitive nature of the situation in Turkey as the reason for this very cautious move. Given what we know of the situation, it remains important for us to note that although we understand the complexity of the current political conflicts in Turkey and their possible impact on the art context, we still cannot help but identify this as censorship. We wish Katia and the participating artists in ‘Post-Peace’ all the best in locating an alternative venue in Istanbul or elsewhere".

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