We commend BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, for its brilliant selection of 2023/2024 Fellows as we are excited to know that Teresa Borasino (DAI, 2005), Iliada Charalambous (DAI, 2023) and Maoyi Qiu (DAI, 2022) will be working alongside other, equally purposeful artists~activists within the BAK Fellowship for Situated Practice post-academic program, taking place in a federated constellation of two research cells in Istanbul and Utrecht. The Fellows have been selected on the basis of their proposals to develop experimental research within the expanded field of contemporary art and in connection with the overarching research trajectory “Alignment/Nonalignment”—a layered and urgent geopolitical proposition pertaining to the questions of organization, positionality, and solidarity. This research focus emerged in the context of the 2021/2022 edition of the BAK Fellowship for Situated Practice and was specifically prompted by the unjustifiable military invasion of Ukraine: a chain of events that strengthened the refusal of all forms of imperialism and amplified the need for practices of sharing and reconnection with collectivist initiatives, non-official histories, and subterranean legacies that have enacted and cultivated solidarities against the grain of imposed archives, identities, and structures. October 9, 2023–June 17, 2024.
A Finger for an Eye, group exhibition with Baha Görkem Yalım (DAI, 2018), Cansu Yıldıran, Dorian Sarı and Istanbul Queer Art Collective (Tuna Erdem & Seda Ergul), curated by Alper Turan. The artists respond to the ongoing violence materialized in the realm of the visual codes, symbols, and representations of queer existences in Turkey. All of these artists innovate a visual language that is both bold and invisible, evolving out of the famed rainbow which has recently become a target. Presented within the Emerging Curator Series 2021 by Protocinema, in partnership with Poşe Artist Run Space.
THE UNIVERSE FLICKERS at SALT BEYOĞLU (till December 30). Featuring Anna Boghiguian, Merve Ünsal and DAI tutors Rana Hamadeh, Navine G. Khan-Dossos as well as Annie Fletcher who programmed the exhibitiion.
2017 ~ DAI joins the protests against the arrest and imprisonment of Osman Kavala, one of Turkey’s most prominent civil society activists and cultural ambassadors.
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."
DAI ALUMNI URGENTLY CALL FOR OUR SOLIDARITY AND ASK US TO SIGN A PETITION launched and signed by 1128 academics in Turkey and supported by 356 international supporters including David Harvey, Noam Chomsky, Etienne Balibar, Erik Swyngedouw, Judith Butler and many others.
WOMAN - LAND - CULTURE presentation by artist Avan Omar (DAI, 2016) and social psychologist Shara Tahir for INLAND Türkiye Extension Agency as part of SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms ~ The 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015
2013-2014 Co-op Academy / If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of your Revolution presents: Appropriation and Dedication
Tutors and Guest Tutors: Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Gerry Bibby, Sara van der Heide, Snejanka Mihaylova, Emily Roysdon. Project leaders: Tanja Baudoin, Vivian Ziherl and Susan Gibb. Framework: Frederique Bergholtz, If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution.
Participants: Aarti Sunder, Bryony Gillard, Coco Duivenvoorde, Celia Shomal, Bonbon Juan, Constanza Puente, Jan Adriaanse, Kaste Seskeviciute, Maria Barlasov, Monique Hendriksen, Laila Torres Mendieta, Alireza Keymanesh