Artists Talk: Life in the UK / Balance of Probabilities

2 October 2011 / 12:00 - 13:30


Didem Özbek and Osman Bozkurt of PiST/// and curator Lora Sariaslan will discuss the project Life in the UK / Balance of Probabilities for Asia Triennial Manchester 2011 and their wider practices.

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Didem Ozbek b. 1970 lives and works in Istanbul. Her work has been exhibited at Akbank Sanat, Istanbul; Umetnostna Galerija Maribor; International Design Centre Nagoya among others. She also developed and created other conceptual projects for PiST such as Artist Information, Tea Stand and White Sugar Cube Book.

Osman Bozkurt b. Istanbul 1970 is a photographer and video artist. He was recently featured in the Independent newspaper as one of the world’s ‘up and coming international artists’, nominated by Alistair Hicks, art advisor for the Deutsche Bank Collection. His work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul; Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Udine; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille; Frieze Art Fair, 2008 among many others.

Lora Sarıaslan b. Istanbul is a freelance curator. From 2005-11 Sarıaslan was the curator Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern). Prior to this she was the McDermott Curatorial Assistant at the Dallas Museum of Art. Sarıaslan received her B.A. in Art History and Integrated International Studies from Knox College, Illinois and completed her graduate studies in Art History at the University of Texas, Austin. In 2008 Sarıaslan was selected to participate in the Salzburg Global Seminar. She is the Turkish National Correspondent for the European Museum Forum and in 2011 she was selected for the Japanese-Middle East curatorial exchange program by the Japan Foundation.

PiST/// is an interdisciplinary project space that creates new platforms for discourse and presentation from young and emerging artists, writers, critics, architects or musicians to generate an international dynamic in the art scene of Istanbul and Turkey. Located on 3 neighbouring shop fronts in Pangalti, Istanbul, PiST/// is an independent project run by artists Didem Özbek and Osman Bozkurt founded in May 2006.

Asia Triennial Manchester 2011 (ATM11) The UK’s only Asian Art Triennial. Initiated and led by Shisha, ATM11 will showcase current contemporary visual art and craft from Asia. ATM11 is a festival of visual culture that features a series of exhibitions, commissions and interventions by international and UK artists exploring the theme of Time and Generation, presenting new site-specific work alongside work not seen before in the UK, and challenging stereotypical viewpoints of contemporary Asian artistic practice.

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