“Cevdet Erek”

The 57th Venice Biennale takes shape

Cecilia Alemani has been appointed to curate the Italian Pavilion at the next Venice Biennale, as announced by Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities, who speaks about a “very ambitious and innovative” project. It is only the second time that Italy has entrusted a woman with the curacy after Ida Gianelli in 2007. Director of High Line Art in New York since 2011, Cecilia Alemanie is also curator of the Frieze Projects during the Frieze. Between 2009 and 2010, she was the director of the art centre X-Initiative in New York and collaborated with the Tate Modern in London, the MoMA PS1 and the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. For Turkey, the artist Cevdet Erek has been chosen to represent his national pavilion by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). After studying architecture at Mimar Sinon University, he underwent a training in sound engineering and design at Istanbul Technical University. He already took part in the Istanbul Biennale, the Sydney Biennale, the Sharjah Biennale as well as the Documenta 13, where he had proposed a much remarked installation, the Room of Rythms, which was displayed again at the 14th Istanbul Biennale and the MAXXI in Rome in 2014. He was in residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. For the Venice Biennale, Cevdet Erek will present a collaborative project with a team whose members will be announced in a few...

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Cevdet Erek at AKINCI

Running until 24 January 2015, AKINCI gallery, Amsterdam, is presenting the exhibition “Faça” by Cevdet Erek. The third exhibition by the artist at AKINCI, “Faça” takes its name from Turkish slang, itself borrowed from Italian, which is connected to the words face, façade, typeface, interface and others. This exhibition features four new works by the artist, one of which gives the show its name. In his recent work, Erek explores further conceptual and formal relationships seen in his earlier work. The titular piece takes the artist’s impressions of entering a new city for the first time and combines them with a research project on Greek avant-garde urban planner and architect Constantinos Doxiadis, along with fragments from the Greek architectural magazine Arkitektoniki from the 1970s.The Faça Ornamentations (2014), specially composed for the exhibition and the space at AKINCI, echoes his earlier work and aims to create a panoptic experience. Erek has featured in solo exhibitions across Europe and group exhibitions at such prestigious institutions as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MAXXI, Rome; Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Tate Modern,...

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Time re-imagined at Mor.Charpentier

Paris, 25 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Paris’s Galerie Mor.Charpentier is showing an exhibition of work by Turkish artist Cevdet Erek, entitled “Re-“, until 14 May. Erek’s practice is based on themes of sound, architecture, rhythm and the measure of time. The artist often seeks to change public perceptions about a given place, exploring the way in which we understand the world and organise our lives around values and perception. He also investigates the definition of space and time. Mor.Charpentier is showing the artist’s different projects in Paris for the first time, which are often the product of working for specific places, performances or various personal research. Cevdet Erek was born in 1974 in Istanbul, where he still lives and works. He won the Uriot Prize during his residency at the Rijksakademie between 2005 and 2006, and was the recipient of the Nam June Paik Prize in...

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