Istanbul Museum of Modern Art presents Neighbours – Contemporary Narratives from Turkey and Beyond, an exhibition that investigates contemporary art practices in Turkey and the surrounding region. The show examines common approaches to visual culture in 17 contiguous countries through the works of 35 artists.
Within the scope of its 10th year anniversary celebrations, the exhibition brings together artists from neighboring geographies that have historical, political, and cultural ties with Turkey including the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Middle East, etc.
Neighbours looks at how deeply rooted social customs such as spectacles and celebrations have seeped into the visual arts to inform the work of contemporary artists from this diversified and historically interconnected area. The exhibition addresses the themes of storytelling and travel, common denominators in the cultures and arts of the region. These two themes are invoked in many works, along with the notions of mobility, nomadism, migration, and itinerancy and nuances of language, translation, and cultural transmission, among others.
Neighbours features visual artworks, as well as performance and spectacles, including extensions of disciplines that have developed outside the academic circles of art, such as political cartoons and folk art. An extensive schedule of activities has also been prepared alongside Neighbours, including screenings, performances, panels, talks, and workshops dedicated to the region’s art and culture. Organized by assistant curator Birnur Temel, the programme “Come Again?” will screen the works of thirteen artists in a specially designed video room within the main exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Çelenk Bafra and Paolo Colombo from Istanbul Modern, with the assistance of regional art experts Negar Azimi, Zdenka Badovinac and Magda Guruli.