Tactics of Invisibility
9 April - 5 June 2011
Hale Tenger is showing at a group show at ARTER, a non profit contemporary exhibition space in Istanbul. Co-curated by ARTER’s Exhibitions Director Emre Baykal and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary’s Chief Curator Daniela Zyman, “Tactics of Invisibilty” brings together works by 14 artists and collectives: Nevin Aladağ, Kutluğ Ataman, Cevdet Erek, Ayşe Erkmen, Esra Ersen, İnci Eviner, Nilbar Güreş, Hafriyat, Ali Kazma, Füsun Onur, Sarkis, Hale Tenger, Nasan Tur and xurban_collective.
“Tactics of Invisibility” aims to generate a discussion on different angles of the central concept it tackles. While encompassing multilayered strategies to understand or cross the threshold between the visible and invisible the works in the exhibition draw attention to the repressed or the silenced; they express the implications of exclusion from the regime of visibility, concealment as a means of reflection, and the uncanny state between presence and absence; and reveal what is beneath the surface, in addition to rendering the invisible visible. While bringing together the works of artists from different generations, “Tactics of Invisibility” investigates the potential of the interaction of their productions, as opposed to offering an art historical inventory or adopting a chronological approach.
A co-production by the Vehbi Koç Foundation and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21), “Tactics of Invisibility” has been conceptualised as an exhibition in three parts. The project, launched in 2008 with preparatory research, was first realised at T-B A21 in Vienna in April 2010 and adapted to Tanas, Berlin in September of the same year. As planned, the project’s journey concludes with the final stage of the exhibition held at ARTER, Istanbul.