Co-curated by Huma Kabakcı and Mine Küçük, a group exhibition titled “Past meets Present” will showcase a selection of works by 16 Turkish and international artists. All participating artists come from different artistic and cultural backgrounds yet their individual art practices are informed by a shared interest in the research, excavations and discoveries of historians, scientists and archaeologists.

The group exhibition will feature works by artists including; Sami Aslan, Burçak Bingöl, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Ahmet Civelek, Onur Hastürk, Patrick Hough, Bilal Hakan Karakaya, Seçil Kınay, Hasan Kıran, Maude Maris, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Murat Palta, Shahpour Pouyan, Gazi Sansoy, Elvan Tekcan and Pınar Yolaçan.

“Past meets Present”’s curators, Huma Kabakcı and Mine Küçük, stated that their curatorial vision for the exhibition drew inspiration from the historical context of the exhibition space, which served as the Ottoman Post Office in the early 20th century, and from the international outlook of the Anna Laudel Contemporary gallery. Having long been influenced by the idea of redefining the past through contemporary art, the curators will invite visitors to explore and participate in a historical journey through contemporary art practice.

“Past meets Present” will also present a programme of parallel activities as part of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, including a Curatorial Tour, and Artist Talk and a performance installation entitled “Body – The Present Flowing into the Past” presented by TORK Dance Art.

“Past meets Present” will be held across three floors of exhibition space at Anna Laudel Contemporary in Istanbul until 13 October 2017has now been extended by a week until 20 October, due to popular demand.


Parallel Activities Programme

23 September Saturday | 5.00-6.30 pm: Curatorial Tour
24 September Sunday | 5.00-6.30 pm: Artist Talk
28 September Thursday | 6.30 pm: TORK Dance Art performance installation entitled “Body – The Present Flowing into the Past”. Performance-Concept-Choreography: Sernaz Demirel and Tan Temel

Realised as part of the 15th Istanbul Biennial’s neighbouring events programme.

Photo Credit: Kayhan Kaygusuz

TORK Dance Art - "Body - The Present Flowing Into The Past"

Photo Credit: Kayhan Kaygusuz