Çanakkale Art Walk 2017: Homeland June 6th to August 6th 2017


OPEN CALL- Submission deadline April 14th 2017

Exhibition Venues: Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Felix-Nussbaum-Haus / Kulturgeschichtliches Museum (Villa Schlikker), Kunstquartier des BBK, Gesellschaft für Zeitgenössische Kunst Osnabrück e.V. – Hase 29 

Curator: Christian Oxenius, Osnabrück

Osnabrück and the Turkish city of Çanakkale have established a partnership in 2004 to foster cooperation and dialogue. This resulted in 2015, through the invitation of the BBK-Osnabrück lead by Jens Raddatz, to the event “Fragments. Çanakkale Art Walk”, displaying a selection of works from the 4th Çanakkale Biennale. In the summer of 2016, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, BBK-Osnabrück, and Gesellschaft für Zeitgenössische Kunst Osnabrück – Hase 29, formed a partnership to extend the Turkish-German cooperation in the framework of the 2nd Çanakkale Art Walk. Curator Christian Oxenius, in close contact with the Çanakkale Biennale, was selected to guide this project. However, the planning of the exhibition was disrupted by the political developments of July 2016 in Turkey. Beral Madra, curator of the 5th Çanakkale Biennale, also titled “Homeland”, stepped down for political reasons two weeks before the planned opening of the exhibition. A decision that lead to the cancellation of the whole event, scheduled for September 24th 2016.

The organisers of the Çanakkale Biennale and their colleagues and artists in Osnabrück, however, decided to stand by each other and renewed their readiness to stage the second edition of Çanakkale Art Walk regardless of these events. “The conceptual framework of the 5th Çanakkale Biennale, structured around the dichotomy of homeland and migration will not be simply transferred to Osnabrück. Rather, with the exhibition I want to explore the more general discourse framing “homeland” in both countries, among others by actively encouraging a cooperation with artists from the wider region” states curator Christian Oxenius. The cooperating organisers, following these considerations, invite artists without any geographical restriction to apply to the Open Call “Homeland – Çanakkale Art Walk”.

Parallel to the Open Call a selection of international artists was drafted by Christian Oxenius. These include: Halil Altindere, Zehra Arslan, Cana Bilir-Meier, Burçak Bingöl, Hera Buyuktasciyan, Aissa Deebi, Ahmet Elhan, Köken Ergun, Jakob Gautel, Aikaterini Gegisian, Ghazel, Jun’ichiro Ishi, Pravdoliub Ivano, Birgit Johnsen and Hanna Nielsen, Reysi Kamhi, Kalliopi Lemos, Boris Mikhailov, Eleni Mylonas, Felix Nussbaum, Julie Roch-Currier, Akam Shex Hadi, Soheila Sokhanvari, Panos Tsagaris, Stefanos Tsivopoulos und Viron Erol Vert.

The 2nd Çanakkale Art Walk will take place between June 6th and August 6th 2017.

Submission deadline is set for April 14th 2017.

The submissions will be considered by the whole curatorial team and the selected artists will be notified by May 2nd accordingly.

Production and transportation costs of the submitted works are the responsibility of the artists according to the guidelines found on the project’s website.

Concept: Homeland as a space defined by others but influencing our own identity, a place to escape from and one which we produce and re-produce daily, an idea which we can claim individual ownership and yet is often adopted in discourses that threaten our individual existence. What is the significance of this term in a historical moment in which lands are increasingly surrounded by fences and walls? Çanakkale Art Walk will attempt to trace, through the sensitivity and gestures of the selected artists the significance of this key term articulated through belonging, displacement, cultural hybridity, citizenship, domestic as well as public/political practices among other discourses.

Guidelines for submissions: All artistic techniques are accepted. Both individual- and group-submissions are welcomed. Multiple entries however will not be considered. The submissions can be completed in English or German. Only submissions sent to call@caw.bbk-osnabrueck.de or through the dedicated form found at caw.bbk-osnabrueck.de/open-call/ within the above mentioned deadline. Submissions should include Title, a short description of the project (300 words), technique, size, weight, production year, photographic evidence of the work (max 5 pictures, when appropriate), brief CV (1 page).

The works will be exhibited in the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Villa Schlikker, BBK’s Kunst-Quartier, Kunstraum Hase29 as well as various other sites in the city. The project is supported among others by Osnabrück’s Städtepartnerschaftsbüro, by the Municipality of Çanakkale, SAHA and Ruya Foundation.

More information can be found under:  http://caw.bbk-osnabrueck.de/ 

Press contact: Verena Voigt PR | M ++ 49 163 191 1669 | kontakt@verena-voigt-pr.de 


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