AboutA Foundation is the London focus of a touring exhibition to Istanbul, London and Berlin.
Inspired by the celebrated Turkish writer and political figure Nazim Hikmet's book of poems Journeys With No Return, this project explores the influence of Turkish migration on contemporary art.
Sixteen artists from Germany, Great Britain and Turkey uncover themes around this migration over the last 50 years. They share a conscious and critical interest in the borders of different areas of knowledge, skills, and languages that do not traditionally belong to art. Using popular music, rap, cinematic conventions, comics, anthropology, documentary, tagging and graffiti, they exploit archive images, cultural stereotypes and information systems. Using video, film, photography and installation, they reach out with methods of communication that echo mainstream and popular cultural forms.
Artists include: Nevin Aladag, Zineb Sedira, Adam Chodzko, Olaf Metzel, Denizhan Ozer, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Olaf Nicolai, Ergin Cavusoglu, Melanie Manchot, Asli Sungu, Kiran Kaur Brar and Nasan Tur.
Curators Alice Sharp, Peter Cross and Levent Calikoglu and exhibition organiser Denizhan Ozer.
A conference exploring the themes of the exhibition will take place at theGoethe-Institut 19 February 2010 (9.30-5.30 pm). For tickets please contact the Goethe-Institut on 020 7596 4000. (£50, concs £35).