Reciprocal Visit - exhibition opening
17.09.2010 20:00
Reciprocal Visit (Iade-i Ziyaret)
Kibela, Maribor, Slovenia
opening: 17.9.2010, 20.00

Artists: Endam Acar, Selda Asal, Volkan Aslan, Fatma Çiftçi, Zeren Göktan, Deniz Gül, Gözde İlkin, Ceren Oykut, Gökçe Süvari, Sophia Tabatadze, Nadia Tsulukidze, Sona Abgaryan, Tsomak Oga, Ali Hasanov, Shahab Fotouhi
Curator: Serra Özhan

The Apartment Project from Istanbul
will present its latest project called Reciprocal Visit. This project is associated with the work of the visual artist and the founder of the artist initiative Selda Asal who is the originator of the project's concept. Iade-i Ziyaret / Reciprocal Visit is an experimental workshop project made up of photographs, videos, writings, interactions, and talks by participants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds such as photography, video, music, performance, painting, sociology. It takes its name from the culture of 'reciprocal visit' that is alive and well in Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Georgia as well as in many Arab countries and Turkey. The artistic material is created while participants are on the road, at places where they stop, visit, or stay.

The conceptual framework of the workshop divided into two stages was developed by video artist Selda Asal and curator Serra Özhan. In the first phase of the project, artists Endam Acar, Selda Asal, Volkan Aslan, Fatma Çiftçi, Zeren Göktan, Deniz Gül, Gözde İlkin, Ceren Oykut, Gökçe Süvari and Sophia Tabatadze visited Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran in April 2009.
The collective undertook an experimental exercise that was created there and then throughout their journey by bus and train: An experimental workshop involving different ideas emanating from the collective, different experiences brought on by being together and sharing, various narratives using different materials and drawings, photographs, videos, texts and talks produced in places visited.
The second phase of the project was a workshop organized at DEPO in July 2009 with artists from countries visited: Sophia Tabatadze, Nadia Tsulukidze, Ali Hasanov, Tsomak Oga, Sona Abgaryan and Shahab Fotouhi. The work produced in these two phases, an archive of the production process and a selection from the video archive of 'Archidrome' Contemporary Art Archive, Georgia, is  presented at DEPO between 20 November and 31 December 2009.

The exhibition will be on view until 2 October 2010.

Kindly welcome! Admission free.

Kibela, space for art, is open every day 9.00 am to 10.00 pm, Saturdays 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm, and closed Sundays.

The exhibition is part of  X-OP project, supported by European Commission – Program Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Maribor.

ACE KIBLA programme is supported by Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Maribor and The Slovenian Office of Youth. KIBLA is a part of Multimedia Centres Net Slovenia.

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