SALT Bey­oğlu and SALT Galata will present two events for art lovers and pro­fes­sion­als on May 18 and 25-26, one focusing on Turk­ish artist Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu’s lost art­work and the other on ‘use­ful art’ and re­cent ex­am­ples in Turkey

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ses­sions of talks await art lovers in May. While Jo­hann Pil­lai will elab­o­rate on Bedri Rahmi’s lost art­work at SALT Bey­oğlu to­mor­row, Gemma Me­d­ina and Alessan­dra Saviotti will talk about ‘use­ful art’ at SALT Galata on May 26

AN oa­sis for art lovers, pro­fes­sion­als and re­searchers in Is­tan­bul, SALT is pre­sent­ing two pro­grams in its Bey­oğlu and Galata lo­ca­tions.

SALT Bey­oğlu will host Jo­hann Pil­lai as part of the “Ex­hibit” pro­gram se­ries for a talk ti­tled “Bedri Rahmi’s Lost Mo­saic Wall: Re­cov­er­ing His­tory and Ex­hibit­ing Cri­sis” on May 18.

Ex­plor­ing the legacy of world fairs, Pil­lai, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of English Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture at Çankaya Univer­sity, will re­veal his re­search on the “lost” art­work by Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu: A mo­saic wall com­mis­sioned for the Turk­ish Pavil­ion at the Brus­sels World’s Fair in 1958 that mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared right af­ter. Pil­lai will present new find­ings about the pavil­ion and the wall, un­cov­er­ing the cir­cum­stances that oc­curred over the decades such as his­tor­i­cal mishaps, the po­lit­i­cal up­heavals of wars and mil­i­tary coups, er­rors of judg­ment and chance events. The talk will be in English. Pil­lai is co-founder and direc­tor of Ni­cosia-based in­de­pen­dent ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural ini­tia­tive Sidestreets. He is the au­thor of var­i­ous in­ter­pre­tive ar­ti­cles on lit­er­a­ture and art, as well as the 2010 pub­li­ca­tion, “Bedri Rahmi - The Lost Mo­saic Wall: From Expo ‘58 to Cyprus.” His main re­search in­ter­ests are the­o­ries of lit­er­ary and vis­ual in­ter­pre­ta­tion, the pol­i­tics and ide­olo­gies of writ­ing his­tory, and re­la­tions be­tween sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, and be­lief sys­tems.

On May 25 and 26, SALT Galata will host a work­shop, “Art in Use: Case Stud­ies from Turkey,” by Gemma Me­d­ina and Alessan­dra Saviotti, ex­am­in­ing “use­ful art” and re­cent ex­am­ples re­spond­ing to this no­tion in Turkey.

The work­shop will seek an­swers to the ques­tions of “What are the cur­rent man­i­fes­ta­tions of ‘ use­ful art’ in Turkey?” and “How does artis­tic pro­duc­tion re­spond to lo­cal eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal ur­gen­cies?” as part of the Of­fice of Use­ful Arts, an ini­tia­tive of SALT.

Since its open­ing in Septem­ber 2017 at SALT Galata, the Of­fice of Use­ful Arts has been pro­vid­ing an open space for po­ten­tial co-learn­ing prac­tices be­tween SALT and its users, while ex­plor­ing the pos­si­ble uses of art in ne­go­ti­at­ing so­cial and po­lit­i­cal is­sues.

The two-day work­shop will pro­vide a dis­cus­sion plat­form around the in­sti­tu­tion’s re­search find­ings re­lat­ing to var­i­ous as­pects of artis­tic prac­tices in Turkey to­day. The work­shop will kick off with a talk by Me­d­ina and Saviotti, mem­bers of the Aso­ci­a­tion de Arte Util, to build the Arte Util Ar­chive, an on­line plat­form com­pil­ing in­ter­na­tional case stud­ies that re­spond to the no­tion of use­ful art. The sec­ond day will fol­low with an indepth ex­am­i­na­tion of re­cent cases in Turkey that were in­cor­po­rated in the ar­chive.

Es­tab­lished in part­ner­ship with Aso­ci­a­tion de Arte Util and con­sist­ing of the pre­sen­ta­tions of case stud­ies, the Of­fice of Use­ful Art raises dis­cus­sions on the role of con­tem- po­rary art in ne­olib­eral econ­omy, new muse­ol­ogy the­ory, sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture, video ac­tivism, new me­dia sys­tems, pol­i­tics of knowl­edge, eco­log­i­cal cri­sis among oth­ers through a se­ries of pub­lic pro­grams.

The work­shop will be in English. To ap­ply to the pro­gram, a brief text (in English) de­tail­ing the rea­sons of in­ter­est to use­ful art should be sent to SALT’s web­site un­til May 22.

Gemma Me­d­ina is an art his­to­rian and in­de­pen­dent re­search cu­ra­tor. She was part of the cu­ra­to­rial team of the Mu­seum of Arte Util, lead­ing the re­search to build the Arte Util Ar­chive. She has been col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Aso­ci­a­tion de Arte Util as a co-cu­ra­tor, re­searcher and ar­chiv­ist since 2014.

Alessan­dra Saviotti is a cu­ra­tor and or­ga­nizer. She was part of the cu­ra­to­rial team of the Mu­seum of Arte Util at Van Abbe­mu­seum in the Nether­lands’ Eind­hoven, and has been col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Aso­ci­a­tion de Arte Util since 2014.

“Mon­u­ment to Frag­men­ta­tion” in­stal­la­tion of orig­i­nal panels and frag­ments from the ex­hi­bi­tion “Bedri Rahmi - The Lost Mo­saic Wall: From Expo ’58 to Cyprus,” 2010.

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