Arts and Culture

Two exhibitions at The Baden Art Association

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Baden Art Association hosts the exhibition Lovers by Nilbar Güreş and the program unspeakable home, enchanting companions curated by Derya Bayraktaroğlu.

Nilbar Güres, Torn, 2018. Courtesy: Galerie Martin Janda, Wien; Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin; C24 Gallery, New York.

One of the oldest art associations in Germany, The Baden Art Association will host two exhibitions starting from 11nd April.


The exhibition Lovers by Nilbar Güreş is the largest presentation in Germany to date featuring works produced between 2006 and the present. Güreş consistently interrogates conventional gender roles and relationships, as well as alluding to opportunities for empowering feminine and queer identities. Her artistic praxis is based on subtle moments of resistance, quietly radical in their enactment along the margins of everyday life. At the same time, she relies upon a characteristic humor, a playful irony, and poetry that – at least initially – offers the possibility of immediate accessibility. Only a second look reveals a consistent critique of sociopolitical conventions.

unspeakable home, enchanting companions

with Nur Koçak, Nil Yalter&Melis Tezkan, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Gökçe Yiğitel, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (in collaboration with Şevval Kılıç and Derin Cankaya), Deniz Gül, Gülkan Noir, Gözde İlkin, Kanka Productions, Tümay Göktepe, Voltrans İnitiative, Aylime Aslı Demir and Ugemfo

The program unspeakable home, enchanting companions is dwelling on existing and imagined intersections of artistic practice and contemporary feminist intensities in Turkey. Relying on a satirical critique of certain binaries, the phantasm of normative citizenship, linguistically fabricated supremacy, and the neoliberal power politics, the program probes for alternative diegeses, textualities, and performings, which enliven the relations of art and activism. It takes a glance at the earlier pathways of feminist thought at the local scale together with up-to-date feminist and proto-queer inquiries. Staging oppositions to given discourses and structures at work, interrupting the practices of power by laughter and being charmed by an open-ended companion the artistic productions compiled by the program will be displayed through an exhibition, performances, and film screenings with an archival addition.

unspeakable home, enchanting companions brings together the works of Nur Koçak, Nil Yalter & Melis Tezkan, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Gökçe Yiğitel, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (in collaboration with Şevval Kılıç and Derin Cankaya), Deniz Gül, Gülkan Noir, Gözde İlkin, Tümay Göktepe and Ugemfo. The film program features resistayol (2016) by the trans*-feminist collective Kanka Productions, How to Save Asiye (1986) on the issues of women, gender and sexuality, an outstanding example of Turkish cinema in the post-Yeşilçam era directed by Atıf Yılmaz, and the documentary Voltrans (2014) directed by P. Ulaş Dutluand Özge Özgüner. Archivals including zines and books, documentation of organized festivals, workshops, happenings, and demonstrations pursue the hybrid productions of feminist and queer activism in Turkey as well as its influences and affections.

About the Baden Art Association

The Baden Art Association (Badischer Kunstverein) was founded in Karlsruhe in 1818, and is the second-oldest art association in Germany. It has actively presented and promoted contemporary art since the beginning of the 19th century through to the 21st century. The continuity of its programme and its professional work have earned the Baden Art Association a reputation in regional and international art circles and have substantially contributed to the cultural image of the city of Karlsruhe.

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