Misal Adnan Yıldız discusses BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS

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Misal Adnan Yıldız discusses BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS

Marysia Lewandowska, Partial Disclosure, 2008, a selection from “Women’s Audio Archive” (1984 – 1990). As shown in the exhibition Marysia Lewandowska: RE-NEGOTIATION, Artspace NZ, 2015. Photo: Sam Hartnett

Saturday 3 December, 2pm

Misal Adnan Yıldız in conversation with Stephen Cleland
Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi

Please join us for the final public programme event of 2016 featuring Misal Adnan Yıldız, current Director of Artspace NZ.

Against the backdrop of Ruth Buchanan’s exhibition BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, Yıldız will review selected projects he has undertaken at Artspace in Auckland to address how we think about exhibitions, not only as forms of mediation but also as events with potential agency. By recalling an exhibition’s vocabulary, its grammar, timing, spatial organisation, strategies for audience engagement, and its relationship to everyday life, Yildiz will consider how projects are brought together but also how they can stay with us in time.

Curating is ‘business as usual’ in terms of putting together an exhibition, organising a commission, programming a screening series, et cetera. ‘The curatorial’ goes further, implying a methodology that takes art as its starting point but then situates it in relation to specific contexts, times, and questions in order to challenge the status quo. And it does so from various positions, such as that of a curator, an editor, an educator, a communications person, and so on. This means that the curatorial can be employed, or performed, by people in a number of different capacities within the ecosystem of art. For me there is a qualitative difference between curating and the curatorial. The latter, like Chantal Mouffe’s notion of the political in relation to politics, carries a potential for change.

—Maria Lind in conversation with Jens Hoffman, To show or not to show
Misal Adnan Yıldız has been the Director of Artspace Auckland since November 2014. Previously, he was the Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2011-14); a curatorial collaborator with Fulya Erdemci for the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); and curated A History of Inspiration for Nouvelle Vagues, the 2013 Summer programme at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He has worked with a number of artists on solo exhibitions, including Slavs and Tatars, Cevdet Erek, Marysia Lewandowska, Sabelo Mlangeni, Fiona Clark, and Hito Steyerl among others. He was shortlisted for ICI Vision Award in 2012 and shared the Curate Award 2014 (Fondazione Prada & Qatar Museum) with two others.


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