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Armenian Artist to Represent Turkey at 2015 Venice Contemporary Art Exhibit


ISTANBUL (Today’s Zaman)—Turkish-Armenian artist Sarkis, a globally prominent figure in , will be presenting a new installation that delves into the genealogies of cultures, beliefs and histories at this year’s Venice Biennale, the curator of the exhibition, Defne Ayas, announced Tuesday.Titled “Respiro,” the installation will be the sole work at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, curated by Okwui Enwezor and scheduled for May 9 through Nov. 22.
Emphasizing the importance of 2015 at a news conference on Tuesday in Istanbul, Ayas stated that it is a great pleasure to work with Sarkis.
“He is designing the pavilion like a theater stage: objects, images, ideas and codes are coming together. We will be seeing how his perfectionist talisman is taking us through the intuition, irrational, supraliminal and post-logic in the architectural design as well,” Ayas, who is the director and curator at the Witte de With Center for contemporary art in Rotterdam, said.
“Few artists have combined artistic ingenuity with such a subtle critique of history as deftly as Sarkis. This undertaking opens up a space in which the potential of art will be reanimated. Against the current landscape of deep uncertainties, it is our intention to unfurl a proposition that reveals Sarkis’s profound concern for humanity. With and through his intense and perfectionist oeuvre — especially with his magnum opus in the making — and thanks to his rich arsenal of visual, architectural, and musical apparatus, we will be able to tune into hidden signals and frames encrypted in mediated images and visions; dig deeper into our contemporary lived experience; most likely hurt but also hopefully heal. The focus is the transformative power of art, as well as timelessness and the timeliness of his oeuvre,” Ayas added.


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