Artist Talk
Taner Ceylan & Tarkan Okçuoğlu

Talk

March 6, 2024 / 18:30

Pera Museum presents a talk by artist Taner Ceylan and art historian Tarkan Okçuoğlu as part of the exhibition Souvenirs of the Future!

Based on Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection, Souvenirs of the Future brings together contemporary works, many of which are inspired by the collection. The talk organized as part of the exhibition, will closely examine Taner Ceylan's works titled Wall (2018) and Archeology (2023) from an art historical perspective. 

The painting titled Wall depicts in detail a dilapidated wall in the courtyard of Rüstem Pasha Mosque, a building dating back to the 16th century designed by Mimar Sinan. Covered with tiles that have been broken down over the years and irregularly reassembled, the wall represents a structure in which Ceylan sees harmony in disharmony. Archaeology addresses a fictional chain of relationships set in the Tanzimat Era. The painting reflects the different layers of the modernisation process of the Ottoman Empire, which is characterized by the tension of dichotomies such as traditional and modern, West and East, slave and master. Based on these two works, the speakers will focus on their relationship with Ottoman painting, the historicity of the motifs, and the connections between the contemporary and the traditional.

The event taking place at Pera Museum Auditorium is free of charge and does not require reservation. The event will be held in Turkish.

About Taner Ceylan
was born in Germany in 1967. He graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul in 1991. That same year, Ceylan presented his first group show and first solo exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany. His seminal exhibition and performance Monte Carlo Style, debuted in 1995, made a significant impact on the Turkish art scene. Ceylan worked as a lecturer at the Fine Arts Faculty of Yeditepe University (2001- 2003) and was editor in chief of Time Out Istanbul’s art section (2001-2006). The international exhibitions and biennials he participated include: include; Istanbul Biennial (8th, 9th, 14th), Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Istanbul Next Wave, Martin-Gropius- Bau (Berlin), Museum Bojman Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (Vermont), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Torino), Church of San Domenico (Alba, Torino) and The Piedmont Pavillion at the 58th Venice Biennial, curated by Marianna Vecellio-Concept by Carolyn Christov Bakargiev in Combo Venice, and Kistefos Museum (Norway).

About Tarkan Okçuoğlu
born in Istanbul in 1968. He graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1987 and completed a degree in Archeology and Art History from the Literature Faculty at Istanbul University in 1992. In 1995, Okçuoğlu completed his Post-Graduate at the same institution before receiving his doctorate in 2000 with a thesis titled “Understandings of Representation in 18th and 19th Century Ottoman Wall Paintings”. In 2012, he received the title of Associate Professor in Turkish and Islamic Art, and in 2019, he became Professor. In addition to his role at the Faculty of Literature Faculty at Istanbul University, he has given art history lectures at Galatasaray High School, Galatasaray University and Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. His work primarily focused on culture and architecture during the late Ottoman period. In 2020, he published Between Dream and Reality-The Image of Istanbul in Ottoman Painting. He continues to serve as Head of the Department of Turkish and Islamic Art within the Faculty of Art History at Istanbul University. He is also on the Board at the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT).

Temporary Exhibition

Souvenirs of the Future

The exhibition focuses on the memories recalled through objects whilst exploring the connections between memory and future imaginings through a contemporary lens. The cultural and symbolic value and significance of objects taken as souvenirs, those that remind us of a certain place and time, or those that are collected, weave together personal journeys and the memory of the region. Instead of a nostalgic attachment to the past, it proposes contemplating how the future will be remembered and focuses on memory's future-oriented functions.

Souvenirs of the Future

At The Well

At The Well

Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz discovered the Orient in 1877, touring Syria, Egypt, Turkey, and the Crimea with Władysław Branicki. This experience made a profound impression on him, and he was to continuously revisit Eastern themes in his works for the rest of his life. 

Kozbekçi Mustafa Ağa

Kozbekçi Mustafa Ağa

When Karl XII of Sweden was defeated by Tsar Peter the Great of Russia in 1709, he fled to the Ottoman Empire and settled in Bender with his entourage for five years.

Good News from the Skies

Good News from the Skies

Inspired by the exhibition And Now the Good News, which focusing on the relationship between mass media and art, we prepared horoscope readings based on the chapters of the exhibition. Using the popular astrological language inspired by the effects of the movements of celestial bodies on people, these readings with references to the works in the exhibition make fictional future predictions inspired by the horoscope columns that we read in the newspapers with the desire to receive good news about our day.