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PƎRⱯ Reverse

Exercises in Spaces and Texts

May 23 - August 18, 2024

Pera Museum presents the exhibition PƎR Reverse* in collaboration with Bauhaus-Universität Weimar’s "Practices and Politics of Representation" class, led by Prof. Mona Mahall with Yelta Köm, and Hochschule für Künste Bremen’s "Temporary Spaces" class of Prof. Aslı Serbest. The exhibition brings together multiple perspectives on current art spaces and their urban neighborhoods in Istanbul, moving between high and popular cultures. Departing from two paintings in the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation’s Orientalist Painting Collection, they explore global capitalist relations and localized cultural practices in art, as well as the role of architecture in both establishing and revealing the ways in which institutions mediate and operate in relation to their urban environments in a place and time. 

PƎRⱯ Reverse consists of three parts, entitled ‘Globals’, ‘Steps’, and ‘Speculations’. In “Globals”, adaptations of light signs, pools, a Guzmania plant, and the smell of detergent, mimic and expose the global city as a ruin, while the low-hanging chandelier borrowed from the Pera Museum’s Art Deco café emphasizes the institution’s glamorous fragility. “Steps” comprise the trauma that comes with the reality of representation, which fails to enact the world, or in this case, the complex and fragmented urban topography of the Pera area, full of different stairs and ramps. They make seem absurd the universalist dream of form and norm promoted by Bauhaus modernism in particular and a Westernized modernity in general, with its linear concepts of progress, the nation-state, and the rigid politics of physical and metaphysical borders. “Speculations” comment on the increasingly abstract and transnational processes of global economic, political, and aesthetic speculation and valuation that perform violence differently –through ongoing operations of unequal exchange. By exploring the local non-profit art spaces and engaging cultural workers and visitors in a public program, the exhibition speculates on alternative values.

* PƎR Reverse propose themselves as an institution, that is, in a process of self-instituting a set of shared practices, to explore the role of (cultural) institutions in different places in a world that is both increasingly connected and fractured. They bring together a shifting group of artists, architects, and researchers from Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Tehran, Hong Kong, Osaka, Berlin, Bremen, Weimar, and other German cities.

Contributors
Anıl Aydınoğlu, Arın Aydın, Aslı Serbest, Ayça Tuğran, Çisel Karacebe, Celal Orkun Gözübüyük, Dorian Beer, Elizaveta Boucke, Elif İmre Bilgin, Helen Christina Hümmer, Iben Schneider, Jolina Mix, Çisel Karacebe, Jisu Kim, Kitman Yeung, Leonie Link, Mona Mahall, Negar Rahname, Talia Ölker, Yelta Köm, Yuhe Lin 

Image Credits

Collective Work
Fragments from Contact Zines

Leonie Link
Porous Borders Bordüre

Ayça Tuğran
Ethnic Set

Collective Work
Fragments from Contact Zines

Leonie Link
Porous Borders Bordüre

 

Pera Learning

From Pera to Beyond: Workshops for Adults

Parallel to PƎRⱯ Reverse, the program offers fun, creative, and inspiring exhibition tours and workshops for adults of all ages.

Paris Without End (1959-1965)

Paris Without End (1959-1965)

In the 60s, Alberto Giacometti paid homage to Paris, the city where he lived, by drawing its streets, cafés, and more private places like his studio and the apartment of his wife, Annette. These drawings would make up his last book, Paris sans fin (Paris Without End). 

Midnight Stories: The Red Button <br> Funda Özlem Şeran

Midnight Stories: The Red Button
Funda Özlem Şeran

It was a quiet night in the dessert. Even the mice weren’t around. A few LEDs blinked in the dark, and the sound of a fan filled the infinite void. The conversation cutting the silence seemed to go nowhere.

Explore the Museum with the Little Yellow Circle!

Explore the Museum with the Little Yellow Circle!

Published as part of Pera Learning programs, “The Little Yellow Circle (Küçük Sarı Daire)” is a children’s book written by Tania Bahar and illustrated by Marina Rico, offering children and adults to a novel learning experience where they can share and discover together.