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Istanbul Modern is a refreshing alternative museum of contemporary art in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. Located on the Bosphorus in a converted warehouse in the Tophane neighborhood, is the first of its kind in Turkey. Founded in 2004 and housing a decent collection from both Turkish and international artists, Istanbul’s largest contemporary art museum is the first of its kind in the city and is well worth a visit.

A number of temporary exhibits and permanent installations are situated downstairs. There is also a Photography gallery, Cinema hall, Video Art area and New Media Art area.


   
 
 

As part of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture events, Istanbul Modern presents the most comprehensive exhibition by Hussein Chalayan, one of the leading names of contemporary art and fashion. A joint effort of the ?stanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters’ Associations (ITKIB), the 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency, Istambul Fashion Week 2010 Istambul Fashion Academy (IMA), Istanbul Modern and the Design Museum, London, the exhibition “Hussein Chalayan: 1994-2010”, which comprises a selection of works that the designer created over the last 16 years, will be at ?stanbul Modern between 15 July and 24 October 2010.

Previously presented at the Design Museum, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, the touring exhibition curated by Donna Loveday brings together fashion collections, installations and films produced by Hussein Chalayan between the years 1994 and 2010. Inspired by architecture, philosophy, science, history, anthropology, biology and technology, these works reflect Chalayan’s views on a range of themes including genetics, technological progress, displacement, migration and cultural identity.

Chalayan uses clothing as a site of exploration, to express concepts and make them accessible to a wider audience. He experiments with new materials and techniques. His garments are imbued with the thought processes behind them.

Presenting fashion as an area for exploration, where concepts find an expression, Hussein Chalayan challenges the preconceived notions about the meaning of clothing. Inspired by ideas drawn from disciplines not readily associated with fashion, and motivated by the political, social and economic realities of today, he creates designs that explore his conceptual ideas, with a philosophical approach.

Most of the issues Chalayan examines in his works derive from his personal history, his cultural identity, and his experience of living and working in London. As he moved between two very different cultures in Cyprus and Britain during his youth, he is interested in cultural identity, nation-states, relocation, displacement and disembodiment.

In After Words, Hussein Chalayan questions “how a constant state of mobility could affect memory and our attachment to domestic things”. Taking his inspiration from the events in Cyprus when Turks and Greeks were divided on the island in 1974, he explores the idea of how people, when confronted by such an ordeal, want to hide their possessions or to carry them on departure. Therefore he creates “wearable, mobile architecture” where suitcases are disguised as chair covers and a table transforms into a skirt.

In Temporal Meditations, Chalayan uses genetic anthropology as a key to determining the ethnic migration across space and time. Thus, he shows a potential connection between the past and present, by tracing the historical migratory routes which have formed his homeland Cyprus.

Having represented Turkey at the 51st Venice Biennale held in 2005, the Absent Presence, a short film starring the actress Tilda Swinton, is a direct response to harsh regulations on immigration. Based on the connection between the geographical environment and DNA structure, Chalayan proposes a scenario in which institutions can screen individuals based on their genetic make-up examining the neurosis and paranoia surrounding the issue of terrorism. And in Genometrics, Chalayan uses a digital mapping technique to programme garments in accordance with an individual’s DNA sequence.

In Manifest Destiny, Chalayan reflects the physical and psychological results of Western expansionism via the elimination of “disgust”. In One Hundred and Eleven, he documents the evolution of fashion within the past century, illustrating that the body and technological production are more similar than they seem. The Aeroplane Dress also makes a direct reference to the aerial ‘Operation Desert Fox’ attacks on Iraq in 1998.

Expressing his ideas through the body, seeing it as the centre of everything we do and describing this as the ‘externalization of the body’, Chalayan tries to show that the body is a political projection as well as a physical one. Drawing a parallel between the body and architecture, the way we create buildings and vehicles, he tries to put back onto the body the things that are amplified from it, creating a micro-geography with the body.

The exhibition also showcases a monumental video dress consisting of more than 15 hundred LEDS combined with glaring crystal displays. Integrating LED technology to garment design, the dress that won the Design Museum’s 2008 ‘Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Award’ is part of the collection entitled Airborne, which employs the changing of the seasons as a metaphor to explore the life cycle of all living things going between life and death. The exhibited works also include Readings, which deals with the human obsession of celebrity culture to symbolise a modern sense of sun worship through garments covered with more than 200 moving lasers.

Istanbul Modern is the first privately-funded museum in Turkey organizing exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and it offers an extensive membership program, that provides opportunities for privileged participation in all Museum activities: Student, Individual, Family, Silver and Gold.


More Info: http://www.istanbulmodern.org

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