ConcreteTophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul29 August – 26 September 2015Curator: Geraldine BarlowCoordinating curator: Samantha Comte
MUMA’s 2014 exhibition Concrete was as a reflection upon memory, loss, destruction and trauma. The exhibition was structured to relate to the centenary of World War I, as one of a number of cycles of time, with works referring to WWI memorials, Guernica, and the commemoration of both ancient and more recent battles and conflicts. The exhibition featured 16 artists, eight international and eight Australian, and was well received, with strong attendances across arts and education audiences.
MUMA presented a new reiteration of Concrete as a key event in the cultural festival associated with the 2015 Year of Australia in Turkey, developed by the Federal Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and timed to coincide with the opening of the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.
The exhibition was augmented with artworks by Turkish artists grounding the exhibition within the Turkish context. MUMA established a partnership with Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University to present the exhibition in the University’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center. The exhibition was accompanied by a new catalogue by Geraldine Barlow. It was opened by x and attracted 1791 attendees.
MUMA received Australia Council, Creative Victoria, Asialink and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funding to present this new version of Concrete in Istanbul.