East and West: Visualising the Ottoman City
Artists: Aikaterini Gegisian, Leslie Hakim-Dowek, and Paris Petridis
Venue: Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, UK
Exhibition runs: 6 June to 30 June 2014
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm and Sat 9am-5pm
Private View: 6 June 2014 6-9pm
6 June 6-9pm: Performance by Alev Adil
20 June 6-9pm: Artist Talks and Roundtable Discussion with Shoair Mavlian (Tate Modern) and Reem Akl (Arab Image Foundation) – Chair: Jay Prosser
26 June 7-9pm: Roundtable with Ruba Asfani (British Arab Centre); Bea Lewkowicz (Sephardi Voices) and Nouritza Matossian (Armenian Institute) – Chair: Gabriel Koureas
As the main impact event of the AHRC conference project Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories, this exhibition brings together three contemporary artists using lens-based media, focusing on the representations of the Ottoman City: Aikaterini Gegisian, Leslie Hakim-Dowek and Paris Petridis. Leslie Hakim-Dowek is also the curator of the exhibition.
In this exhibition, at the intersection of personal and history, the artists focus on Ottoman cities bridging East and West, past and present. Through various approaches including documentary photography or archival-based practice, some works focus on the legacies of and transitions from the Ottoman Empire and its multiple histories of Diaspora and erasure. Other works look at the transformations and forgotten sites of Ottoman cities articulated through post and transcultural memories.
For a Photomonitor review of the exhibition (written by Katy Barron), click here.
For Aikaterini Gegisian’s exhibition page, click here.
For Leslie Hakim-Dowek’s exhibition page, click here.
For Paris Petridis’s exhibition page, click here.
For Alev Adil’s performance details, click here.