THE PAVILION OF TURKEY TO PRESENT ÇIN BY CEVDET EREK AT THE 57TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
ÇIN, a new work by Cevdet Erek, will be presented in the Pavilion of Turkey at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia to be held from 13 May through 26 November 2017. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Pavilion of Turkey will be located at Sale d’Armi, Arsenale, in the main venue of the biennale.
The project frameworks of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia were announced at a press conference on Monday, 27 February 2017 at Salon İKSV with the participation of artist Cevdet Erek, İKSV General Director Görgün Taner and Corporate Communication Director of Tofaş Arzu Çolakoğlu on behalf of Fiat.
At the press conference, Cevdet Erek illustrated some methods and concepts that he has experimented with in his series of works since the end of the 2000s, such as Room of Rhythms, Rulers and Rhythms Studies and Sound Ornamentations among others, with sounds, images and drawings he made during his presentation.
ÇIN, a site-specific work for the Pavilion of Turkey at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, will be developed during the process and be shaped together with the venue. Cevdet Erek gave examples of the studies conducted for the preparation of the work ÇIN, shared through various media.
“Instead of trying to describe a project that is meant to be experienced on-site, and is still in the phase of formation, I propose to imagine a scene together as an exercise: There is a fenced ruin in the distance with a guard inside of it who should not leave during the day. The guard, while walking in silence, notices a visitor who carefully peeks around and the concert of thousands of crickets thanks to the visitor. This duo, who try to talk to each other at a distance, briefly cry out at the same time from the ear pain caused by a violent noise that occurs out of the blue. Then, at night, in another place as the officer tries to suppress the ringing in her ears by opening the window two fingerbreadths and the noise a notch, enters an alarm sound: ‘viyuviyuviyuviyu’. Then she tries to imagine again in the same order by going back to the beginning.”
Cevdet Erek, who told various anecdotes about the working process in Istanbul and accompanying short trips, introduced the core project team and stated that the project would allow for new participants and collaborations. The project team includes project coordinator and memory Yelin Bilgin, architect and a soft tone Gürden Gür, architect and smiling face Elif Tunçel, art historian and sibling Ayşe Erek and visual identity designer Yetkin Başarır. A new publication accompanies the exhibition and will be available at the launch of the Pavilion of Turkey at the biennale.