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Şükran Moral

18 May 2014, 11:00 - 31 August 2014, 18:00
Opening: 18 May 2014, 11:00
Presstalk: 15 May 2014, 11:00

Sükran Moral, an artist who works in performance, tableaux vivants, sculptures, and photos, is a seminal figure in recent history of contemporary art in Turkey. Her works trace the boundaries of gender roles and power structures. She places performance at the center of her artistic practice, at times documenting performances, at times transforming performances into objects and installations. She provokes, challenging taboos, traditions, structures of hierarchy—socially, culturally and politically—, as well as art historical frameworks. Her process involves getting acquainted with the “other” by immersing herself in their reality and physical space. She has transformed a large number of places, ranging from brothels and Turkish baths to mental hospitals and museums, into platforms for performances. These heterotopias were exhibited for example as installation of the Istanbul Biennial of 1997. Moral creates extreme situations, in which social norms are subverted and the suppressed is allowed to emerge. In the artist’s words, “Provocation and criticism are my artistic stance.”


Sükran Moral (1962, Terme/Samsun, Turkey) lives and works between Istanbul and Rome. Famous on the international scene for over ten years, she is one of the more interesting contemporary artists. In the ‘80s and ‘90s she has written poems and has worked as a journalist and critic of art in Turkey. In 1989 she moved to Italy and in 1995 she graduated from painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (2012); Royal College of Arts, London, UK (2012); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2012); Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey (2010); Santral Istanbul Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2007); 51st Venice Biennial, Italy (2007); 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (1997).

Sükran Moral is represented by Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul.


Curator: Claudia Giannetti


The exhibition is being accompanied by a catalogue.


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