Protocinema presents Of Our Own Making, a series of single channel videos by artists from Istanbul and nearby cities: Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (Palestine), Ahmet Öğüt (Turkey); Hera Büyüktaşcıyan (Turkey); Vajiko Chachkhiani (Georgia); Lara Ögel (Turkey); Hale Tenger (Turkey); and Theo Triantafyllidis (Greece). Projected at, and in partnership with RAMPA on Saturday, June 22, these artists reflect voices and concerns of their regions as well as offering empathy towards shared universal experiences.
Of Our Own Making highlights themes of constraints of constructed urban life and psychological impacts of societal developments - ancient, historical and forthcoming - from multiple perspectives. Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Lara Ögel, and Hale Tenger utilize folktales, history and story-telling in contemporary narratives to address aspects of societies that may have changed yet remain the same in a different guise. Theo Triantafyllidis’ video is a recording of a VR (Virtual Reality) live performance, which carries ideas of how images and ideas had been created in the past, while fully in the future-present. Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Ahmet Öğüt work with specific individuals and recent events to speak out against policies in place by governing bodies that are unequivocally unjust. Specifically, Abbas and Abou-Rahme, have created avatars based on themselves and participants of the “March of Return” that took place on the Gaza border and Öğüt works with city policemen in Mexico who have been denied safety and healthcare.
The program is co-organized by Protocinema’s Executive Director, Mari Spirito, in collaboration with Asli Seven, an independent curator and researcher based in Istanbul and Paris. Featured artists have received or are currently working on future Site-aware commissions, Protocinema’s international program. These artists share a dynamic affinity and are committed to raising consciousness on a range of issues often using personal narratives to interrogate socio-political and racial constructs.
Protocinema Summer Screening Tour Venues throughout Summer 2019:
Furthering our mission to engage cross-cultural dialogue, Protocinema Summer Screening Tour premieres at Protocinema (Istanbul, Turkey) at Kundura Sinema, Beykoz and is followed by six tour venues across four regions:
Rampa (Porto, Portugal); Sculpture Center (Long Island City, New York;) Cinémathèque de Tangier (Tangier, Morocco); The Museum of Cycladic Art (Athens, Greece); sub, (Çanakkale, Turkey), Teatro Union (Honda, Colombia).
PROTOCINEMA VIDEO PROGRAM:
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme 10:00 min.
At those terrifying frontiers where the existence and disappearance of people fade into each other, 2019
Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, 10:10 min.
Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky, 2019
Vajiko Chachkhiani, 10:07 min
Shivering Heart, 2018
Lara Ögel, 5;20 min (estimated)
Dream Lives of Debris ,2019
Ahmet Öğüt, 10:04 min
The Missing T, 2018
Hale Tenger, 2:31 min.
Theo Triantafyllidis, 11:49 min.
Studio Visit 09: Painting Preview, 2018
Special Thanks to: AKI AORA Residency, Mexico; Alserkal Art Foundation, Dubai; The Breeder, Athens; Green Art Gallery, Dubai; KOW Gallery, Berlin; Meredith Rosen, New York; Galeri Nev, Istanbul; Daniel Marzone, Berlin; SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo; YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Baku.
Protocinema commissions and presents Site-Aware Art around the world. We produce context-specific projects of the highest artistic quality that are accessible to everyone. Protocinema evokes empathy towards understanding of difference, across regions though exhibitions, public programing and mentorship. Founded by Mari Spirito in 2011, Protocinema is a non-profit 501(c)3, free of 'brick and mortar', sites vary to respond both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground.