Private view: Wednesday 28 February, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
In Via Incognita, 2017, digital print on tulle, barder wire, Edition 1 of 1,
Pi Artworks London are pleased to present a new
exhibition of work by New York and Istanbul based artist Ipek Duben. Duben has
worked for over 30 years as a multi-media artist, focussing on documentary
images which address individual subjectivities. in via incognita
brings together sculptural art books and wall pieces based on documentary
material that looks head on at one of the issues that is most pressing in our
lives today and has been for centuries global migration. It will be Dubens
first major show of works in London since the early 1980s.
two art books; Farewell My Homeland, first shown in New York in 2006 as
a multimedia installation and No Name (2017).
reflects on forced migration at the time of crossing borders, meanwhile in No
Name the focus is now on a deep sense of loss and burn out memories.
of people have migrated over the ages. The 20th century was 100
years of forced migration and displacement all over the world and the 21st
century has now become one. Farewell My Homeland is in memory of those who had
to leave their homes behind forever. - Ipek Duben, 2018.
exhibition the two books will be shown surrounded by a large scale new wall
work in via incognita (2017), a frieze of images that will circle round
the gallery. The frieze can be likened to a film strip; a cinematic view
from the time of the Balkan Wars of 1912 to the present da; journeys of
thousands of migrants lost on land and at sea around the world. This 12.5 metre
long display of images are framed by barbed wire, trapping those featured
new pieces Untitled Portraits (2017) show small silk screen prints of
individual portraits of the refugees with their names hand crocheted by Duben
on each one. Seven further framed silk screens from a series the artist
has created with imagery from Kosovo in 1999, taken from sources such as the New
York Times, will sit alongside the new works.
multimedia installations, paintings, art books and videos, Duben has focused on
memory, identity, gender, prejudice, and migration. All Dubens works are
interactive; pushing the viewer to the psychological limit and requiring their
born in 1941. Recent solo exhibitions include LOVEGAME, Merdiven
Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey (2017); THEY/ONLAR video installation,
Fabrica, Brighton, (2017) and the Brighton Festival (2017); THEY/ONLAR),
Salt Galata, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); 2012 Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul
solo exhibitions she has participated in Evliyagil Museum, Ankara, Turkey
(2017); the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); Poetry and Exile: British Museum
(2014); 3rd European International Book Art Biennale, Moscow (2014); The Fourth
and Fifth Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Biennale for the Artists book
(2010, 2004); Istanbul Modern (2009,2011); The National Museum of Women in the
Arts (Washington D.C. 2010); King St. Stephen Museum, (Hungary 2013,2006); The
Fifth Sharjah International Arts Biennial (2001);
include: Istanbul Modern, British Museum, Wien Museum as part of Karamustapha
Export-Import, King St. Stephen Museum, The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Koç
and Zorlu Foundations.
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