|Pi: Housewarming - Panel Discussion - London 15 October|
17:30, Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Mehmet Ali Uysal, Nezaket Ekici and Volkan Aslan
in conversation with Stephanie Bailey at Pi Artworks London
Location: 55 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EF
Exhibition runs 15 October - 7 December 2013
Private View: Tuesday, October 15th, 17:00-21:00
Marking its first foray onto the London art scene, pioneering Turkish gallery Pi Artworks is proud to announce Pi: Housewarming, its inaugural exhibition in the British capital and a group show of works by seven of the gallery's top artists.
Located on 55 Eastcastle Street, in the heart of London's bustling Fitzrovia district, the exhibition will act as a sneak peek of the gallery's programme for the upcoming year and will feature works by both established and emerging Turkish and international artists, including Volkan Aslan, Nezaket Ekici, Susan Hefuna, Horasan, Nejat Sati, Gulay Semercioglu and Mehmet Ali Uysal.
To mark its opening, art critic and writer Stephanie Bailey will moderate a panel discussion with exhibiting artists Mehmet Ali Uysal, Nezaket Ekici and Volkan Aslan, discussing their works and allowing for an intimate introduction to their artistic practice.
Pi Artworks is one of Istanbul's foremost Contemporary art galleries. Established in 1998 by Yesim Turanli, it is currently located in the famous Misir Apartmani in Galatasaray, Beyoglu and is responsible in large for the establishment of Turkish artists on the international art circuit.
Mehmet Ali Uysal, Nezaket Ekici and Volkan Aslan will be present for the opening and available for interview from 11-18 October.
For artist interviews or commentary from Pi Artworks Founder and Director Yesim Turanli, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
Pi Artworks was founded by Yesim Turanli in 1998 in Istanbul and for the past 15 years, has been introducing Turkish and international artists to the primary market. Since its founding, Pi Artworks has been committed to showcasing the best of Contemporary Turkish and international art to Istanbul's growing art scene, alongside providing an international platform for its roster of artists to showcase their work. The gallery is located in the famous historical Misir Apartment in Istanbul and in October 2013 Pi Artworks London will open on 55 Eastcastle Street, in the heart of London's bustling Fitzrovia.
Working in a range of media, Volkan Aslan's (1982, Ankara) interdisciplinary and inter-medial approach results in a poetic yet political oeuvre. Balancing aesthetics and concept, Aslan also reviews strategies used in the context of art or investigates the relationship between personal and social history. Early in his career, he ironically yet critically investigated structures within the art system in Turkey. Studying at the Mersin University Faculty of Fine Arts, Aslan graduated with an MA from Cukurova University in 2005. Recent solo exhibitions in Istanbul include Don't Forget to Remember at Arter (2013), Volkan at Macka Art Gallery (2011) and Unstable Repetition at Pi Artworks (2011). Group exhibitions have ranged as far and wide as Turkey, Morocco, Lebanon, the UAE, the USA, Germany, France and Brazil and he is currently taking part in the 2013 Istanbul Biennial.
Nezaket Ekici (1970, Kirsehir) studied under Marina Abramovic at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Braunschweig, from where she received her Degree in Fine Arts (2001-2003) and MFA Degree (2004) respectively. Prior to this, she studied sculpture ath the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich (1996-2000) and received an MA in Art Pedagogy and Art History in 2000 from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat in Munich. Select solo exhibitions include Islamic Chapel at the Stadtische Galerie, Ostfildern Germany and Personal Map, to be continued… in cooperation with Marta Herford, De Bond, Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Belgium (both in 2013). Ekici is the recipient of numerous awards, including project grants from the Goethe Institut in Ghana (2012), Thessaloniki (2011) and Tbilissi (2009). Her work can be found in both public and private collections, including the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada and the Koc Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul.
Mehmet Ali Uysal
Originally studying architecture in the mid to late 1990s, Mehmet Ali Uysal (1976) received his PhD from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Hacettepe University in 2009, and received his MFA in 2005 at the same institution in Sculpture. Solo exhibitions include Peel at the Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul (2012), Malist at Q Contemporary, Beirut (2011) and Mist at Etemad Gallery, Dubai (2011). Group exhibitions and art fair participation includes Art Hong Kong Basel (2013), Eyeballing at the Ankara Contemporary Arts Center (2012) and Figure Out (2012) at Art Saw, Dubai, as well as Trade Routes at Pi Artworks Istanbul (2011). Speaking presentations have included the International Days of Philosophy (2009), during which Uysal presented 'Can 9/11 Be An Artwork', under the theme of 'Rebellion'. Other projects include Kaleidoscope Europe, Ankara, Lisbon (2009) and BAUHAUS IMPACT, Ankara, Weimar (2009) as well as the XVIIth International Congress of Aesthetics (2007). Uysal currently has a solo show at the Starke Foundation in Berlin, running until the end of October 2013.
Stephanie Bailey has an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, a BA in Classical Civilisation with English Literature from King's College (both University of London), and a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from Camberwell College of Art (University of the Arts London). Between 2006 and 2012, she lived in Athens, Greece, where she played a formative role in designing and managing the BTEC-accredited Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Doukas Education while concurrently writing on contemporary art production and its discourses from around the world as Art and Culture Editor of Insider Publications and as a freelance critic and essayist. Currently on the editorial committee for Naked Punch and a correspondent for Ocula.com, her writing has appeared in publications including ART PAPERS, ARTnews, Artforum, LEAP,Modern Painters, Notes on Metamodernism, Whitewall and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.
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