Maybe, We Will Benefit from Our Neighbour’s Good Fortune

Opening on Thursday, September 14th at 18.00, the exhibition will bring together Istanbul based art collectives dadans, HAH and Pelesiyer, who are producing new works for this exhibition. Additionally, artıkişler (video art collective), birbuçuk (arts and ecology collective) and Istanbul Permaculture Collective will present a programme of parallel activities as part of the exhibition. 

The exhibition is an extension of an academic collaboration between Brighton University, UK and Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. The academic part of the project is called “Aesthetics of Protest”, focusing on artistic production, political protests and the relationship between them. 

Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, the exhibition brings together collectives that incorporate cooking, eating, cultivating, and ecology in their work and investigates if such collective producing, which also generate the idea of neighbourhood, can be considered as alternative ways to protest. 

The exhibition presents examples of collective producing and consuming in arts, gastronomy and ecology as opposed to individualism, thus aiming to utilize the exhibition space as a meeting point to create dialogue with the locals. In this concept, the parallel activity programme will include various workshops on gardening and cooking. Additionaly, dadans collective will present a performance at the opening of the exhibition, on Thursday, 14 September.

The title of the exhibition comes from an old idiom in Turkish language which means one can benefit from the achievements and the abundance of the neighbours around. Referring to this idiom, the exhibition questions the traditional meanings of being a neighbour and the current dynamics of solidarity and invites the audience to be a part of an alternative model of communication and expression. 

Curated by Işıl Eğrikavuk and coordinated by Jozef E. Amado, the parallel activity programme will include the following:
14 September Thursday @ 19.00: Performance titled "Playing House" | dadans Collective 
16 September Saturday: Sourdough Bread Making Workshop with Murat Demirtaş | Istanbul Permaculture Collective
23 September Saturday: Garden at Home Workshop with Dilek Yalçın Demiralp | Istanbul Permaculture Collective
7 October Saturday: Video Screening and talk - “The Waste of Istanbul" | artıkişler Collective
14 October Saturday: Conversation titled "Common Ground: FOOD" | birbuçuk Collective

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