Hidden Cities | Istanbul (Turkey) | ITSLIQUID

Hidden Cities | Istanbul (Turkey)

Art | May 4, 2012 |

Hidden Cities | Istanbul (Turkey)

General Information.
Hidden Cities, an international videoart festival and photography exhibition, will be held in the magic city of  Istanbul. Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association, the venue of the event, will open its doors on Thursday, May 10th until Saturday, May 12th. Sixty-one artists, thirty-eight video artists and twenty-three photo artists from twenty-two different countries have been selected to be part of this project.

The selections has been based on the main concept of “Hidden Cities” that analyses the hybridization of physical and social identities in the contemporary cities.

Hidden Cities – The gossamer of precarious realities in contemporary metropolis
“It is a sociological and urban topic rather than an architectural one: hidden cities, without being hyperbolic, whether in negative terms, regarding their size, their population, their infrastructural problems, their tendency to criminality, or in positive terms, regarding  their dynamism, their variegated street life, the sheer originality of so much culture on any level, the intensity of their artistic production. Nevertheless this contest entitled Hidden Cities does not aim at confirming any of the standard images of any kind of metropolis in the world, not those of the multiplicity of guide books, not those of glossy photo albums, and not those of the authors of dirty realism or sociopolitical testimony.

Even if the Western tendency of city planning is marked by a new class segregation, urban renewal, massive housing projects, and highway building programs, historically shaped  cities which represent a crossing of ancient and modern cultures, are mirrored by spatial polarization of poverty increasingly sub-urbanized (which its especially migrants), but even displayed by more soft and intangible forms of alienation and marginalization challenging the issue of citizenship. Frequently hidden cities come into being because the gap between the complexity of spatial urban form and the complexity of social process and missing economic resources to keep up with progress contributes to social degradation, and isolates its residents definitely from society. Besides these factors mentioned above, the rapid increase of people living in cities is one of the most important global health issues of the 21st century.

Beyond a mere documentation, the basic idea lanced by the event is an international confrontation that should reflect the hidden realities urban dwellers are facing, and highlight the need for concerted action. Urban averages often mask hidden pockets of ill-health and overlooked populations. By unmasking hidden cities the most deprived populations can be identified and practical measures can be set to improve their precarious existence.

But hidden cities also host a magic treasure which has got lost in well designed anonymous sky scraper geometries.  The mechanism of uncontrolled and unpredictable situations, the struggle for life brings people together, unlocks their doors, orientating their look towards the neighbor or a casual passer-by, ready to talk, ready to smile. Hidden cities refer to those places that provide a slice of hidden urban life, where inhabitants enjoy their relationship with the city. It is not a matter if the city itself becomes a protagonist in photography or video art but how the city becomes a place for human lives and how those lives necessarily involve interaction with the dimensions, with the parameters, with the convolutions. Of course there is something like a real city. But that real city has no real meaning in and of itself. At this point, let us remember a quote by Julio Cortazar on the behalf of Buenos Aires: it is, like all the cities, a metaphor”. Elis Saint-Juste Gluckstein, 2012

.organizer: International ArtExpo
.curator: Luca Curci

.exhibition & screening place: Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association , Istanbul – Turkey
.dates: May 10–12, 2012

.opening: May 10, 2012 at Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association in Istanbul, Turkey at 5:30 pm

.media partner: It’s LIQUID Group (www.itsliquid.com)

.press Office: It’s LIQUID Group c/o Luca Curci Architects
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33 – 70122 Bari (Italy)
+39.0805234018 | +39.3387574098  
info@itsliquid.com | www.itsliquid.com

.video-artists
Francesco Acerbis . Italy | Alaleh Alamir . France | Cristina Amiran & Khalil Charif . Brazil | Kim Arrow . USA | Alfonso Arzapalo . Canada | Yuko Asai . Japan | Karin Bandelin . Germany | Hans Michael Bittner . Austria | Carolin Clausnitzer . Germany | Erin Coates . Australia | Fiona Davies . Australia | Embodied Creative . UK | Gerald Forster . USA | Daniele Lorenzo Fumagalli . Italy | Isabella Gresser . Germany | Seth Gutierrez . USA | Paul Handley . New Zealand | Chris Haydon . UK | Wei-Ming Ho . Taiwan | Jan Ijäs . Finland |  Nicolas Iordanou & Sylvia Nicolaides . Cyprus | Monica James & Sruti Visweswaran . India | Liam James . Australia | Lisamarie Johnson . Ireland | Elena La Ganga . Italy | Gabriele Liuba . Italy | Marineta Mak Kritikou . Greece | Michelle Mantsio . Australia | Andreas Mares . Austria | Eleanna Martinou . Greece | Michael Poetschko . Austria | Chantal Romani . Switzerland | Maria da Schio . Italy | Lueder Schruff . Germany | Albin Schutting . Austria | André Seddon Markwald . Brazil | Gregory Steel . USA | Unity Productions Foundation . USA | Yiotis Vrantzas . Greece

.photo-artists
EASTERN Design Office + Koichi Torimura . Japan | Fabian Freese . Germany | Wang Haiyuan . China | Jan Ijäs . Finland | Taiyo Jinno . Japan | Lisamarie Johnson . Ireland | Yael Kaplan . Israel | Oan Kyu . Italy | Eva Maria Lopez . Germany | Kate MacDonald . Canada | Andreas Mares . Austria | Esther Naor . Israel | Diana Nikolova . Bulgaria | Ge Orthof . Brazil | Tanya Preminger . Israel | Loredana Raciti . Italy | André Reinders . Germany | Paula Roush . UK | Maria da Schio . Italy | Nora Schoepfer . Austria | Preben Van der Straete . Belgium | Maciek Wojciechowski . UK | Sarah Younan . UK

International ArtExpo is a not for profit organization that provides a significant forum for cultural dialogue between all artists from different cultures and countries. We depend on the support of you. ArtExpo is grateful to all of the institutions, corporations, and individuals who support our efforts. We work with a number of national and international galleries as well as publishers, museums, curators and writers from all over the world. We help artists through solo and group exhibitions, gallery representation, magazine reviews and advertisements, press releases, internet promotion, as well as various curatorial projects.

more details
International ArtExpo
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33
70122 Bari (Italy)
+39.0805234018
+39.3387574098
lucacurci@lucacurci.com
www.lucacurci.com/artexpo

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


CALL FOR ARTISTS: CANVAS INTERNATIONAL…

Calls | January 27, 2022

CANVAS is an International Art Fair that will present collective and solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. The 2022 edition will represent a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between collectors, artists, photographers, designers and art professionals. The art fair features paintings, sculptures, photography art, installations, video art and live performance. Read more


ITSLIQUID PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Uncategorized | January 24, 2022

ITSLIQUID Group is a cultural hub dedicated to the organization of international art exhibitions, art fairs, competitions, and communication/marketing services in the fields of art, architecture and design. During the last 20 years, it has organized more than 250 events around the world, involving over 5.000 artists, in more than 60 international venues, making contemporary art accessible to all. Read more


ORUM RESIDENCE BY SPF: ARCHITECTS

Design | January 24, 2022

Perched atop a Bel Air hilltop, Orum is a three-level, 18,800-square-foot home designed to subtly 'float' above its environs. Given its prominent positioning above a relatively developed neighborhood, the motivation behind the design of the home was to create a residence that could meld into its surroundings while maximizing views. The three-story structure, which takes on the shape of a three-winged propeller, is wrapped in glass that mirrors its sweeping views of the Los Angeles Basin, unobstructed from the Getty Center to Long Beach, Century City, and Downtown. Read more


HUDSON YARDS “JOURNEY TO THE…

Architecture | January 23, 2022

The 1,131-foot-high, cantilevered, open-air observation deck at 30 Hudson Yards called “The Edge” is the highest outdoor sky deck in the western hemisphere. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!