ART AS RITUAL
September 14, Saturday, 5 pm
Speakers: Nazlı Gürlek & Domingo Milella
Moderator: Tara Londi
On an excursion to the very first cave drawings in France and Spain, and forward million of years to Catalhoyuk's ritual paintings, that influence the artistic thoughts of Domingo Milella and Nazli Gurlek respectively. In the context of GAIA HAS 1000 NAMES exhibition at Elgiz Museum.
September 13 - October 12
Artists: Domingo Milella, Elsa Sahal, Gözde İlkin, Jesse Jones, Marion Verboom, Nan Goldin, Nazlı Gürlek, Romana Londi, Sarah Morris, Tracey Emin
16th Istanbul Biennial "The Seventh
Continent, Art In The Anthropocene" collateral event
March 21 - November 22, 2020
Evliyagil Museum, Ankara
Vernissage: 21 March 2020, Saturday 18:30
Curator: Can Akgümüş
“Crystal Chateau” is a group show featuring works by 58 artists from the Evliyagil collection and outside of it, around the concept of memory.
Artists: Alper Aydın, Ayça Telgeren, Aykut Öz, Bahar Yürükoğlu, Barış Sarıbaş, Bedri Baykam, Begüm Yamanlar, Bengü Karaduman, Bestami Gerekli, Burcu Perçin, Burcu Yağcıoğlu, Can Akgümüş, Can Aytekin, Can Küçük, Cemil Batur Gökçeer, Çınar Eslek, Deniz Aktaş, Eda Aslan, Ege Kanar, Emre Yenisoy, Erdal Duman, Erol Akyavaş, Erol Eskici, Fırat Engin, Görkem Ergün, Gülhatun Yıldırım, Haluk Akakçe, Hermann Nitsch, İbrahim Karakütük, İhsan Oturmak, Kazım Şimşek, Mehtap Baydu, Metehan Özcan, Metehan Törer, Murat Morova, Nazlı Gürlek, Necla Rüzgar, Nejad Devrim, Osman Dinç, Onur İzci, Ömer Faruk Şimşek, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Pierre Alechinsky, Roland Topor, Sebahattin Yüce, Selim Cebeci, Semiha Berksoy, SENA, Sevil Tunaboylu, Seza Paker, Şant Mengücek, Tansel Türkdoğan, Tanzer Arığ, Tarık Töre, Ümmühan Yörük, Yüksel Arslan, Zeren Göktan, Zeynep Kayan
Nazlı Gürlek Hodder
April 9-24, 2022
Curator: Julie Upmeyer
The title ‘Bodfa Continuum’ implies a continuous flow of time. Ideas and energies from the past are carried into the present and stretch out into the future. Time is malleable. It can stretch and compress. It can be layered and manipulated. This project proposes a deliberate engagement with time, using Plas Bodfa as a framework. A house is permeable structure, a container of memory, a lens into the past and a peak into the future.
This house has seen many things - the Women’s movement, WW2, businesses, families, concerts and commerce - a 100 years in 10 uneven chapters.
Wander through more than 35 rooms filled with works from painters and printmakers, stitchers and sculptors, potters and pathfinders, sound artists and sun catchers, poets and pigment makers along with elements of augmented reality.
November 07 2020 - January 31, 2021
Evliyagil Dolapdere, Istanbul
Vernissage: 07 November 2020, Saturday
Nazlı Gürlek Hodder's first solo show, “In The Body”, encapsulates her recent research on embodiment in relation to ecology through visual art. The show features paintings, drawings, collages, installations and video work made between 2018-20. The works reveal performative acts of the body in various ritualistic situations carried out in nature or in the solitude of the artist's studio with the intention of developing practices of freedom, agency, resilience and empowerment. Gürlek Hodder's questions concern eco-feminism, oneness of the earth's body and the human body, and art as a tool for healing and resistance.
Gürlek Hodder combines earth-sourced materials such as volcanic stones, soil, copper and vegetable oils with painted or collaged paper and canvas surfaces bearing the traces of her physical movements, emotional states, sensations and mental monologues. Fluctuating between abstraction and figuration, the works are often activated by light, gaining a living corporeality and a mystical aura.
Painting as a trace of performative process forms the core of the artist's practice. Through her instinctively structured rituals she explores material, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the body together with themes such as birth, death, creation, alchemy, mythology, ecology, healing, resilience and the unconscious. She combines elements from Anatolian and Central Asian shamanic cultures with dance therapy techniques and archaic symbolisms. The resulting works bear witness to the potential of the body as an inconsistent and vulnerable artifact, with leaky boundaries in constant continuation and flow with the rest of life surrounding it.
In The Body proposes a discussion on what art can be for us all in the current social context of 2020 dominated by the pandemic, social isolation and climate change. The show sets in search for the strength within as the natural quality of an individual in isolation. It proposes to engage our bodies in rethinking society.