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Alper Turan | ICI

Curatorial Intensive New Orleans

In partnership with Independent Curators International, SAHA supports the participation of curators who have been accepted to ICI’s training programs. Alper Turan is invited for this year’s program in partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC) and Prospect New Orleans, between March 22 and 28, 2019 in New Orleans.

About Alper Turan

Alper Turan (1993, Ankara) is co-founder and curator of Das Art Project, literary translator and MA researcher based in Istanbul. Das Art Project is a curatorial collective that aims to work outside ‘white cube’. Collective uses thematically-specific buildings, often with historical significance, to realize mostly ephemeral exhibitions with younger generation artists. As part of Das Art Project, he curated the exhibition project Genetically Modified, which was a part of the off-site exhibition of Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj (2017).  Collective also curated a solo exhibition (Welcome to Homeland) of the artist Halil Altındere in 2017. Apart from the collective, most recently, Turan curated an exhibition project on HIV/AIDS in Istanbul as an action part of his research-creation based master thesis. “Positive Space”, bringing together mostly local artists, aimed at exploring the issues concerning the taboo topic HIV. Turan also works Turkish publishing houses and makes literary translations from French authors including Marguerite Duras, André Breton, Francis Picabia etc. Turan earned a Bachelor of Linguistics and Comparative Literatures, University of Galatasaray, İstanbul (2017) and is currently pursuing a Master in Cultural Studies, University of Sabanci, İstanbul.

About ICI

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators around the world. Established in 1975, ICI is a unique organization that focuses on the role of the curator as a contextualizing force for contemporary art, and one that develops infrastructure for contemporary artists and art discourse in different contexts throughout the world. ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, into collaborative networks that are relevant regionally and inscribed within an international framework.