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Aslı Çavuşoğlu, "Kissing Through the Curtain"

"Kissing Through the Curtain"

SAHA provides support for Aslı Çavuşoğlu's new project for "Kissing Through the Curtain" at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, held on 11 July 2020 - 31 October 2021. The ten contemporary artists in this exhibition address boundaries, and attempts to communicate across them: not just between different languages, but also between nations, cultures, media, bodies, and individual minds. Their work invites us to consider moments of mediated contact, and uncertain communication, as potential sites for the generation of new knowledge. Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s With Just the Push of a Voice takes its title from Gabriel García Márquez’s 1975 novel, “The Autumn of the Patriarch.” In a passage chronicling the fall of a dictator, the narrator recalls entering the palace, where “We did not have to knock down the door, as we had thought, for the main door seemed to open by itself with just the push of a voice.” Çavuşoğlu’s works in With Just the Push of a Voice—a coda for “Kissing through a Curtain”—examine situations where translation becomes necessary between people who supposedly speak the same tongue. Symbols and words are accorded power as indicators of one’s own beliefs or identity, and as agents of revolution. Moments of erasure and censorship are revealed as filled with significance. Perhaps an utterance is even capable of opening the palace doors.

About Aslı Çavuşoğlu

Aslı Çavuşoğlu examines the way in which cultural and historical facts are transformed, represented, and interpreted by individuals. Working across various media, Çavuşoğlu often assumes the role of an interpreter, writer or facilitator in her projects in order to highlight the precarious and subjective nature of our shared histories. Recent solo shows include With Just the Push of a Voice, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts (2020); The Place of Stone, New Museum, New York (2018); Red / Red, MATHAF Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar (2016); In Diverse Estimations Little Moscow, RISD Museum, Providence (2014); The Stones Talk, ARTER, Istanbul (2013); Murder in Three Acts, Delfina Foundation, London (2013); group exhibitions and biennials include; Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2020), Moderna Museet (Stockholm, 2017), Castello di Rivoli (Torino, 2019 & 2017), Manifesta 11 (Zurich, 2016), 14th Istanbul Biennial (Istanbul, 2015), New Museum Triennial (New York, 2015), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, 2014), MAK Museum in Vienna (Vienna), and Performa 11 (New York, 2011). Her works are included in international collections such as; Arter (Istanbul), British Museum (London), Castello di Rivoli (Turin), MATHAF (Qatar), MoMA (New York) and Kadist (Paris / San Francisco).