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Aslı Çavuşoğlu, “Pink as a Cabbage / Green as an Onion / Blue as an Orange”

"Pink as a Cabbage / Green as an Onion / Blue as an Orange"

SAHA provides support for Aslı Çavuşoğlu's solo exhibition "Pink as a Cabbage / Green as an Onion / Blue as an Orange" at KADIST in Paris, held on 7 October 2020 - 24 January 2021.

How have the social uprisings in Turkey during the last decade shaped the way we reimagine sites of everyday resistance? Can planting seeds constitute a political act? These questions mark the starting point of “Pink as a Cabbage / Green as an Onion / Blue as an Orange.” For her residence at KADIST Paris, Çavuşoğlu continued her research on the mercantile, political and symbolic history of colors, and in this exhibition, she employs a similar artistic strategy as she dyes natural fabrics with fruits, vegetables, and plants cultivated by the farming initiatives she has been in touch with. Yet, rather than formulating the history of a particular color, here the artist thinks through color bringing together the various stories and models these farming initiatives have offered. The work takes the form of an installation with eighteen fabric rolls of different sizes, textures, patterns, and rhythmic surfaces with muted, earthy colors—each corresponding to a unique initiative. The installation favors a flexible structure that adapts to its two host sites, Paris and Istanbul and the display evokes the setting of bazaar-like stalls, forming a temporary gathering with provisional and deployable structures.

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).