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Aslı Çavuşoğlu, "The Place of Stone"

The Place of Stone

SAHA, in partnership with New Museum, supported Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s solo show at New Museum, curated by Natalie Bell, held between 18 September 2018 and 13 January 2019.

For Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s exhibition "The Place of Stone" at the New Museum, she expands her ongoing research into the histories of specific colors, exploring the origins and trade history of lapis lazuli, a blue stone exported primarily from Afghan mines since the seventh century b.c. In her new body of work, Çavuşoğlu created a wall of fresco panels, an artistic form that has traditionally incorporated lapis pigment; to this day, frescoes yield information about lapis lazuli’s trade and distribution, as well as its cultural symbolism. In her installation, Çavuşoğlu traces the history of the color blue across centuries and diverse geographies—from Central Asia to Africa to Europe—following its transitions and shifting associations, from the sacred to the political to the emotional. Çavuşoğlu’s exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring contributions by New Museum Associate Curator Natalie Bell, artist Mariana Castillo Deball, anthropologist Michael Taussig, and independent curator and writer Amy Zion.

About Aslı Çavuşoğlu

Aslı Çavuşoğlu (1982, Istanbul) 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 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). Her work has appeared in group exhibitions at Between Bridges, Berlin (2018); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2017); Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2016); the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015); New Museum, New York (2015); the 2nd Kyiv Biennial (2015); Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2014); MAK, Vienna (2013); Darat al Funun, Amman (2013); the 11th Baltic Triennial, Vilnius (2012); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2012); Frieze Projects, London (2012); and Performa 11, New York (2011). She received the FULL Art Prize in 2012 and was nominated for the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize.

About New Museum

Founded by Marcia Tucker in 1977, New Museum is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program. Desgined by the architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, the museum building is located on Bowery Street.