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Banu Cennetoğlu, Sculpture Center

SAHA provides publication support for Banu Cennetoğlu’s exhibition at the Sculpture Center in NY, artists first solo show in the United States, held between January 14 and March 25, 2019. Banu Cennetoğlu’s solo exhibition, curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, presents a number of works that deal with the gathering, presentation, circulation, and residue of information, data, and images. Banu Cennetoğlu brings together a selection of works by the artist that consider how we create our own narratives, histories, and memories as we confront large bodies of information produced for or by us. Upholding a cogent form of aesthetic engagement, the artist invites us to consider how our individual positions and actions are in constant negotiation with the larger structures and events that shape our lives. By tying together personal and public archives, Cennetoğlu’s work not only reinforces the maxim that the personal is political, but insists that it is also and inevitably the other way around. The centerpiece of Cennetoğlu’s exhibition, 1 January 1970 – 21 March 2018 is a new moving image work that presents the totality of the artist’s visual archive from June 10, 2006 to March 21, 2018. The work presents a continuous stream of unedited content, ordered in a chronological format, 128 hours and 22 minutes in duration, traces over a decade of personal, social and political change from the banality of life’s small moments, to the birth of Cennetoğlu’s daughter, to documentation of her artistic practice, to numerous protests, ceremonies and cemeteries. The exhibition is accompanied by a color publication with a joint contribution by Sohrab Mohebbi and Thomas Keenan, Director of the Human Rights Project and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. Please click here to read the book.

About Banu Cennetoğlu

Banu Cennetoğlu (1970, Ankara) studied in Istanbul, Paris and New York before she was awarded a place at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2002. Previous solo exhibitions include: Chisenhale Gallery, London (2018); Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2015); Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest (2013); and Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2011). Selected group exhibitions include: Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017); The Restless Earth, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2017); 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014); Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010); 53rd Venice Biennale/Pavilion of Turkey (2009); 3rd and 5th Berlin Biennale (2004 and 2008); and 1st Athens Biennale and 10th Istanbul Biennial (both 2007). She has also run BAS, a non-profit project space dedicated to collecting, archiving, exhibiting and publishing limited edition artists’ books.

About Sculpture Center

SculptureCenter is a contemporary art museum that is located in Long Island City, Queens in New York City. Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture.