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Barış Doğrusöz

SAHA supported the production of the new work by Barış Doğrusöz for the exhibition “Conceal, cover with sand, replicate, translate, restore” at Kadist in Paris, held between 24 February–16 April 2017.

The exhibition “Conceal, cover with sand, replicate, translate, restore” presents artistic projects dealing with objects in situations of conflict, and their role as vehicle or witness. The works are shown at different stages of their existence to underline the artists’ methods, an articulation of historical references combined with a response to current political issues.

Barış Doğrusöz’s video presents a study of the archaeological site of Europos Dura in Syria, where burying the citadel became a resistance strategy. While we face international crises that perpetuate conflicts of interests and underline the relationship between art and power, governance can be read through the question of cultural heritage.

Artists: Pio Abad, Mariana Castillo Deball, Barış Doğrusöz, Chrysanthi Koumianaki and Alexandra Pirici.

About Barış Doğrusöz

Barış Doğrusöz (1978, Strasbourg) obtained his BA in 2001 and his MFA in 2003 from the HEAR (Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin - Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Le Quai). Doğrusöz’s work will be shown at the Sharjah Biennale next spring, and has been presented at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2016); at SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2015); at the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2015); at nGBK, Berlin (2015); and during the Crossing Borders, Traversing narratives symposium, University of St. Andrews (2014). He participated in the Fellowship: Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace Program / HWP (2015-16).

Barış Doğrusöz’s practice finds its starting point with the residual matter of a more or less distant past. By appropriating and recuperating this historical substrate Doğrusöz creates videos and installations that interrogate the notion of territory, border and scale whether physical or symbolical, until questioning our own comprehension of the world and its history.

About Kadist

Kadist is a non-profit organization that believes the arts make a fundamental contribution to a progressive society. Its programs actively encourage the engagement of artists, often represented in its collection, with the important issues of today. Kadist's collections and productions reflect the global scope of contemporary art, and its programs develop collaborations with artists, curators and many art organizations around the world. Local programs in Kadist's hubs of Paris and San Francisco include exhibitions, public events, residencies and educational initiatives.