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Barış Doğrusöz, "Interstices, a dizzying array of combinations"

SAHA supported the production of the new work “Interstices, a dizzying array of combinations” by Barış Doğrusöz for the exhibition at Beirut Art Center, held between 9 May–18 July 2018.

Barış Doğrusöz has been encoding specific types of architecture into a visual lexicon since 2015, the year he arrived in Beirut. The artist has collected an inventory of military artifacts called ‘pillboxes’, which are concrete guard-posts that are observable around all sensitive institutional, military and private buildings alongside roads, bridge, borders and contested territories. These structures are often camouflaged to conceal their locations and to maximize the element of surprise. They may be part of a trench system and form an interlocking line of defense. Observing the ubiquity of these artifacts, the artist has undertaken a process of indexing the loopholes as if they were ‘extropic masks’, in other words, optical devices that remain open, never to be closed, and that strictly obey military logic. Through these tri-dimensional wireframe drawings, Doğrusöz composes complex abstracts scores from current geopolitical situations that are constantly reconfigured. The wireframe drawings project a shadow play of geometrical vectors that you cannot hold, catch or rely on.

The artworks in the exhibition “Space Edits (the trouble with language)” represent, expand or perform different interactions between text and the bodily experience of space. From the idea of a score, a script, a narrative or a visual encoding, real space — be it the stage or the exhibition space – are modified into some experience of the actual physical and social space we live in. This space in turn can be altered, ruined or enhanced by typographic signs or their equivalent.

Artists: Vito Acconci, Marcel Broodthaers, Guy De Cointet, Richard Artschwager, Claude Closky, Barış Doğrusöz, Geith Al Amine, Jean-Pascal Flavien, David Hammons, Nairy Baghramian, Iman Issa, Nesrine Khodr, Ali Meer, Pallavi Paul, Raqs Media Collective, Ieva Saudargaité, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Nicholas Bussman, and Roy Samaha.

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  shown at the Sharjah Biennale, 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 Beirut Art Center

Beirut Art Center (BAC) is a non-profit association, space and platform dedicated to experimental art in Beirut, Lebanon. Beirut Art Center was initiated by Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige. The aim of Beirut Art Center is to produce, present and contextualize local and international art researches and cultural practices in a space that is open and active all year long and not requiring any entrance fees. Established in 2009, Beirut Art Center is an unprecedented initiative in Beirut. It constitutes the first public space for exhibiting and for addressing residents and visitors it also incites exchanges, debates and discussions among them.