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Burak Delier

Burak Delier: Freedom Has No Script

Iniva in London hosts the solo exhibition by Burak Delier. SAHA provided support for the production of the exhibition held between 26 March–17 May 2014.

Burak Delier exhibits recent work and a new film commissioned by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) at Rivington Place. Delier's work explores the relationship between capitalism and art, balancing seriousness and wit to critique society in a way that is relevant to Turkey and beyond. Burak Delier's work is acutely political. The artist took inspiration for the exhibition's title Freedom has no script, from the chaotic, anarchic spirit of recent uprisings and protest movements such as those in Istanbul's Gezi Park, Tahrir Square, and Occupy in New York.

Works in the exhibition include several film installations such as Collector's Wish (2012), The Deal (2013), Crisis and Control (2013) and Iniva's new commission Songs of the Possessed (2014). These subtle and playful works look at the concept of economy and explore the place of ‘power' in the cultural system as well as how people can resist the nature of the corporate environment. For many of these films he involves participants, who become part of his research and contribute to the power of the artworks.

Delier is the first recipient from Iniva's Commissions and Exhibitions Fund which aims to provide the next generation of artists from around the world with the opportunity to create new work.

A short interview with Burak Delier about his work:

About Burak Delier

Burak Delier (1977) is an artist who explores capitalism through contemporary art. Delier studied Fine Art at the University of Marmara and the University of Yildiz. He has had solo exhibitions in Istanbul at Pilot and Outlet and taken part in group exhibitions across Europe. His work was shown at the Taipei Biennial in 2008 and 2010 and the Istanbul Biennial in 2005 and 2007. Delier lives and works in Istanbul. This is his first showing in London and the UK.

About Iniva

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) works at the intersection of society and politics. It engages with new ideas and emerging debates in the contemporary visual arts, reflecting in particular the diversity of contemporary society. They work with artists, curators, creative producers, writers and the public to explore the vitality of visual culture. Iniva is supported by Arts Council England.