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SAHA provided support for the production of the new work by CANAN at Industrial Art Biennial, held between 21 July – 28 October 2018.

Organized by Labin Art Express, the second edition of Industrial Art Biennial is being showcased in various cultural and historical sites across Croatia. For this edition, CANAN is producing an immersive site-specific installation titled “Striga” in the Roman Amphitheater based in the city of Pula, inspired by Istrian folklore heritage based on popular folk tales of ghosts and witches, and a witchweed named ‘striga’, used for healing purposes. Furthermore, the cultural traces of the location, which has references to prophecy and dualism with respect to the symbolisms of the goddess Nemesis and the Persian god Mithra, becomes a source of inspiration for CANAN to conceive a mystical atmosphere through the aspects of the installation. In this regard, by using the traditional technique of reverse glass painting, along with exclusive Istrian iconography, the artist creates paintings and illuminated objects which are hanging from the ceiling of the darkened space. By limiting the vision of the spectators, CANAN intends to play with the source of all dualist ideas – such as the good and evil, darkness and light, image and reflection.


CANAN (1970, Istanbul) has graduated from Marmara University in 1992 with a degree in Management 1992, and later has earned her MA degree in Painting in 1998 from the same university. She has completed various residency programs in different geographies such as Germany and the United States of America. Solo exhibitions and projects include; “Behind Mountain Qaf”, Arter, (2017), Istanbul; “Shining Darkness”, (2016), Rampa Gallery, Istanbul; “I beg you, please do not speak to me of love, (2014), Galeri Siyah Beyaz, Ankara; “Turkish Delight”, (2012), X-ist, Istanbul; “Even a Cat Has Mustache”, (2010), X-ist, Istanbul; “Segregate”, (2010), KIBLA; Multimedia Center, Maribor; “...finally you are in me”, (2000), Istanbul. Group exhibitions and projects include; “Bahname”, (2017), Masa Project, Istanbul; “Jameel Prize 4”, (2017), A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan; “Mother Tongue”, (2017), Museum of Oslo, Interkulturelt Musseum, Oslo, “Mother Tongue, A Visual Journey inside heritahe, gender,politics and wars”, (2017), Sandnes Kunstforening, Sandnes; “Mother Tongue, A Visual Journey inside heritahe, gender,politics and wars”, (2017), Bodo Kunstforening, Bodo; “Jameel Prize”, (2017), Asia Cultural Centre (ACC); Gwangju Korea, “Jameel Prize 4”, (2016), Pera Museum, Istanbul; “Politische Kunst im Widerstand in der Türkei”, (2015), NGBK, Berlin.

About Industrial Art Biennial

Initiated in 2014 as a pilot edition, the first edition of Industrial Art Biennial was officially launched in 2015 by Labin Art Express, which is an independent underground cultural and art association established in 1991 in the isle of Istria in Crotia by a group of artists, led by the idea of art as a young, all-encompassing, modern, fierce, moral, and synthetic subject. Through organizing artistic events, Labin Art Express intends to develop a civil and open society in Croatia by promoting and producing alternative art and youth (sub)culture, as well as by proactive protection of industrial and architectural heritage of the former Istrian coal mines.