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Cansu Çakar, Kıymet Daştan | Home Workspace Program

Home Workspace Program 2018—2019

In partnership with Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, SAHA supports the participation of artists from Turkey at Homeworks Space Program. Between 1 October 2018 and 14 July 2019, Cansu Çakar and Kıymet Daştan are invited to participate at the 8th edition of the program. Home Workspace Program consists of 6 workshops led by visiting professors (VP): Celine Condorelli, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Iman Issa, Maha Maamoun, Suhail Malik and Joe Namy and a course of seminars taught by guest professors (GP); Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Mirene Arsanios, Walid Raad, Walid Sadek, Rayyane Tabet, Jalal Toufic, and Akram Zaatari.

About the Artists

Cansu Çakar (1988, İstanbul) completed her BFA at Dokuz Eylül University Traditional Turkish Arts Department and attended Moholy–Nagy Arts and Design University in Budapest-graphic design program. She participated in the 14th Istanbul Biennial suppported by SAHA in 2015. Her work makes use of traditional Turkish art techniques smoothly combined with hints of contemporary modalities, creating a beautiful juxtaposition of arabesque symbols with vogue symbolism that hints at the absurdity between the traditional and the modern modalities, perfectly signifying Turkey's endless dilemma through her interpretation of miniature practice. The tradition of collective producing as is the nature in the tradition of miniature manuscript making is very central to Cansu Çakar’s artistic practice.

Kıymet Daştan (1980, İstanbul) graduated from the Sculpture Department of Mimar Sinan University for Fine Arts and then completed an MA in Design at Milan’s Domus Academy. She has erected sculptures in various public spaces, opened two solo exhibition and participated in various group exhibitions in galleries and public spaces, artist residencies and symposiums both in Turkey and abroad. She has won various awards such as the first prize at Sabancı Art Award for Sculpture in 2008 and JTR Jewelry Design Competition in 2013.

About Ashkal Alwan

The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan is a non-profit organization based in Beirut, Lebanon. Over the past 18 years, the association has been committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of creative and intellectual endeavors across a range of disciplines and media. Ashkal Alwan’s programs include the Home Works Forum on Cultural Practices, curated projects in Lebanon and abroad, the publication of literary works and artists’ books, artists-in-residency programs and the video production and screening program Video Works. In 2011, Ashkal Alwan launched Home Workspace, a 2000m² facility in Beirut dedicated to arts education and production.