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Didem Özbek

Dream Trip

SAHA provided support for the production of new works by Didem Özbek participating Gwangju Biennale held between 7 September and 11 November 2018.

For this edition of Gwangju Biennale titled “Facing Borders”, curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Didem Özbek presents an installation based on her “Dream Trip” created in 2011 by reflecting the current formation of the 2018 Schengen border regulations. The installation includes artist books, a suitcase, touristic posters of world famous destinations, audio book and the ‘First World’ map covering the ground floor of the gallery space, which shows only the countries that are free to travel to any Schengen state without the obligation of a visa. In this installation, Özbek aims to create a grey zone and pose questions about the notions of mobility, privacy, security and power in the contemporary global society.

About Didem Özbek

Didem Özbek is an artist and Co-Director of PiST/// International Project Space, in Istanbul. She gained her MA in Communication Design at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London. She develops conceptual art projects and works with installation, performance, limited edition artist book and printed material that enables the participation of the audience. She has shown in numerous spaces such as Umetnostna Galerija Maribor (2006), Frieze Art Fair (2008), Museo Madre, Napoli (2009), The Armory Show (2009), Tate Modern (2010), and the Asia Triennial Manchester (2011). Özbek lives and works in Istanbul.

About Gwangju Biennial

As a city of art and culture, Gwangju and Gwangju Biennale Foundation host Gwangju Biennale established in 1995. Gwangju Biennale, founded in memory of the spirit of the 1980 civil uprising against the repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, is Asia's oldest and most prestigious biennial of contemporary art. Under the helm of previous curators which include Kerry Brougher, Sukwon Chang, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Hou Hanru, Honghee Kim, Yongwoo Lee, Youngchul Lee, Kwangsoo Oh, Wankyoung Sung, Harald Szeemann, Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, MamiKataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu, and Alia Swastika, Gwangju Biennale has established itself as one of the highlights of the international contemporary art biennale circuit.