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Didem Pekün, "Of Dice and Men"

SAHA supported the production of the new work by Didem Pekün in the exhibition “Through the Fog: Descripting the Present” at the State of Concept in Athens held between 6 February–1 April 2016.
The group exhibition “Through the Fog: Descripting the Present” is curated by Nick Aikens, and includes works by six artists spanning video, photography and installation, many of them produced specifically for the exhibition or shown in Athens for the first time.

Across different countries and contexts an opaque, uncertain fog hangs over us. Within this haze, how can we visualize and articulate our own subject positions, modes of being and political agency in the world? “Through the fog: Descripting the Present” is an exhibition in essayistic form. A dialogue across contexts, temporalities and methodologies, it attempts to reflect on how we understand, speak to and move through an unfolding present.
The newly extended version of Didem Pekün’s two screen video “Of Dice and Men”, is presented with a series of video diaries from 2011–14 that convey the artist trying to process unraveling political events interlaced within a web of tangential reflections.

Artists: Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Christian Nyampeta, Eftihis Patsourakis, Didem Pekün, Vangelis Vlahos and Grant Watson.

About Didem Pekün

Didem Pekün's work explores both research and practice; conceptually it deals with the production of subjectivities within violent geographies, displacement, and contemporary border politics. Her studio practice includes documentaries and video installations, and her work has been screened internationally at festivals and galleries, (Berlinale, Arnolfini, Oberhausen, Punto de Vista, WOMEX, MUSAC, SALT Istanbul) and has received and been nominated for awards, (British Council).  She ha also attended residencies, suc as at Delfina and Greenhouse. Following a BA in Music at SOAS, and an MA on Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths, she is currently a practice-based PhD candidate in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University and a faculty member at Media and Visual Arts Department at Koc University.

About State of Concept

State of Concept is the first non-profit gallery in Greece. It was founded in 2013 by art critic and curator Iliana Fokianaki and is based in Athens. State of Concept is an independent platform operating as a gallery with a yearly programme, that aims to be a bridge between Athens and the international contemporary art scene. With its main aim being to introduce international artists that are not widely known and easily accessible to Greek audiences as well as to showcase one Greek artist through a solo exhibition, it hosts four exhibitions per year: one solo exhibition of a Greek artist, two solo exhibitions of international artists and one group exhibition curated by an international invited curator. Parallel to its exhibition programme, State of Concept organises a variety of events and projects including talks, screenings and workshops for children.