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Ergin Çavuşoğlu

SAHA supported the production of the new work by Ergin Çavuşoğlu in the exhibition “The Image Generator II” at the Extra City held between 5–28 February 2016.

Ergin Çavuşoğlu’s video work “Cinefication /Tarot and Chess” portrays universal patterns of human behaviour and their relationship to past, present and future, as seen through the prism of literary expressions. The interpretations of the tarot cards allude to classic tales such as “Faust”, “Oedipus”, and Shakespearian narratives such as “Hamlet”, “Macbeth” and “King Lear”. Alongside the film Ergin Çavuşoğlu exhibits a series of paintings and reliefs that are representative of the tarot and act as conceptual clarifications.

Astists: Leyla Aydoslu, Bianca Baldi, David Bergé, Alexis Blake, Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Robert Cash, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Oskar Dawicki, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Emi Kodama & Hans Demeulenaere, Clément Layes, Jorge León, Antigone Michalakopoulou, Shelly Nadashi, No Performance Please., Nicolas Pelzer, Salva Sanchis, Bahar Temiz, Adrien Tirtiaux, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Marc Vanrunxt, Katleen Vinck and Neal White.

About Ergin Çavuşoğlu

Ergin Çavuşoğlu (born in Bulgaria, 1968) studied at The National School of Fine Arts “Iliya Petrov”, Sofia in the early 1980s. He consequently received a BA in painting from the University of Marmara, İstanbul, MA from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a PhD from University in Portsmouth. He took part in the Turkish Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was shortlisted for the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2004, and most recently in 2010 for Artes Mundi 4 – the UK’s Biggest Contemporary Arts Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include “Liquid Breeding”, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan (2015), “Ergin Çavuşoğlu – Liminal Crossing”, The Red House, Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia (2014), “Ergin Çavuşoğlu – Dust Breeding”, The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (2011), “Alterity”, Rampa, İstanbul (2011), “Crystal & Flame”, PEER, London (2010) and “Ergin Çavuşoğlu”, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2009–10). Ergin Çavuşoğlu currently lives and works in London.

About Extra City

Extra City Kunsthal was founded in 2004 by Wim Peeters, and initially located in a grain silo in the Antwerp harbour area. Extra City is a platform for the production, presentation and debate of artistic practices. Extra City’s exhibition program focuses on contemporary artistic developments from Belgium and abroad, including historical positions that are of relevance for today’s discourses. Extra City seeks to address engaged audiences by offering a challenging program of exhibitions and related events, such as debates, talks, guest presentations, performances and screenings.