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Erkan Öznur

Never Spoken Again

SAHA supports Erkan Öznur's participation to "Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections" at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, held on 25 January – 23 August 2020. "Never Spoken Again" is a traveling exhibition that reflects on the birth of modern collections, the art institutions that sustain them and their contingent origin stories. Curated by Colombian curator David Ayala-Alfonso, an alumnus of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive, the exhibition is part of ICI’s new series of programs, pioneered with the support of the Hartfield Foundation, aimed at championing emergent curatorial voices by providing opportunities to alumni of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive.  Considering how institutional collections organize our lives, “Never Spoken Again” brings together artists whose works open up a critique of material culture, iconography, and political ecologies. These practices examine not only the collected objects and the systems of distribution that facilitate their circulation but also the disciplines and subjects of study that they trade in. Variously, the works shed light on myths, simulations, fake currencies, war games, and the slow violence of systematic racism that historically underpin collecting practices. Together they open the field for considering our agency in how our histories and futures may be constituted otherwise. Artists: Morehshin Allahyari, Maria Thereza Alves, François Bucher, Giuseppe Campuzano, Alia Farid, Sofia de Grenade, Laura Huertas Millán, Ulrik López, Carlos Motta, Erkan Öznur, David Peña Lopera, Michael Rakowitz, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Reyes Santiago Rojas, Daniel R. Small, and Felipe Steinberg.

About Erkan Öznur

Erkan Öznur (Turkey, 1976) holds an MFA from the Sculpture department at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art; and a BA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Istanbul. Recent exhibitions include: The Cat is Killing the Birds, but I Love her Anyway, La Casita, Bogota, 2018; Shades of Today: Picking up the Pieces of Post-Truth, Centrum, Belgium, 2017; “Kollektivwechsel” Artist Book Project, No Cube Gallery, Münster, Germany, 2017 ; A Journey Into an Empty Room, Montagenhalle, Berlin, Germany, 2017 ; Macht Kunst, Deutsche Bank Atrium, Berlin, Germany, 2015; Leg los!, 48 stunden Neukölln, Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany, 2015; UHU, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, 2014. In 2018 he was awarded a grant by SAHA Association to take part in the Escuela FLORA residency program in Bogota, Colombia. He lives and works in Berlin.

About ICI

Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.