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Ha Za Vu Zu

The Spirit of Utopia

SAHA Association supported for the performance of Ha Za Vu Zu in the exhibition “The Spirit of Utopia” (4 July – 5 September, 2013) at Whitechapel Gallery in East End of London.

Ten artists and collectives (Theaster Gates, Pedro Reyes, Wayward Plants, Claire Pentecost, Time/Bank, Superflex, Yto Barrada, Peter Liversidge, Ha Za Vu Zu and Ostengruppe)  from around the world speculate on alternative futures for the economy, the environment and society itself, asking, ‘what if?’ From a live studio pottery, to a verdant greenhouse, a remarkable series’ of installations and events engage us in playful, provocative and creatively pragmatic models for social change.

The exhibition has been curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE, Daniel F. Herrmann, Kirsty Ogg, Sofia Victorino and Nayia Yiakoumaki.

Ha Za Vu Zu talk about their performance for The Spirit of Utopia:

Ha Za Vu Zu Performance:

Ha Za Vu Zu: Crying | Saturday 6 July, 3pm – 4pm

Ha Za Vu Zu, Crying Tools, 2009-2012.
When was the last time you’ve cried with other people? Can tears bring us together? Ha Za Vu Zu invite you to water this dry universe. Crying for nothing! Crying for laughing! Established in Istanbul in 2005, collective Ha Za Vu Zu creates a simple and practical working model around artistic disciplines including music, video, performance and design. Ha Za Vu Zu's past solo exhibitions include Masa Project (2009); Gymnastic: collective and rhythmic, Hafriyat Karaköy (2008); Lokaal01, Antwerp (2008); and We Are Getting Vocalized, Galerist, Istanbul (2007). They have also participated in various performances and group exhibitions including What a Loop, Münchner Kammerspiele, Germany (2010); When Ideas Become Crime, Depo, Istanbul (2010); 10th International Baltic Art Triennial, Vilnius (2009); Different Similarity / End Game, 10th Lyon Biennial, Lyon (2009); Gallery Loop, Seoul (2009); Kaserne Basel (2008); Mercy, Liverpool (2008); Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (2008); Triennale Bovisa, Milan (2008); and the 10th International Istanbul Biennial.

About Whitechapel Gallery

The Whitechapel Gallery was founded in 1901 as one of the first publicly funded galleries for temporary exhibitions in London, and it has a long track record for education and outreach projects, now focused on the Whitechapel area's deprived populations. It exhibits the work of contemporary artists, as well as organising retrospective exhibitions and shows that are of interest to the local community. The most important exhibitions to have been held at the Whitechapel Gallery were Pablo Picasso's “Guernica” in 1938 to protest the Spanish Civil War and “This is Tomorrow” in 1956 to focus on the history of post-war British art.