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Halil Altındere, "Neverland"


SAHA provides support for Halil Altındere’s “Neverland” which will take place at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, titled “May You Live In Interesting Times” curated by Ralph Rugolf, held between May 11-November 24, 2019.

“Neverland” intends to challenge the 100-year-old Venice Biennale’s model based on national representation. The artist erects a temporary pavilion, resembling other national pavilions, with its large scale of 7x10 metres. When seen from the front, the Palladian-style façade looks like any other established and prominent pavil­ion at Giardini, but the side view will reveal the fact that metal stage braces support the façade. It opens up a discussion on unrepresented and marginalised peoples, minorities, unwanted, im­migrants and refugees, and asylum seekers’ right to be represented.

A selection of Altındere’s “Space Refugee”, previously shown in Berlin, New York, London and Sharjah, is exhibited at the main exhibiton at Giardini. Also, the artist is listed among 6 artists, invited by Rugoff, to design alternative posters for the biennale this year.

About Halil Altındere

Halil Altındere (1971, Mardin) explores political, social and cultural codes, and focuses largely depicting marginalization and resistance to oppressive systems. Altındere has been a central figure in the Turkish contemporary art world since the mid-1990s, not only as an artist but also as the publisher of art-ist Magazine and as a prominent curator. The artist who reversed the conceptions of nation-state and authority through works on everyday objects like identity cards, banknotes, stamps in his early productions, started to focus on subcultures, gender and odd-but-ordinary situations of everyday life after the 2000s. His ironic and political approach can grasp the audience easily. His works have been included in exhibitions at documenta, Manifesta, and the biennials in Istanbul, Gwangju, Sharjah and São Paulo, as well as at MoMA/PS1, New York.