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Hasan Özgür Top

The Atelier

Filmed in Turkey and debuted in Lima, “The Atelier” (2018) investigates processes and effects of nationalism and its increasingly complex relationship with capitalism, as it exists across continents and time.

“The Atelier” takes the viewer to a specific Turkish flag manufacturing shop in Istanbul; where the audience is introduced to a few workers making flags amidst their employers. What starts as a tour of the technical process at a modest workshop unfolds into an age-old practice of transforming a simple piece of fabric into a sacred symbol. In this work Hasan Özgür Top takes the pulse of popular opinion by making visible this small, independent company’s foreign trade relations.

SAHA supported the production of the new work by Hasan Özgür Top for the solo exhibition organized by Protocinema at Proyecto AMIL, held between 25 January–24 February 2018 in Peru. 

About Hasan Özgür Top

Hasan Özgür Top (1987, Ankara) holds an MA in Painting from Marmara University, Institute of Fine Arts, Istanbul, 2015 and a BA in Painting, from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul, 2014-2008.  Selected group exhibitions include The Multiplier Effect, Mixer, Istanbul, 2017; Replaced, Rampa, Istanbul; If you can’t go through the door, go through the window, Alt Art Space, Istanbul and 1Sergi, Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul; The Ways We Stand By, Protocinema Emerging Curator Series, Proto-5533, Istanbul; YFD VI, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul; Borders Orbits, Siemens Sanat, Depo, Istanbul and Connecting the Dots: Workshops, Artist Diaries, Pera Museum, Istanbul, 2014; Prescription, Karşı, Istanbul, 2012; Even My Mum Can Make a Book, Manzara Perspectives, Istanbul, 2011; Two Shadows of ‘The Public’: Screen and Space, Lothringer13, Munich, which traveled to Depo, Istanbul, 2010. In 2012 Top’s videos were screed at That’s How We Do It, Istanbul, B15 Occupato, Rome, and Counter Manipulation, NO-TAV Camp,Turin. He lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.

About the Protocinema and Proyecto AMIL

Protocinema is a mission driven, art organization realizing site-aware exhibitions around the world (based in Istanbul and New York). The organization is itinerant and free of 'brick and mortar'. Collaborations, interventions and exhibitions are presented in spaces specific to each artist, while being responsive to context. Protocinema exhibits artists in cities where their work has yet to have been exhibited extensively. Protocinema was founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito.

Proyecto AMIL is a fluid, non-commercial contemporary art platform based in Lima. Founded by Juan Carlos Verme and Joel Yoss, it supports pioneering local and international projects while functioning as a space of encounter in which the public can engage with critical content. It has an experimental and collaborative public program that materializes in discussions, workshops, screenings, performances and publications. Proyecto AMIL has two residency programmes; one in Peru and one in Switzerland.