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Plastic Veins addresses the implications of conserving cultural heritage and the motivations behind it. To what ends do we look after and circulate objects of personal and cultural value?

SAHA supported for the production of lectures and artist projects entitled Plastic Veins, organized by Ashkal Alwan and curated by Zeynep Öz for the Home Works 6.

Plastic Veins addresses the implications of conserving cultural heritage and the motivations behind it. As the market value of an object is directly linked to the personal attention that it is given; objects are shaped in a continuous exchange between affect and broader economical value. All this is inherent in the way that the object is projected weighed and estimated. To what ends do we look after and circulate objects of personal and cultural value? How and when do collecting institutions themselves become objects of study?

Through a series of conversations and a presentation of research-driven projects, Plastic Veins looks at the shift in culture and arts policies in the transition from the Ottoman era to the earlier years of the Turkish Republic, and links this shift to the very personal and societal impetus of collecting as a form of cultural patronage. Here, the emphasis is on the legacy of banks’ collections and patronage, which began in the modern period and extended to the present day with a major role in the local infrastructure.

Artist Projects by: Burak Arıkan, Kristine Khouri, Maha Maamoun, Dilek Winchester
Lectures by: D. Graham Burnett, Cemal Kafadar, Sarah-Neel Smith, Zeynep Yasa Yaman

About The Curator

Zeynep Öz is an independent curator and author. Öz co-founded the SPOT initiative in 2011. In 2010, she was one of the curators of Home Works V which are among the most important cultural events in the Middle East. She edited and published a book entitled 'Melanie Gilligan: Five Scripts' which was previously published by CCS Bard. In the past, she developed curatorial and artistic projects for institutions such as Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland Historical Society, Frankfurter Kunstverein, White Columns, NY, and 98 Weeks Beirut Armory. Currently, she is curating an exhibition which will be opened in January 2013 at the Westfaelischer Kunstverein in Münster, Germany. In 2012, she curated the project “Dönüşüm Muhteşem Olacak” (Işıl Eğrikavuk) as the first Project of SPOT Production Fund. Öz, completed Visual Arts and Mathematics programmes of the Dartmouth College, and obtained a master’s degree in curating from the Bard College.

About Ashkal Alwan

The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan is a non-profit organization based in Beirut, Lebanon. Over the past 18 years, the association has been committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of creative and intellectual endeavors across a range of disciplines and media. Ashkal Alwan’s programs include the Home Works Forum on Cultural Practices, curated projects in Lebanon and abroad, the publication of literary works and artists’ books, artists-in-residency programs and the video production and screening program Video Works. In 2011, Ashkal Alwan launched Home Workspace, a 2000m² facility in Beirut dedicated to arts education and production.