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La Triennale 2012

La Triennale 2012

The 3rd edition of the Contemporary Art Triennial has moved from the Grand Palais, where the previous two editions took place, to the open galleries of the Palais de Tokyo and other neighboring institutions.

The 3rd edition of the Contemporary Art Triennial exhibition, the first of which was held in 2006, was relocated from the nave of the Grand Palais to the open galleries of the Palais de Tokyo and other neighboring institutions along la Colline de Musées. Through the concept of “Intense Proximity”, La Triennale investigated what it means to be active as an artist working today. La Triennale invited two artists from Turkey for the first time to this edition in 2012. SAHA provided support for the production budgets of works created by Sarkis and Köken Ergun. Sarkis’s large wall display for Intense Proximity—entitled “La Frise des Trésors de Guerre” [The Frieze of War Trophies] (2012)—is composed of layers of images and objects drawn from diverse cultural contexts. Connecting these discrepant materials is Sarkis’s conception of “Kriegsschatz,” or “war trophies,” designating objects that have been torn from their native context in the course of expeditions or invasions, and which then end up in the collections of distant museums. Through combining these pilfered cultural artifacts, adulterated photos, and fraudulent replicas of stolen paintings into a monolithic structure, Sarkis renders visible both the distances that separate the items and the similarities that connect them. Köken Ergun’s video installation “Binibining Promised Land” focuses on the extreme popularity of beauty contests among the Philippino communities of immigrant workers in Israel. This 3 channel video installation is accompanied by posters of the contests and pieces of furniture from the contest salons.



About the Curator

Okwui Enwezor is the artistic director of La Triennale 2012. As an author, poet, teacher, curator, art historian and critic, Enwezor is a leading figure in the world of art. Amongst his numerous curatorial credits, he has served as artistic director of Documenta 11 in Kassel, as well as for the Biennials of Johannesburg, Sevilla, and Gwangju. Born in Nigeria, 1963, Enwezor is the director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, one of the topmost positions in the contemporary art world. The former director of Haus der Kunst, Chris Dercon, is currently the director of Tate Modern.

About the Artists

Sarkis (1938, İstanbul), graduated from the Fine Arts Academy (Mimar Sinan University). During his fifty years of artistic career, Sarkis has worked with various mediums such as interdisciplinary installations (audio, visual). His works has been shown in important art institutions, museums and galleries such as the Louvre Museum (France), MOMAC (Switzerland), Guggenheim Museum (USA), Musée d’Art Contemporain (France), Georges Pompidou (France). Quand les Attitudes deviennent Formes (Kunsthalle Bern, 1969), DOCUMENTA VI (Kassel, 1977) and DOCUMENTA VII (Kassel, 1982) are among the artist’s major shows. The artist is the recipient of the 1967 Prix de la Peinture à la Biennale de Paris and the 1991 Grand Prix National de Sculpture awards. Sarkis recently had solo show at Galeri Manâ, Istanbul, 2013; ARTER, Istanbul, 2013; Museum Boijmans  Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2013; Submarine warehouse in collaboration with Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Holland, 2012), Galerie Nathalie Obadia (France, 2011),  Museum of Contemporary Art in Geneva – MAMCO (Switzerland, 2011), Centre Pompidou Modern Art Center (France, 2010), TANAS (2010) and Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Sanat (Istanbul, 2010). The artist lives and works in Paris.

Köken Ergun (1976, Istanbul) studied acting at the İstanbul University and completed his postgraduate diploma degree in Ancient Greek Literature at King's College London, followed by an MA degree on Art History at Bilgi University, Istanbul. After working with American theater director Robert Wilson, Ergun became involved more with contemporary art, specifically video and performance. His multi-channel video installations have been exhibited internationally at institutions including Documenta 14, Palais de Tokyo, SALT, Garage MCA, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Protocinema, KIASMA, Digital ArtLab Tel Aviv, Casino Luxembourg, Para-Site and Kunsthalle Winterthur. His film works have received several awards at film festivals including the "Tiger Award for Short Film" at the 2007 Rotterdam Film Festival and the "Special Mention Prize" at the 2013 Berlinale. Ergun’s works are included in public collections such as the Centre Pompidou, the Greek National Museum of Contemporary Art, Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Kadist Foundation.

About La Triennale

La Triennale sets off on a journey to explore the nodes where art and ethnography converge in a renewal of fascination and estrangement.

Inspired by the great work of early to mid 20th century French ethnography figures such as Claude Levi-Strauss, Marcel Mauss, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Griaule, La Triennale sets off on a journey to explore the nodes where art and ethnography converge in a renewal of fascination and estrangement. After “La Force de l’Art” 01 and 02 at the Grand Palais in 2006 and 2009, the newly-reinvented La Triennale was one of the major art events of 2012. For further information on La Triennale: