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Mehtap Baydu, Nezaket Ekici, Ayşe Erkmen, Murat Germen, Ali Kazma, Volkan Kızıltunç, Servet Koçyiğit, belit sağ, Nasan Tur

This yearning is ours!

SAHA provided support  for the production of works for the “This yearning is ours!” exhibition curated by Lora Sarıaslan at the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu.

“This yearning is ours!” is a group exhibition that takes place at the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Poland between the dates 13 May–18 September 2016. Curated by Lora Sarıaslan, the exhibition’s title gets its inspiration from the closing lines (To live! Like a tree alone and free like a forest in brotherhood... This yearning is ours!) of the poem “Invitation” (1947) by the poet Nâzım Hikmet.

Focusing on artists from Turkey, some of whom are now based in Europe, it is thus characterized by a multiplicity of identities. The “This yearning is ours!” exhibition takes the French philosopher Michel Foucault’s notion of heterotopia as its starting point. According to Foucault, heterotopias – sites such as gardens, hotel rooms, prisons or mental hospitals – facilitate commentary, mirroring, and the denouncing of reality. This exhibition presents a multi-layered heterotopia of observations, visions, investigations, manifestations, and artistic experiments.  It also addresses the salient issues and challenges with which Europe is currently struggling: artistic and social identity, (non)conformity, resistance, social participation, borders, memory, violence, and urban transformations.

Participating artists: Mehtap Baydu, Nezaket Ekici, Ayşe Erkmen, Murat Germen, Ali Kazma, Volkan Kızıltunç, Servet Koçyiğit, belit sağ, Nasan Tur.

About The Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu

Opened in 2008, the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun is the first institution built in Poland since 1939 planned specifically for promoting contemporary visual arts and forms of expression. Though not in Warsaw, the center of Poland, CoCA has succeeded in becoming one of the leading national institutions dedicated to contemporary art. The fact that Torun has one of the most important universities in the country – Nicolas Copernicus University – is also relevant in terms of CoCA's mission to promote contemporary culture and educate diverse target groups.

The artistic program is international, multidisciplinary and naturally very sensitive towards local issues, as it fosters a lifelong learning attitude based on the conviction that an art institution first of all has a socially active and educational role. The institution has a diverse audience and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually.