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Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz & Selim Birsel

SAHA provided support for the production of new works by Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz and Selim Birsel for their exhibition held between 24 February–12 March 2017 at Candyland.

Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz and Selim Birsel’s parallel interventions on the walls of the gallery constitute a complementary confrontation between Türkyılmaz’s living interactive MindMaps and Birsel’s ironic and ambiguous compositions with stamps. The fact that both artists make use of a modest technique does not prevent them from taking on difficult issues and challenging our expectation regarding what an artwork should look like and how it should be approached.

Candyland is a non-profit art space in Stockholm. Since 2004, Candyland has arranged 150 exhibitions in the gallery space accompanied by gigs, performances, workshops, and screenings. This has resulted in a wide variety of projects, often experimental and informal in their presentation, and a welcoming atmosphere, reaching new audiences.

About Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz

Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz (1968, İzmir) lives and works in Istanbul. Her main areas of concern are geography and cartography as a means of dealing with issues of borders, isolation, and the compressed and fast social life, which exist in a specific time and space. In her work, Türkyılmaz uses installations, videos and drawings to address the fluidity of cultures and people in contradiction with the rigid and static charting of maps, with their clearly demarcated borders. Her work is the result of tracings dependent on collective and personal memories. 

About Selim Birsel

Selim Birsel (1963, Brussels) lives and works in Istanbul. Birsel has shown works in local and international exhibitions since 1991, in a range of different medium including drawing, painting, installation, photography, video, and performance.  He has also assumed the role of curator for various projects and institutions, including for Sabancı University Kasa Gallery from 1999–2010 and from 2015 onwards. Birsel has been a directing member of BJCEM since 1999, has taught Visual Arts courses at Bilkent University between 1993–1999 and since 1999 has continued to teach undergraduate and master degree level art studio classes at Sabancı University.