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Şakir Gökçebağ


SAHA supported the production of Şakir Gökçebağ’s new work for his solo exhibition at the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen held between 23 January–10 April 2016.

The exhibition “Reorientation” references the group of works that entail oriental carpets, constituting the centre of the exhibition. The installation is comprised of approximately 25 works including sculptures and photographs. In addition, the artist is exhibiting a number of new works featuring objects such as prayer beads, garden hoses and shoe brushes.

Through his deconstruction of everyday objects, Şakir Gökçebağ goes beyond the known in order to reveal its relativity and proposes alternative ways of experiencing life and society. His works are influenced by Ready-made, DADA, Surrealism, Bauhaus and Minimalism and explore the various layers of reality. Serial multiplication, deformation and deconstruction as well as linearity, clarity and simplicity play fundamental roles in his oeuvre, in which a silent poetry prevails. In the eyes of the spectator, the items gain new, strange, sometimes even absurd forms and meanings, which propose alternative uses, and therefore also leads to questioning of their original function and character. Besides object based works, Gökçebağ also produces photo-pieces, which play with the construction of reality and its photographic representation. 

About Şakir Gökçebağ

Şakir Gökçebağ was born in 1965 in Denizli. After his graduation from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, he pursued his career as an academician at the same university until 2001. Besides his exhibitions in Turkey, Gökçebağ has participated in numerous international exhibitions at the Arp Museum (Remagen), CentrePasqu Art (Bienne), Martin Gropius Bau (Berlin) and Sotheby’s (London). The artist has been given grants by the German and Austrian governments on several occasions, and has also been honored with the George Maciunas (Wiesbaden), Markus Lupertz (Düsseldorf), Stiftung Kunstfonds (Bonn) awards. He lives and works in Hamburg.

About Kunstverein Ludwigshafen

The Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, one of the oldest art institutions in Rhineland Palatinate, was founded in 1928. Since 1977, its permanent headquarters is in Bürgermeister-Ludwig-Reichert-Haus, which was built in 1956 and has a 500 m² exhibition hall. The Kunstverein Ludwigshafen’s main mission is to present contemporary art and make it visible. It aims to be a platform that provides an experimental approach to art and to promote young artists through the exploration of innovative circumstances. Kunstverein’s programme is determined by focusing on national and international solo exhibitions, themed group exhibitions and diverse media. Making art more accessible: guided tours, interviews with the artists, discussions and readings are regularly held to accompany the exhibitions.