SAHA provides production and publication support for Aykan Safoğlu’s solo show at Kunstverein Göttingen, held on 17 October – 5 December 2021. "I'll be your mirror" is an exhibition and publication project developed along with the artistic work as well as the life and migration story of the artist Aykan Safoğlu. In the project, curated by Vincent Schier together with the artist, Safoğlu's companions are brought into the center – thus creating a multi-voiced exhibition that tells stories about friendship, networks, activism, and migration and turns the solo show into a group project.
The exhibition "I'll be your mirror" follows the life, migration and family history of Aykan Safoğlu. The year 2008 is the starting point of the exhibition — it’s the year in which the artist moved from Istanbul to Berlin. From there, the exhibition weaves video essays, installations and photographs into a variety of stories that thematize migration, heroes of the past, remembrance work and history, describing both historical facts and individual experiences. Safoğlu’s friends and companions, whom he includes in his work as allies and protagonists, play an important role in the narratives that appear in the exhibition. I’ll be your mirror is an invitation to immerse oneself in the history of Safoğlu and his companions, offering, at the same time, a starting point to reflect on one’s own experiences and personal memories.
Founded in 1968, Kunstverein Göttingen presents and supports contemporary visual art while offering a broad range of art education programs. With its program of exhibitions and events, the institution is well-established within the cultural landscape of Göttingen—and enjoys a reputation extending well beyond. The program of the Kunstverein focuses on the work of young contemporary artists from Germany and abroad who work in an international context—and often presenting an artist’s first institutional exhibition in Germany.
Aykan Safoğlu was born in Istanbul in 1984. After graduating from Istanbul Bilgi University, where he studied film, he completed his master′s degree in "Art in Context" at the University of the Arts Berlin in 2010. He also completed his MFA in Photography at Bard College in New York in 2013. Since 2005, Safoğlu has made several short films, published articles and reviews in various magazines. He has participated in many group exhibitions and curated them. In 2013, he received the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen in the 59th international Short Film Festival Oberhausen for his short film "Kırık Beyaz Laleler (Off-White Tulips)." Safoğlu was awarded a 2014 residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. He is a member of the curatorial collective “ğ” (soft g). Currently, Safoğlu lives and works in Berlin.