SAHA provides publication support for Volkan Kızıltunç’s solo exhibition at Haifa Museum of Art, held on 11 February 2022 - 25 June 2022. Curated by Kobi Ben-Meir, Kızıltunç displays two of his prominent video works: The Unspectacular (2012), and The Look (2014) through which the artist ponders upon the global phenomenon of transformation that individuals and their environments undergo in times of gentrification.
Centered on photographic portraits, the exhibition brings two artists together, separated by a hundred years—Volkan Kızıltunç and August Sander. The subjects of the portraits look directly at the camera, but rather than momentary, one-sided gazes, these are long observations between the photographers and photographed. The gaze is a means of dialogue between two subjects, who acknowledge the other's subjectivity while looking at each other. Where the photographers and their subjects looked at one another, a bond of gaze is now formed between the viewer and the work of art.
The Look (2014) is a three-channel video based on the moments where the members of the families look at the camera. The eye contact between family members is transformed to eye contact between the persons in the film with the artist. Now it is a new interaction with the person and the viewer.
The Unspectacular (2012) creates a link between still and the moving image by addressing the two-dimensional boundary of photography. Kızıltunç chose individuals, who had been living in the city renewal project areas of Turkey in Istanbul, Nevşehir, and Trabzon. They either had lost their houses or were waiting for the demolition to take place in locations where the real differences occur and are visible. He asked his subjects to pose in order to take their photographs, however, the trick lay in the fact that the artist did not only take their photographs; he gave them a truly long exposure by means of video. Reminiscent of the nascent times of photography where the subject had to be still for a long period due to the exposure time, these contemporary figures remain still with only very minimalistic gestures that seem to break that moment. The subjects of his silent video present us not only with documentation of this ephemeral moment during times of transformation but also Kızıltunç offers us a moment of observation and contemplation.
Being elaborated in a complete correlation of those works, the artist’s book, SONDER, examines sequences that accentuate detachment from time and memory by classifying still images from 8 mm films so as to create typologies of memories.
About Haifa Museum of Art
The Haifa Museum of Art, established in 1951, while being one of the oldest museums in Israel, it is also the largest art institution in the north of Israel. Through temporary exhibitions and exhibiting the collection, the museum is mostly focused on modern and contemporary art. The museum is prominently located in an area of mixed Jewish, Muslim, and Christian residents. The museum's exhibitions program reflects the city's multiculturalism and is devoted to inclusiveness, and to allowing multiple voices to be heard. Haifa is a place where different and not-so-different Mediterranean cultures meet, and its main art museum –the Haifa Museum of Art –aims at exploring the cultural connectivity of the shared Mediterranean.
Volkan Kızıltunç (1976, Ankara) had studied BA and MFA in the photography department in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, and now has his Ph.D. in the same department where he's also working as a research assistant. He’s the co-founder of TOZ Artist Run Space which was active between 2015-2017 now co-founder and co-director of NOKS Independent Art Space since 2017. Recently he's been selected to the ISCP ( International Studio & Curatorial Program) artist residency program in New York, the United States as an artist from Turkey, supported by SAHA Foundation. He lives and works in Istanbul.
Kızıltunç’s photography and video works focus on time, observation, voyeurism, memory, topographical researches, archives, and typologies and try to analyze time in a wider perspective to open up discussions between photography and film.
His works have been exhibited in many international institutions like Elgiz Museum (2018), Istanbul Modern (2017), Sinop Biennial (2017), State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow, Russia (2017), Graeter Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan (2016), TORUN Museum of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland (2016), MAS Museum, Antwerp, Belgium (2015), Akbank Art Center (2015), TRAFO Center of Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland (2015), Detroit Center of Contemporary Photography, Detroit, USA (2015), Passau Museum of Modern Art, Passau, Germany (2014), ESSL Contemporary Art Museum, Vienna, Austria (2013), Teleglion Foundation of Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece (2012) and Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany (2011).