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Meriç Algün Ringborg’s New Commissions project\, The Libr ary of Unborrowed Books\, opens at Art in General from 26 January – 23 March 2013\, at the sixth floor galleries\, 79 Walker Street\, NY.

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The project\, presenting hundreds of books that have never been borrowed fr om the Center for Fiction’s library\, calls into question what subjects in any contemporary moment have ‘currency’ or desirability\, and brings attent ion to topics and stories that have been temporarily overlooked but that co uld have their relevance restored in the future.

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Following its firs t iteration in 2012 with the Stockholm Public Library in Sweden\, where the project aroused great public and critical interest\, for the presentation at Art in General\, Meriç Algün Ringborg will make selections of books from the Center for Fiction\, the only nonprofit in the U.S. solely dedicated t o celebrating fiction. These books will then go on institutional loan to Ar t in General for the public to access for the first time in an environment that emulates the atmosphere of the Center\, but that is experienced within the context of a contemporary art space. 

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Excerpted from a dialogu e with the artist:

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The Library of Unborrowed Books bases it self on the concept of the library as an institution manifesting language a nd knowledge\, of the passing of awareness and the openness to all types of people and litera- ture.This work\, however\, comprises books from a selec ted library that have never been borrowed.The framework in this instance hi nts at what has been disregarded\, knowledge essentially unconsumed\, and p uts on display what has eluded us.

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Why these books aren’t ‘chosen\, ’ why they are overlooked\, will never be clear but whatever each book cont ains\, en masse they become representative of the gaps and cracks of histor y\, or the cataloging of the world and the ambivalent relationship between absence and presence. In this library their existence is validated simply b y being borrowed\, underlining their being as well as their content and for m by putting them on display in an autonomous library dedicated to the book s yet to have been revealed.”

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This exhibition is supported by SAHA< /p>\n

 

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Meriç Algün Ringborg

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Meriç Algün Ringborg was born in 1983 in Istanbul\, and currently lives and works in S tockholm. She stud- ied at Sabancı University\, Istanbul\, from 2002–2007 a nd obtained a BA\, Visual Arts and Communication Design\, followed by an MA in Fine Arts from the Royal Institute of Art\, Stockholm (2010-2012). Sele cted recent and upcoming group exhibitions include: When Attitudes Becam e Form Become Attitudes\, Museum of Contemporary Art\, Detroit (2013)\; Signs Taken in Wonder\, MAK\, Vienna (2013)\; Incremental Change \, Galeri NON\, Istanbul (2012)\; When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes\, CCA Wattis Insti- tute\, San Francisco (2012)\; Show Off \, Malmö Konsthall\, Malmö (2012)\; An Incomplete History of Incom- plete Works of Art\, Francesca Minini\, Milan (2012)\; Untitled (12t h Istanbul Biennial)\, 2011 and Danföredan- föredanföredan\, Index - Th e Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation\, Stockholm (2010). She had her first solo exhibition in Stockholm\, 2010 titled The Concise Book of Visa App lication Forms. Other solo presenta- tions include A Hook or aTail\, Frutta Gallery\, Rome (2013)\; Becoming European\, Meessen De C lerq\, Brus- sels (2012)\; Prompts and Triggers: Meriç Algün Ringborg\, Line No.2 (Holy Bible)\, Witte de With\, Rotterdam (2012). Currently sh e is a resident at IASPIS - The Swedish Arts Grants Committee's Internation al Programme for Visual Artists.

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