Sites of Disorder

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Duran 03, 2012 C Print 80x60 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Akinci
Sites of Disorder

Lijnbaansgracht 317
1017 WZ Amsterdam
September 7th, 2013 - October 5th, 2013
Opening: September 7th, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Museum Area
+31 (0) 20 638 0480
Tue-Sat 1-6


AKINCI is proud to announce the first gallery exhibition of Deniz Buga, titled Sites of DisorderSites of Disorder attributes the three primary colours in image-construction to the three military interventions in the recent history of Turkey; 'Blue' for the 1960 Military Coup D’état, 'Green' for 1971 Military Memorandum, and 'Red' for 1980 Coup D’état. The work suggests that each catastrophic intervention hijacks one colour, and gradually appropriates the spectrum of public imagination. 

This installation is based on an archive of 7000 slides which was handed over to Deniz Buga by Lutfiye Duran (1923-2006) in 2005. Lutfiye Duran was an Istanbul based traveller and an amateur photographer who documented her immediate surroundings and travels in Turkey and around the world. Overlapping with the twenty year period of the Coups in Turkey, this archive bears family snapshots, city imagery and collected pre-made images from museums and various airline companies. Through this loose repertoire of images, Buga approaches image-construction as a (psycho-)somatic matter that marks the process of modernization and state formation in Turkey as a process of loss and pain. 

Film maker and photographer Deniz Buga (born 1982 in Istanbul) often uses archival material and footage for his work. The approach to his work is marked by the question: ‘How would you survive in a social space if you are already rejecting the very basic foundations it is relying on? He offers two options: ‘resignation or rebellion’.

Deniz Buga  studied between 2006 and 2010 at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and received 2009 NYU Fellowship of Excellency in Film making. Between 2011 and 2012 Buga was a Resident at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam. He has shown his films in numerous international festivals and institutions as Oberhausen Short Film Festival (Germany),  San Sebastian Film Festival (Spain), NewFest (New York), Pocket Films Screenings/Centre Pompidou (France), Curatorial Program Show, De Appel, (NL), C/O Berlin (Germany), Museum of Modern Art in Oxford (UK).

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