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Living Inside a Tale and There Only

May 14th – August 17th, 2019

Zilberman Projects, Istanbul, Turkey


The exhibition presents an extension of the solo exhibition Interrupted Halfway Through on view at Zilberman Gallery – Berlin between April 25, 2018 – July 27, 2019.

For her exhibition in the Berlin space, Burçak Bingöl carries various fragments from Istanbul to Berlin and makes a visual experiment by colliding times and spaces. In Living Inside a Tale And There Only she reflects this collision back by carrying Berlin to Istanbul. She makes a site-specific installation by covering the wall of Istanbul gallery with visuals of the classical West-Berlin interior of Zilberman Gallery in the Charlottenburg area. The interior of the Berlin space becomes the background of ceramic “translations” along with her new works with porcelain bibelots -which depict a European life style. She shifts the architectural form and image to create a fictional space. The in-between state of this particular installation has direct references to Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s description of the old Istanbulite as Living Inside a Tale And There Only and the later feeling of yearning for an imagined modernity associated with European cities.

Interrupted Halfway Through and Living Inside a Tale And There Only both work on the connection of the two spaces of the gallery through this specific dialogue. It functions at the intersection of different traditions in Istanbul and Berlin, and making these historical and cultural interactions visible in subjective ways.

A book accompanies the exhibition with contributions by Sevinç Çalhanoğlu, Lotte Laub, Wendy Shaw and Simon Wachsmuth.


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