‘Resource Utopia’ at Elgiz Museum

‘Resource Utopia’ at Elgiz Museum

‘Resource Utopia’ at Elgiz Museum

The Elgiz Museum in Istanbul will present a photography and video exhibition in pursuit of ideas for other utopias entitled “Resource Utopia” in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Istanbul, Pavlov’s Dog Art Gallery in Berlin and NOKS Independent Art Space. 

Following a period of workshops, eight artists from Turkey under the age of 40 will exhibit their photography and video works between Nov. 14, 2018 and Jan. 12, 2019. 

Inspired by the German philosopher Ernst Bloch’s “Principle of Hope,” the exhibition consists of the outcomes of three workshops that lasted for eight months. 

The artists in the exhibition include Altay Tuz, Beril Ece Güler, Burak Dikilitaş, Cansu Yıldıran, Egemen Tuncer, Müge Yıldız, Serhat Kır and Sevinj Yusifova were selected by Michael Biedowicz (photo editor of ZEIT Magazine and founder of Pavlov’s Dog Art Gallery), Andreas Rost (curator and photographer) and artist Volkan Kızıltunç (co-founder of NOKS Independent Art Space). 

The artists are invited to interpret utopia as both a source of inspiration and as a basis that intends to illuminate meta-realities that consist of visual stories, reflecting experiences that may become metaphors of future realities. 

Exploring the generated visual realities, the exhibition focuses on the present rather than the future, as it consists of mainly photography and video works. Almost like an expression tool, time-based mediums act as an analogy for the present moment with a possibility to be analyzed in the future.