LONDON.- Chisenhale Gallery
presents the first solo exhibition in a UK institution and a major new commission by Istanbul-based artist Banu Cennetoğlu.
Cennetoğlus work incorporates methods of mapping, collecting and archiving in order to question and challenge the politics of memory, as well as the distribution and consumption of information. For her commission at Chisenhale Gallery, Cennetoğlu has produced a new moving image installation presented in the gallerys exhibition hall.
The new multi-titled moving image work maps Cennetoğlus archive of digital images and videos sourced from various devices, including her mobile phones, computers, cameras and external hard drives. Starting on 10 June 2006 and ending on 21 March 2018, the work presents a continuous stream of unedited content, ordered in a chronological format. The work is 128 hours and 22 minutes in duration, and each day the gallery is open a new 6 hour-long file is presented.
The work traces over a decade of personal, social and political change from the banality of lifes small moments, to the birth of Cennetoğlus daughter, to documentation of her artistic practice, to numerous protests, ceremonies and cemeteries. In presenting an accumulation of digital content sourced over the past ten years, the work also documents changes in image production and circulation.
In conjunction with her installation at the gallery Cennetoğlu also facilitated the distribution of The List in The Guardian newspaper, in print and online on 20 June 2018, World Refugee Day. Compiled and updated each year by UNITED for Intercultural Action, an anti-discrimination network of 550 organisations in 48 countries, The List traces information relating to the deaths of 34,361 refugees and migrants who have lost their lives within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993 (documented as of 5 May 2018). Since 2007, in collaboration with art workers and institutions, Cennetoğlu has facilitated updated versions of The List using public spaces such as billboards, transport networks and newspapers. This edition of The List is produced by Chisenhale Gallery and Liverpool Biennial and it is the first time The List has been distributed to UK audiences.
Produced in parallel with one another, both Cennetoğlus sustained facilitation of The List and her artwork presented at Chisenhale Gallery, examine intimate and shared experiences of life and death and the responsibility inherent in recording these experiences. Made in response to The Lists attempt to record profound loss Cennetoğlus new moving image work inverts attention to her own subjectivity and to the impossibility of complete categorisation of ones own, and others, lives. Cennetoğlus commission at Chisenhale Gallery invites audiences to consider their own relationship to memory, loss, ownership and belonging.
Cennetoğlus exhibition continues Chisenhale Gallerys programme for 2018, which includes major new commissions by artists Lydia Ourahmane, Paul Maheke and Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Through her work, Cennetoğlu raises complex questions concerning the effects of geographic borders on bodies and how systems of governance influence everyday experience, themes that recur throughout Chisenhale Gallerys programme for 2018. As part of the commissioning process, discursive events are programmed in collaboration with each artist, and contribute to the organisations Engagement Programme of public talks and events held at the gallery and offsite.
Banu Cennetoğlu (b. 1970, Ankara, Turkey) lives and works in Istanbul. Previous solo exhibitions include: Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2015); Gentle Madness, Rodeo, London (2014); and Guilty feet have got no rhythm, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2011). Selected group exhibitions include: Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); documenta (14), Athens and Kassel; The Restless Earth, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (both 2017); 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014); Banu Bar Mixt, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest (2013); Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010); 53rd Venice Biennale/Pavilion of Turkey (2009); 3rd Berlin Biennale (2008); and 1st Athens Biennale and 10th Istanbul Biennale (both 2007).