Nevin Aladağ’s three-channel video installation entitled Traces creates a sound-and-image portrait of Stuttgart, the city where the artist spent her childhood and early youth. Urban and natural elements of the city, such as a walking trail, a vineyard, a tree, rain, wind, a lamppost and a playground, are transformed into performers of musical instruments, including an accordion, a frame drum, a harmonica, a flute and a violin, all of which the artist acquired from Stuttgart.
Producing in various media such as performance, video, photography, sculpture, and site-specific installation, Aladağ is inspired by a sense of play or a mise-en-scène at times and frequently includes music and musical instruments in her practice. While some of her works directly feature music, the elements of sound, performance and dance are also present in her other works through dialogues.
In this work entitled Traces, the city not only becomes the stage but also emerges as the subject of the performance. The visual and auditory composition of the work explores and reinterprets the potentials of the instruments the artist puts into dialogue with urban elements or releases into the landscape.
Nevin Aladağ was born in 1972 in Van and currently lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Aladağ has had solo exhibitions at SF MOMA (San Francisco, USA), Hayward Gallery (London, UK), Museum Mönchehaus (Goslar, Germany), Kestner Gesellschaft (Hanover, Germany), Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Germany), Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (Austria), Arter (Istanbul, Turkey), and Tanas (Berlin, Germany) among other venues. She has also participated in many group exhibitions, including And Berlin Will Always Need You, Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin); Big Orchestra, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; Water Lines, the High Line (New York); Worlds Otherwise Hidden, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, Missouri); Open Spaces 2018 (Kansas City, Missouri); documenta 14 (Kassel, and Athens), the 57th Venice Biennale, Sharjah Biennial 11, the 11th Istanbul Biennial, the 8th Taipei Biennial, and the XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara.