Arter initiates a new publication series, Arter Background, to accompany group exhibitions drawn from its collection, which holds more than 1,300 works of art as of 2019. This first book of the series accompanies one of the opening exhibitions of Arter’s new building, a collection-based group exhibition entitled What Time Is It?. Curated by Emre Baykal and Eda Berkmen, the exhibition is conceived around the concepts of memory, space and time. In the book, excerpts of texts selected around the ideas active in the curatorial process are complemented by new essays written specifically for this context, in line with Arter’s mission of encouraging artistic and cultural production. It thus features texts on themes associated with houses, everyday objects, personal and collective histories, inside and outside, urban rhythms, architecture, archaeology, borders and migration, and includes commissioned essays by Erdem Ceylan, Deniz Gül, Gökhan Kodalak, and Nil Sakman. While close-up visual excerpts taken from the art works are cited side by side with the texts, the installation views from the exhibition assume their places as the first entries into the memory of Arter’s new space.
With contributions by
Etel Adnan • Guillaume Apollinaire • Marc Augé • Ingeborg Bachmann • Matsuo Basho • Joe Brainard • Sevim Burak • Erdem Ceylan • Boubacar Boris Diop • Harun Farocki • Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht • Deniz Gül • Nurdan Gürbilek • Christopher F. Hasty • Eric Hattan • Stephen Hawking • Zbigniew Herbert • Cem İleri • Gökhan Kodalak • Milan Kundera • Henri Lefebvre • Édouard Levé • Agustín Fernández Mallo • Jonas Mekas • Georges Perec • Fernando Pessoa • Marcel Proust • Rodrigo Quian Quiroga • Rainer Maria Rilke • Yannis Ritsos • Nil Sakman • Bruno Schulz • W.G. Sebald • Susan Sontag • Wallace Stevens • Stefan Zweig