NBK is presently hosting Halil Altindere’s ambitious project titled “Space Refugee.”
Kathrin Becker is curator of the show. The artist had originally developed the concept for Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. The exhibit is a sardonic take on how the Europen Union is reluctant to let any more refugees into the continent. The artist takes a potshot at this geo-political subterfuge and feels that one day when refugees are no longer accepted by any country, the cosmic space will be the only safe haven left for them.The most salient feature of the exhibit a film based on the peripatetic life of Muhammed Ahmed Faris, a Syrian astronaut who completed a seven day journey to the space station Mir in the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-3. What an irony that today the man has been relegated to the life of a refugee because he supported the democratic movement against the Assad regime.
Altindere takes a cue from Socialist Realism and blends them with his portrayal of the heroic acts of the Soviet astronauts. So, the viewer gets to see a deliberate syllogism in the portrayal of Muhammed Ahmed Faris, for which he uses a documentary video and an aesthetically crafted silicone bust. The refugees, all wearing spacesuits embark on journey towards space and the mission is aptly named “Palmyra,” which depicts the refugees wandering around space through a virtual reality video. Altındere comes from a generation of artists who actively participated in Turkey’s cultural liberation movement that occurred during the 1990’s. His artistic practice mostly revolves around the sub continent’s geo-political subterfuge that has caused unprecedented commotion that has plagued the region since a very long time now. Born.1971, in Mardin, Turkey, Halil Altındere lives and works in Istanbul.
The exhibition will be on view through November 6, 2017 at NBK Gallery, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Chausseestrasse, 128/129,10115 Berlin
For details, visit: www.nbk.org
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.