colony is a group exhibition that will be held at Abud Efendi Konağı in Istanbul between the dates 23 December 2017 – 3 February 2018. Fostered by the globally immediate socio-political juncture, artistic production, and academic discourse, colony brings the definition of ‘human’ into question. Engaging critically with the means of making knowledge, science, technology, and politics, the exhibition questions that which privileges the human species by attributing a prioritised conception of existence to mankind. Through the agency of intimating a body and body-beings, colony gathers together artistic inquiries that reconsider constructed dichotomies such as human/non-human, nature/culture, and organic/synthetic. Across moralism(s) and between female-male morphologies fixed in procreation, colony explores the constitutive ways in which nature’s sanctions of normativity operate. Interfaced with discussions around language and gender, the exhibition probes for contemporary (collective) bearings that evade self-constituted, human-centered narratives derived from the alliance of culture-history-society-power.
Through the scope of post-human and queer critique kinship, colony embodies a range of perspectives that discuss these critical narratives.
artists and participants that constitute the colony; Yavuz Erkan, Ursula Mayer, Nilbar Güreş, Erinç Seymen & Uğur Engin Deniz, Daria Martin, Gökçe Yiğitel, Mary Maggic, İris Ergül, Katja Novitskova, Furkan Öztekin, Dynasty Handbag, Aykan Safoğlu, İz Öztat and Zişan, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Mariah Garnett, Umut Yıldırım, Yasemin Nur and Let the Good Times Roll. colony is corporealised by the curation of Kevser Güler, Derya Bayraktaroğlu, and Aylime Aslı Demir.
colony alludes to co-existence rather than the human subject
empowering itself by life-affirming thoughts, conceptions, matterings, and productions
controverts the dominance of necropolitics
seeking the possibilities of a kind of vital materialism that draws strength from desire, joy, pleasure, and resistance
cruising in a time-space composed of new affinities, reliable companions and intra-actions
23 December 2017 – 3 February 2018
Abud Efendi Mansion, Sultanahmet