Ergin Çavuşoğlu, shortlisted for two of the most prestigious contemporary art awards, will present his ideas in “Artists Talk – An Introduction to contemporary art”
On May, 12th (Saturday), from 11:00 to 14:00 in Sofia City Art Gallery, the artist selected for two of the most prestigious contemporary art awards – Beck’s Futures, 2004 and Artes Mundi from 2012 – Ergin Çavuşoğlu, will present his work in the course series “Artists Talk – An Introduction to contemporary art”. The event is part of the educational platform “An Introduction to Contemporary art” organized for a second consecutive year by Open Arts Foundation and Sariev Gallery. The aim of the educational platform “An Introduction to Contemporary art” is to introduce to the Bulgarian audience the major topics, ideas and artists and to give a Bulgarian context to the understanding, interpretation and perception of contemporary art.
In 2012 the platform consists of two structural stages: “Sunday lectures” and “Artists talk”. The program for this year is with free entry thanks to our partners: America for Bulgaria Foundation, VIVACOM Fund and National fund culture.
Ergin Çavuşoğlu is a Bulgarian artist from Turkish descent who lives and works in London. He graduated from the National school of fine arts “Iliya Petrov” in Sofia, Bulgaria and subsequently received a BA in painting from the University of Marmara, Istanbul, MA from Goldsmiths, University of London and a PhD from the University of Portsmouth.
A focal point in the works of Çavuşoğlu is the study of the concepts of place – including the lack of place or its availability in the context of a given cultural situation. In the work process the artist uses different media: film, video, sound installation, sculpture and drawing. The contextual frame of his work examines the different states of mobility, by using a multitude of standpoints he is searching for the idea of place, the concepts of borders and travels. Çavuşoğlu’s works delve into the characteristics of concepts like ‘social spaces’, ‘mobile culture’ and ‘labour’ stressing on the socio-political landscape of human life. The themes in his work often emphasize on the specific character of the geographical region in order to explore how we use the public spaces. His latest large-scale drawings projected on the floor and walls of the exhibition hall are a reference to the objects of Duchamp, presented in a critical discourse.
He presented Turkey at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was shortlisted for two of the most prestigious contemporary art awards – Beck’s Futures, 2004 of the Institute of contemporary arts in London – with a very generous award fund of 65 000 pounds distributed between the winners, and for Artes Mundi from 2012. Some of his latest exhibitions are: Desire Lines /Duende/, 2011, presented in Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul; Crystal & Flame, 2010, London; Quintet without borders, Haunch of Venison Gallery, Zurich; Point of Departure, 2006 in the John Hanzard Gallery in Southampton and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; Entanglement, 2003, in Dundee Contemporary Arts, at the 8th Istanbul Biennial, British Art Show 6 and the 3rd Berlin Biennial.
Sofia City Art Gallery
Sofia, 1 Gurko Street
May 12 – 11:00 to 14:00 – Ergin Çavuşoğlu
Free entry without registration!
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The event is organized by Open Arts Foundation and Sariev Gallery with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation, VIVACOM Fund, and National fund culture.
For more information:
OPEN ARTS FOUNDATION
36 Otets Paisiy Street
Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria