Şükran Moral

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg / Germany

May 21, 2014

Şükran Moral

18 May–31 August 2014

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art
Katharinenstraße 23
D-26121 Oldenburg

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This first solo exhibition of Şükran Moral in Germany shows a representative selection of her interdisciplinary works—installation, video, photography, drawing—from 1994 to the present, including two new installations produced specifically for the Edith-Russ-Haus: Child-Bride and Tales to a Young Girl.

A transgressive mind and a critical stance permeate her entire oeuvre. Her performances call disciplinary mechanisms, the influence of moral concepts, inequality, discrimination, power monopolies as well as the instruments of culture into question. In doing so, she critically and ironically enters into a constant dialogue with her environment and establishes relationships between public and private spaces, such as a brothel, a Turkish bath for men or a village square. On the other hand, Moral appropriates topoi and iconographies from an art context for the purpose of updating and transcending them.

Despite explicit references to her country of origin, the themes the artist addresses can be transferred to global contexts.

The exhibition is being accompanied by a catalogue.
Within the scope of the Turkey-Encounters Oldenburg.
Curator: Claudia Giannetti

Şükran Moral (b. 1962, Terme/Samsun, Turkey) lives and works between İstanbul and Rome. Famous on the international scene for over ten years, she is one of the more interesting contemporary artists. In the ’80s and ’90s she has written poems and has worked as a journalist and critic of art in Turkey. In 1989 she moved to Italy and in 1995 she graduated from painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

Rittrato di una Città, MACRO, Rome (2013); Light From the Middle East, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2012); Bodies of Silence, Royal College of Arts, London (2012); In Which Language Shall I Tell My Story…, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012); Desire,  Sexuality and Lust in Contemporary Art, KODE Arts Museum, Bergen, Norway (2012); AMEMUS, Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul (2010); New Acquisitions and Highlights, 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA (2009); Love and Violence, Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, Istanbul (2009); Modern and Beyond, Santral Istanbul Museum (2007); Peace… Fucking Fairy Tale, Galleria BND, Milan (2007); Zina – The Adulteress, 51 Biennial Venice, Italy (2007); 5th International Istanbul Biennial (1997).

Her works are included in numerous public and private collections: Arter, Istanbul; The British Museum, London; Istanbul Modern Art Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Deutsche Bank Collection, and Art Collection Telekom, Germany.