Viron Erol Vert: Family Matters
Viron Erol Vert
Responder: Fisun Yalçınkaya
In the book launch at Depo in İstanbul, artist Viron Erol Vert and editors Kristina Kramer and <çDidem Yazıcı will discuss the making of the book and its similarities to the exhibition making process. The event will begin with a video screening, continue with a conversation and end with a respond by writer and editor Fisun Yalçınkaya, followed by Q&A.
The publication Family Matters: Conversations about Old Spirits, the Question of Belonging, and Complementary Spaces by German-Turkish-Greek artist and Tarabya alumnus Viron Erol Vert documents for the first time a cross-section of his works that have been created over the past twelve years between the metropolises of Berlin, Istanbul, and Athens. Fundamentally shaped by the condition and atmosphere of being in-between, Vert’s artistic practice interweaves points of connection and friction between different cultures, materials, languages, forms of expression and ways of seeing to create a hybrid identity.
In immersive installations, sculptures, and visual works, Vert questions the construction of identity in relation to material culture, the readymade and art object, as well as issues of belonging in a post-globalized multicultural society. With reference to historical and contemporary socio-political developments, and in the interaction between Orient and Occident, technology and religion, physics and esotericism, and logos and myth, he demonstrates a variety of concepts of the self and the other against the backdrop of cultural supremacy as a consequence of identity politics.
Based on Vert’s personal multicultural background and his own family history, the book combines in three comprehensive chapters questions about urban culture and intersections of ancestry and socialization in diverse cosmopolitan and queer lifestyles and subcultural contexts such as Berlin’s club scene.
With contributions by Nadja Abt, Ingo Arend, StéphaneBauer, Zuri Maria Daiß, Tülin Duman, Yusuf Etiman, Katerina Gregos, Hans Peter Hahn, Marius Kwint, Isabel Lewis, Beral Madra, Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis, BigeÖrer, Mohammad Salemy, Eva Scharrer, Wendy M. K. Shaw, Angelika Stepken, Jonas Tinius, Viron Erol Vert, DidemYazıcı, Misal Adnan Yıldız, and Kourosh Zarghani.
Published by Distanz
Designed by Krzysztof Pyda
Supported by Tarabya Cultural Academy and SAHA