Nilbar Güreş
Jumping Bed and Female Lovers
Exhibition: February 23 – April 13, 2018
Opening: February 23, 2018

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Galerie Tanja Wagner is very pleased to present the first solo show with Nilbar Güreş.

 

For her works, using photography, collage, drawing and video Nilbar Güreş places everyday life realities in theatrical settings which deal with cultural identity codes, especially female or queer. A lot of her work is based on long-term research and cultural observation by employing fieldwork practices; she lives with her protagonists and experiences their environment.

 

The protagonists are often communities and individuals who have found ways to exist outside of social norms, subverting conventions around gender and sexuality. What Nilbar Güreş produces contain symbols and meanings of resistence that transcend boarders and social structures which contain a playfulness and a humour that make the brutal reality bearable. In her most recent mixed media collage Frozen Zebra, 2017 the chained animal has lost its stripes to the background. A large male figure in the upper right corner is wearing a bridal veil blowing air towards male/female body parts that are lurking through the strips that could easily be bars. In Jumping Bed, 2017 a bulky figure and a bed are about to be flicked away by a palm tree – not yet clear if this means freedom or abandonment.

 

The issues at stake deal with a strong political standpoint and opressing limitations of life, including sexism, violence and gender inequality. She subtly brings into play the defensive attitude of western society toward the traditional dress codes of cultures influenced by religion. How I Met Your Mom, 2017 is a sculptural installation that consists of a textile figure placed on the wall hat could symbolize either a veiled Muslim woman or Maria. In the center of her face is a red circle as if she were blushing. Not far away a cactus figure made out of textile is standing in a terracotta pott, turning away ashamed, trying to cover his genitals.

 

Her collages and objects convey a high degree of sensuous materiality – they are strangely puzzling, often charged with eroticism, and lead into a multifaceted, contradictory reality that prompts reflection.

 

Nilbar Güreş was born in 1977 in Istanbul, studied at the Department of Fine Arts at the Marmara University in Istanbul and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She lives in Vienna and Istanbul.

 

She will have a major solo exhibition at Lentos Museum, Linz in June this year and will be participating in the Atlantic Biennale in September. Her work will also be part of the project Mutterzunge in Berlin and several group exhibitions e.g. at Jewish Museum Frankonia in Fürth and Schwules Museum in Berlin (2018).

 

Her works have been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2017-18); Jewish Museum Berlin (2017); MAK, Vienna (2017); 20th Biennale of Sydney, Cockatoo Island (2016); Serralves Museum, Porto (2015); Malmö Konstmuseum (2015); Artspace Auckland (2015); SeMa Biennale Mediacity Seoul (2014); EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City (2014); The 31. Bienal de São Paulo (2014); MAK, Vienna (2013); The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2011); 6th Berlin Biennial (2010); Secession Vienna (2010); 11th International Istanbul Biennial (2009). And touring exhibition “Tactics of Invisibility” at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2010); Tanas, Berlin (2010-11) and at ARTER, Istanbul (2011). The artist’s solo exhibitions are MQ, Vienna (2011); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2011); Rampa, Istanbul (2011), Iniva, London (2010-11); Rivington Place, London (2010) and Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2009).

Die Galerie Tanja Wagner freut sich, die erste Einzelausstellung mit Nilbar Güreş zu zeigen.

 

In ihren Fotografien, Collagen, Zeichnung und Videoinstallationen setzt Nilbar Güreş alltägliche Realitäten in theatralische Settings, die sich mit kulturellen Identitätscodes beschäftigen, vor allem weiblichen oder queeren. Viele ihrer Arbeiten basieren auf langfristiger Forschung und kultureller Beobachtung durch Praktiken der Feldforschung im Zusammenleben mit ihren Protagonisten.

 

Diese Protagonisten sind oft Gemeinschaften und Individuen, die Wege gefunden haben, außerhalb von sozialen Normen zu existieren und Konventionen in Bezug auf Gender und Sexualität auszuhebeln. In Nilbar Güreş Arbeiten finden sich Symbole von Widerstand, deren Grenzen soziale Strukturen überschreiten und deren Humor und Verspieltheit die brutale Realität erträglicher machen. In ihrer neuesten Mixed-Media-Collage Frozen Zebra, 2017 hat das angekettete Tier seine Streifen an den Hintergrund verloren. Eine große männliche Figur in der oberen rechten Ecke trägt einen Brautschleier, sie bläst Luft in Richtung männlicher/weiblicher Körperteile, die zwischen den Streifen auftauchen und leicht Gefängnisstäbe sein könnten. In Jumping Bed, 2017 wird eine bauchige Figur samt Bett von einer Palme geschnipst – noch ist nicht klar, ob dies Freiheit oder Verlassenheit bedeutet.

 

In den Arbeiten geht es oft um einen starken politischen Standpunkt und um Einschränkungen von gesellschaftlicher Lebensbedingungen, Sexismus, Gewalt und Ungleichheit der Geschlechter eingeschlossen. Sie bringt auf subtile Weise die defensive Haltung der westlichen Gesellschaft gegenüber den traditionellen Kleiderordnungen der von der Religion beeinflussten Kulturen ins Spiel. How I Met Your Mom, 2017 eine skulpturale Installation, die aus einer an der Wand befestigten Textilfigur besteht, die entweder eine verschleierte muslimische Frau oder Maria symbolisieren könnte. In der Mitte ihres Gesichts ist ein roter Kreis, als würde sie erröten. Nicht weit entfernt steht eine Kaktusfigur aus Textil in einem Terrakottatopf, der sich beschämt umdreht und versucht, seine Genitalien zu bedecken.

 

Ihre Collagen und Objekte vermitteln ein hohes Maß an sinnlicher Materialität – sie sind seltsam rätselhaft, oft erotisch aufgeladen und führen in eine facettenreiche, widersprüchliche Realität, die zum Nachdenken anregt.

 

Nilbar Güreş, geboren 1977 in Istanbul, studierte Bildende Künste an der Marmara Universität in Istanbul und Malerei und Grafik an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien. Sie lebt und arbeitet in Istanbul und Wien.

Im Juni dieses Jahres eröffnet eine umfangreiche Einzelausstellung der Künstlerin im Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz. Sie nimmt an der Atlantik Biennale teil, die im September eröffnet. Ihre Arbeiten werden 2018 u.a. bei dem Projekt Mutterzunge in Berlin, im Jüdischen Museum Franken in Fürth und im Schwulen Museum in Berlin zu sehen sein.

Ihre Arbeiten waren Teil von folgenden Ausstellungen: Jüdisches Museum Berlin; MAK, Wien (2017); 20th Biennale of Sydney, Cockatoo Island (2016); Serralves Museum, Porto (2015); Malmö Konstmuseum (2015); Artspace Auckland (2015); SeMa Biennale Mediacity Seoul; EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City; The 31. Bienal de São Paulo (2014); MAK, Wien (2013); Museum der Modernen Kunst, Istanbul (2011); 6th Berlin Biennial; Sezession Wien (2010); 11th International Istanbul Biennial(2009). And touring exhibition “Tactics of Invisibility” at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2010); Tanas, Berlin (2010-11) and at ARTER, Istanbul (2011). The artist’s solo exhibitions are MQ, Vienna (2011); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2011); Rampa, Istanbul (2011), Iniva, London (2010-11); Rivington Place, London (2010) and Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2009).

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