010908: Salzburger Kunstverein, Künstlerhaus: Gülsün Karamustafa

Salzburger Kunstverein, Künstlerhaus: Gülsün Karamustafa The kaleidoscope of identities Gülsün Karamustafa’s work shown at the Salzburger Kunstverein could have been more opulent, extensive and thereby more diverse. Over the past three decades the artist’s work has been circling around aspects of identity, migration and cultural nomadism of the Turkish society - in a broad kaleidscopical synopsis of poetry and social criticism. The artist, who was born in Ankara in 1946, in the past years mainly concentrated on the narrative possibilities of video taking a clear look at what is going on beyond the “surface” of normative Turkish everyday life. The topics of her videos are manifold: she interviews former inmates and workers from Moldavia, conveys the social history of Istanbul’s colourful traffic junction Taksim, or shows touching close-ups of weeping Turkish businessmen. The wit and diversity of Gülsün Karamustafa’s work is surprising; after all, her passport had been confiscated for 16 years because of her critical stance against the authoritarian Turkish regime. During this time she dealt with Naïve art, conceptualised textile installations or initiated projects such as her 100-Dollar flea markets. The colourful and culturally heterogeneous life of the East-West-mega city Istanbul forms part of the richness of Karamustafa’s work. She ironically comments on the position of the Turkish woman, who is wedged between the contradictory positions of Kemalist modernism and traditional attributions. Fashion and Kitsch are therefore naturally also among the features taken up in her artwork. The Salzburg Kunstverein shows a three-part video installation titled “Tailor Made”, which was produced at an amateur fashion show in Istanbul. In the large exhibition hall her most recent project “The City and the Secret Panther Fashion” is presented. This colourful installation consisting of a video, photographs, video stills, and changing rooms, gives an insight into the underground Panther-fashion in Istanbul. Once again, this exhibit clearly shows that a number of great contemporary female artists are still not adequately represented. Congratulations to the Salzburger Kunstverein - please continue in this direction. Salzburger Kunstverein, Künstlerhaus 5020 Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstrasse 3, until 14. 09. 08 www.salzburger-kunstverein.at

Salzburger Kunstverein
5020 Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstrasse 3
Tel: +43 (0) 662/84 22 94-0, Fax: +43 (0) 662/84 07 62
Email: office@salzburger-kunstverein.at
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