190514 : Galerie Hubert Winter - Nil Yalter

Galerie Hubert Winter Nil Yalter 09.05.2015 – 21.06.2014 Nomads of work By Susanne Rohringer The Hubert Winter Gallery is presently showing conceptual installations by the Turkish-French artist, Nil Yalter, which she created on her journey through Europe in the 70's. Nil Yalter, born 1938 in Cairo, moved in the 40's to Istanbul with her Turkish parents. She moved to Paris in her 27th year and still lives in the city aged 76. In his gallery, Hubert Winter is now showing a very specific selection of the comprehensive works by Nil Yalter. The installative????? work, "Orient Express" from 1976 can be seen in the main room. At that time, Yalter took one of the last trains from the Gare de Lyon through Yugoslavia and Bulgaria to Istanbul. This train transported work migrants for the western industries to Central and Western Europe. The influx of so-called "migrant workers" continued in large waves up to the time of the oil crisis in 1973. Thereafter, it bottomed out and "was no longer wanted on this scale" by the "host countries". That meant a deterioration in the situation of the migrant workers in Europe. In Yalter's work, "Orient Express", the artist captures this journey by means of photography, 16mm film, and drawings. She shows the faces of the travelling men looking out of the train window, the ever-present cigarette smoke. Tense expectation is written on the people's faces, as is the hardship of their existence. With “Orient Express”, she created an unmistakable artistic document. On one of her journeys in the 70's, Nil Yalter came to Neuenkirchen near Hamburg, where she photographed the preparations for a village festival and in so doing, came across Frau Meisel. Working as a cleaning lady, Frau Meisel was the ordinary wife of a truck driver. Yalter photographed her on the job and interviewed her about her life. It's a small, feministic look at a woman's life that Yalter often thematised in her other works, not shown here. In particular, she interviewed Turkish emigrant women whose stories were to be seen in the large work, "Turkish Immigrants" at the 10th Paris Biennale in 1977. Another work by Nil Yalter – "Paris Ville Lumiere" from 1974 – can also be seen at Hubert Winter: It concerns 20 strips of material which thematise individual Parisian districts. Together with the artist, Judy Blum, she explored each district one after the other and captures the peculiarities with the camera. It's an assurance of the here and now and it's an act of appropriation. This work also throws light on the difficulties of an artist of Turkish descent who tries to be successful in Paris. Without doubt, Nil Yalter succeeded in doing the latter. It's nice to be able to now see these early works in Vienna. Works that also constitute an essence of her artistic capability. Galerie Hubert Winter 1070 Vienna, Breite Gasse 17 Tel: +43 1 524 09 76 Fax: +43 1 524 09 76 9 email: office@galeriewinter.at http://www.galeriewinter.at Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 11 - 18, Sa 11 - 13h

Galerie Hubert Winter
1070 Wien, Breite Gasse 17
Tel: +43 1 524 09 76, Fax: +43 1 524 09 76 9
Email: office@galeriewinter.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr: 11-18h
Sa 11-14h

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