ArtInternational returns to Istanbul’s Haliç Congress Center this coming weekend, from 26th until 28th September for its second year, presenting over 70 contemporary art galleries across the globe. This year’s selection includes Leila Heller Gallery from New York, Vienna’s Galerie Krinzinger, and Istanbul’s very own Rampa Gallery. The fair of the director states, “The interest from galleries this year, from the youngest to the most established, has been extremely sting and we will continue to showcase the most energetic galleries working today, both locally and internationally.” After its great debut last year, Ultra Vie presents the artworks from the fair on what to expect in ArtInternational Istanbul 2014.
Using actual banknotes and photographs, Carlos Aires’ ‘Disasters’ series conveys the connection between money and human-generated disasters, in delivering his comprehension of modern capitalism and its dynamics through art. Aires’ recent exhibitions includes his selected work in León’s Musac Museum’s “Colonia Apócrifa”, last June.
Tony Cragg’s ‘Atmos’ consists of a group of sculptures that represent a compilation of organic, administrative and technical-scientific languages, as well as scale experimentation. The Germany-based artist’s sculpture works constantly find new definitions within, from his admiration of philosophers and scientists. Cragg has been acknowledged by winning the Turner Prize in 1988, and was awarded the Japanese Premium Imperiale in 2007.
Tamara Kvesitadze puts the role of human being movements essential in her works of kinetic sculptures and paintings. By combining art and construction, Kvesitadze reflects her interest in the Greek philosophy of the aphorisms of Heraclitus, where movement is seen to be more comprehensive in contemporary sculpture. After showcasing her work in the Georgian Pavillion at Venice Biennale 2007, she was given the honour of representing her country at Venice Biennale 2011 with a solo presentation. Tamara Kvesitadze is today considered one of the most prominent Georgian artist.
Ramazan Bayrakoğlu believes the development of work takes time where he does not view photography as a limited medium. The Turkish artist finds that the matter of artist instinctis equivalent to the viewer’s reaction and interest. Bayrakoğlu recent exhibitions include “Emerging German and Turkish Artists from the Elgiz Collection” (2006) in the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art in Istanbul, as well as Istanbul Modern (2013).
Caroline Heider’s literal folded photographs define the photographic presentation as well as its meaning in overlapping and coinciding, as she states, “I put the image and the support into a new tension with each other. Haptic and hierarchical.” Heider is acknowledged in several awards, in which includes Outstanding Artist Award by the Austrian Ministry for Culture.
Berlin-based artist Clemens Behr works in plastic arts, presenting outdoors and indoors works, mainly experimenting with wood. Behr challenges viewers in perceiving his installations from its composition to conveying it through his interest, particularly in the interventions of urban space.
Pravdoliub Ivanov’s work depicts the shattered reality behind the exoticness of the Persian carpet, perhaps portraying the meaning of fairy tales within us. Prior to this year’s ArtInternational, Ivanov’s works have been recognised in the international art scene, since becoming a Founder Member of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia in 1995.