"Tactics of Invisibility" Arter Istiklal Caddesi, 211 Beyoğlu Istanbul April 9 – June 5, 2011 Arter, the Vehbi Koç Vakfı's contemporary art space on Istiklal Caddesi, keeps going from strength to strength. The space is arguably one of the most successfully tasteful restorations of a nineteenth century building in Beyoğlu; the exhibitions continue to showcase the work of fantastic Turkish artists. This latest show is a co-production between the Vehbi Koç Foundation and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, from Madrid. As Arter's website attests, "the works in the exhibition draw attention to the repressed or the silenced; they express the implications of exclusion from the regime of visibility, concealment as a means of reflection, and the uncanny state between presence and absence; and reveal what is beneath the surface". A lofty goal - but one that is, by and large, successful.
One of the exhibition's highlights was undoubtedly Füsun Onur's "Opus II - Fantasia", 2001-2011 - an installation of ceramic figurines, gold thread and needles that wind their way around a floor of the building. Elsewhere Cevdet Erek's hypnotic sound and digital installations are powerfully compelling. If anything, this exhibition was all too short - we await Arter's next offering with baited breath!