- What’s On
In this solo show, Halil Altındere focuses his attention on Muhammed Ahmed Faris, the first Syrian astronaut. Using his trademark social realist style, the artist documents Faris’s trajectory from his position as a national hero to his current life as a refugee in Turkey. Altındere poses the question of whether outer space – Mars, specifically – could serve as a haven for displaced Syrians. This proposition is simultaneously hyperbolic and realistic; the project aims to critique xenophobic rhetoric, while remaining hopeful for the emancipation of these refugees from oppression.
The installation, which was first exhibited at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k) in 2016, features oil paintings, videos and a virtual reality experience. New York readers should jump at the chance to see work by Altındere, one of Turkey’s most important artists working today.
The opening will be held on Saturday, January 6, from 6–8pm.