- What’s On
South African-born, Belgium-based conceptual artist Kendell Geers’ first solo exhibition in Istanbul could not have come at a more pertinent time.
A collection of paintings, drawings and examples of historical sculptures form the basis of an exhibition which examines themes such as ‘meditation upon violence and poetry, the struggle between creation and destruction, [and] the fragile balance between flesh and spirit’. Geers looks at how the works of artists can help the world by liberating it of logical thought and providing a more mystical explanation. He believes that is it is art which can free and unite people separated by language, culture and ideologies.
Always fascinated by Istanbul and its many splendours and mysteries, Geers constructed the exhibition particularly for the city. But, landing in Istanbul and being met with the protests that started rather peacefully and escalated into something much more intense very quickly, meant that Geers’ exhibition took on a whole new meaning. In a statement he released once in Istanbul, he says: ‘I dedicate my exhibition to the streets of Istanbul, to the people protesting for a better future and to the trees and plants of a tiny park begging to be saved as living monuments and reminders of the inter-connectedness of life and spirit. I dedicate my exhibition to everybody that still believes and will never abandon hope.’