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A Promised Exhibition

September 12, 2013 – January 5, 2014

SALT Beyoğlu, İstiklâl Caddesi No. 136, Beyoğlu

The most comprehensive exhibition of painter and former film art director Gülsün Karamustafa’s works to date, both in Turkey and internationally, will be on view at both SALT Beyoğlu, where the majority of the works will be, and SALT Galata which will feature two further works.

A Promised Exhibition takes its name from Karamustafa’s series ‘Promised Paintings’ (1998–2004) and puts into perspective the two disparate yet concurrent aspects of Karamustafa’s artistic career, namely her paintings made with the local audience in mind and a more intrepid experimental practice which she adopts in some of her other works.

Karamustafa has enjoyed a lustrous career since she graduated from the State Academy of Fine Arts in 1969, including being hired as an art director on some of the popular Yeşilçam melodramas that dominated Turkish screens between the 1960s and mid-1980s. The exhibition spans the artist’s entire oeuvre including painting, collage, installation and video. Comprising a comprehensive selection of her works, the exhibition does not unfold in a chronological manner, but attempts to mimic the spiral movement of the artist’s practice.

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