- What’s On
Nevin Aladağ’s three-channel video installation Traces (2015), part of the Arter permanent collection, had to close soon after it opened in 2020. Happily the run has been extended. Her work is full of wit and charm, rhythm and music – a joy in fact. From a single image you would never get the point, but three images side by side create a magical world.
Traces creates a sound-and-image portrait of Stuttgart, the city the artist spent her childhood and early youth in. Urban and natural elements of the city, such as a walking trail, a vineyard, a tree, rain, wind, a lamppost, a playground, are transformed literally into performers of musical instruments (balloons are pretty nifty on a trumpet) – an accordion, a frame drum, a harmonica, a flute and a violin, etc – all acquired by the artist acquired in Stuttgart.
Performance, video, photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations are all y a sense of play and a mise-en-scène and frequently includes music and musical instruments. Even when music, the elements of natural sound, performance and dance are often present.
In Traces, the city not only becomes a stage but also emerges as the subject of the performance.
Nevin Aladağ was born in Van in 1972, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, and currently lives and works in Berlin.
You can see the wonderfully playful video at the Venice Biennale here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb8F97I6Qtw.