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Nil Yalter

October 14, 2016 – January 15, 2017

ARTER, İstiklâl Caddesi No. 211, Tünel, Beyoğlu


This exhibition, curated by Eda Berkmen, presents a thematic overview of Nil Yalter’s hybrid installations combining painting, photography, writing, collage, performance and video. Yalter’s work looks to the margins, focusing on invisible people, omitted facts, enclosed places and repressed emotions. She documents the struggles and dwellings of the unseen members of society: the labourers, women and immigrants. The majority of her subjects have been denied a place in official histories, hence the exhibition title.

A pioneer in the French feminist art movement of the 1970s, Yalter immersed herself in the debate around gender and migrant workers in Paris, where she has lived since 1965. Her interest in immigration can be seen in a number of works in the show, including ‘Temporary Dwellings’ (1974-1977) and ‘Exile is a Hard Job’ (1983). Beyond their significance as historical documents, these works are also flexible, permeable and multilingual fictional spaces that allow the audience to observe different points of view.


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