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Open Phone Booth/Açık Telefon Kulübesi

September 14, 2013 – October 26, 2013

Rampa Istanbul, Şair Nedim Caddesi No 20, Kat -2, Akaretler, Beşiktaş

In Rampa’s main exhibition space, Istanbul-born, Vienna-based artist Nilbar Güreş showcases her striking installation, ‘Open Phone Booth’. The work premiered in 2011 at the Frieze Art Fair in London, which is at the forefront of international art fairs, and is being exhibited in Turkey for the first time.

Comprising of a three-channel video and a series of photographs, the work was inspired by observations done in an Alevi-Kurdish village in Bingöl, Anatolia, which is largely deprived of basic infrastructural elements such as roads, water and telecommunications. The photographs show the stunning pastoral landscapes of the village and portraits of the villagers. Meanwhile, the video shows an almost comical, yet poignant scenario – as there is dodgy reception in the region, villagers have to leave their homes and climb up hills to be able to do one of the most banal tasks: making a phone call.

Although there are many subjects which the exhibition confronts such as economic transformation, communication technologies and the meaning of civil rights, the beautiful, poetic and sometimes surreal photographs make it worth seeing alone.

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