In May we are presenting several events as part of the project Actopolis. The Art of Action.
ACTOPOLIS brings together artists, urbanists and activists from South-Eastern metropolises and the Ruhr region in a joint production laboratory, because questions relating to the future of urban life can no longer be dealt with on a merely local level. ACTOPOLIS is a call to action and to co-author the city – across disciplines, national boundaries and cultural differences.
The project takes place in Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Ankara/ Mardin, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb.
A project by Goethe-Institut and Urbane Künste Ruhr.
Artistic direction: Angelika Fitz and Katja Aßmann.
Curators of Bucharest Actopolis: Ștefan Ghenciulescu (Zeppelin) and Raluca Voinea (tranzit.ro/ București).
During his short residency in Bucharest, artist Seçkin Aydın will realize an intervention in the space of tranzit.ro.
This work consists of human silhouettes made by shoelaces and shoes which are found after any disaster. The silhouettes, imagined by the artist, are the image of the owner of the shoes whose stories just scattered or were interrupted. There are several silhouettes in the exhibition planned for Bucharest. Some of the shoes were found in Sur where there was a war in last months. Others were found among the boats and life vests on the Aegean coast of Turkey.
Seçkin Aydın is an artist and academic. He studied Painting, Sociology, Art Education, Costume and Textile Design. He has a Ph.D in Art, and PhD. Degree of Media and Cultural Studies. Seçkin Aydın works for Batman University as head of the Painting department. He directs Bat Art Lab in Batman.
In his works he mostly focuses on urbanism, disCommunication, collective memories, stories of civilians' survival strategies during and after wars. He has participated in and curated many exhibitions, workshops, residencies and biennials in different countries.
9 – 27 May 2016
Wednesdays and Fridays: 3 to 7 pm
Thursdays: 4 to 8 pm
The exhibition takes place in the framework of the exchange between the cities participating in the project Actopolis. Seçkin Aydın is a participant in the Ankara/ Mardin programme of Actopolis, curated by Pelin Tan.