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Giving voices. Erkan Özgen

16 November 2018 — 24 February 2019

Erkan Özgen, 'Purple Muslim', 2018 © the artist, courtesy Fundaciò Han Nefkens y Fundaciò Antoni Tàpies.

The Han Nefkens Foundation and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies present Erkan Özgen’s first solo exhibition in Spain. At a time when a turbulent migration crisis is redefining our political and social ecosystem, Erkan Özgen’s work gives voice to a series of stories that could be forgotten due to rapid information flows, or could sometimes be intentionally overshadowed. These migration and war stories,  which are often connected to traumas and told with different levels of accuracy and objectivity, tackle the challenges of relating the experiences of each individual, as well as families and groups. Curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Giving Voices: Erkan Özgen will include newly commissioned works, such as Memory of Times (2018) and Aesthetic of Weapons (2018), as well as Purple Muslin (2018), a video produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation Production Grant, and premiered at the biennial Manifesta 12 in Palermo, or Wonderland (2016), a video premiered on occasion of Özgen’s recent participation at the 15th Istanbul Biennial.