A Particular Scenario, scenario I

A Particular Scenario

Scenario I, Cat in Box

exhibition by Paoletta Holst, Serkan Taycan & Christine Bax
28 May – 24 June 2016
Opening 28th May 2016, 6-10pm

A Particular Scenario is a three-series exhibition in which artists from Turkey and the Netherlands will collaborate with a writer. A Particular Scenario focuses on storytelling as practice in contemporary art and each series will wander through a different theme, respectively land, water and wind. The project intends to create a personal, aesthetic and political connection between the cities of Amsterdam and Istanbul.

Corridor project space is a platform where stories on cultural narratives, history and collective memory are shared with the public in a dialogue between contemporary art from Turkey and the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Christine Bax writes continuous prose that will thread and mesh the three exhibitions together. Her text will illuminate how all of us, the artists but also the visitors are far more interconnected than we initially thought. The text together with the exhibitions’ research materials and pictures will be published after the end of September, when the project comes to a close. This will be published in English and Turkish in the book “A Particular Scenario”.

“Transgression / Transition, an exploration of the Senne and its surroundings” by Paoletta Holst is an ongoing research project on the Belgian Senne river. In April 2015, the project was initiated by a field research along the Senne by walking 103 km along the course of the river. The diverted, polluted and forgotten river has seen its surroundings turned into a site for all kinds of informal use. The decades-long absence of a comprehensive and interregional planning policy, fueled by the ostrich politics of the three Belgian regions, has made the river into a ‘non-place’ or ‘fringe’. The Senne manifests itself as an area of transgression, meandering through city and countryside. Transgression / Transition will explore the river with these considerations in mind and see how its surroundings today offer room for that what falls outside the norm.

“Between Two Seas” by Serkan Taycan is an artistic and activist project – first presented at the 13th Istanbul Biennial in 2013. It is a four-day walking route in the near west of Istanbul, between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, which allows one to experience the threatening transformation of Istanbul on foot. Over a four-day hike, individuals and groups have been covering 60km of trail since 2013. “Between Two Seas” is both a proposal and an invitation; it is an action that consecrates the rhythm of walking, which opens the soul to perceive the world. This action is perhaps the most auspicious project that will open a passage between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. In the first exhibition of “A Particular Scenario”, Taycan will share part of his archive of the walking route in a new installation and will share his experience during the opening at Corridor Project Space.


SAHA provided production support for Serkan Taycan.
De Jan van Eyck academie and Mondriaan Fonds provided production for Paoletta Holst and Christine Bax.

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