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Misal Adnan Yildiz with Fiona Clark (New Zealand) and Nilbar G├╝res (Austria/Turkey) are taking part in the Bolivian SIART Biennial.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 3:13:46 p.m.

Artspace Director Misal Adnan Yildiz has recently traveled to La Paz, Bolivia with Fiona Clark (New Zealand) and Nilbar Güres (Austria/Turkey) to take part in the Bolivian SIART Biennial.

2016 marks the 9th Bolivian SIART Biennial. This edition focuses on rethinking the contemporary from a local standpoint. Under the title Seeing with ears: poetics of temporality, SIART 2016 brings different artists, architects, writers and curators together around a central node to "turn the gaze inward and redefine ourselves from our own particular cultural fabric of belonging", as explained by its curator Joaquin Sanchez.

Yildiz's contribution as a curatorial collaborator was to facilitate the development of new works with Clark and Güres for specific locations in the city. Yildiz stated that: “For me Bolivia was an unknown landscape, Matilde Cazasola is a muse, and it was a dream to bring together Turkey’s Nilbar Güres with New Zealand’s Fiona Clark. For SIART, my curatorial intuition whispered to me to propose their context-sensitive projects as solo statements to respond to the framework of the biennial, 'Seeing is Hearing' and develop an open conversation with the growing, interesting and critical, queer, feminist and LGBTQIA context of La Paz. Clark shows two films edited and site-specifically installed at a unique room at the Museo Nacional de Arte whereas Güres creates a mixed media installation referring to the anima/animus, which universally exists in human nature and the social landscape.

I would like to dedicate our time and labour there to Mujeres Creando and the Galan Family.”

The exhibitions will be hosted by leading institutions, on view until 11th November in La Paz. At the Museo Nacional de Arte where cultural heritage is preserved Clark’s installation Carmen honours a major figure in NZ’s queer history, Carmen Rupe. Güres's exhibition at the Museo San Francisco plays with diverse media with reference to an imaginary landscape. Both artists have been part of Artspace’s exhibition programme in dialogue with Yildiz.

Biennial Programme

Artspace, Fiona Clark and Nilbar Güres would like to acknowledge Michael Lett, Galerie Martin Janda and Rhana Devenport for their support of this project.


FIona Clarke

Fiona Clark, Carmen, installation at the Museo Nacional de Arte, SIART 2016, La Paz Bolivia, courtesy of the artist, SIART and Michael Lett.


Nilbar Guresh

Nilbar Güres, Covered Flamingos, from the series STRANDED THOUGHTS IN A LANDSCAPE, 2016 Museo San Francisco, SIART 2016, La Paz Bolivia. Courtesy of the artist, SIART and Galerie Martin Janda

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