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15.04 – 31.12.2021



The museum has played an essential role in the visibility of young artists in the international art world and the development of many contemporary mediums such as performance and video art in Turkey. Today, Elgiz Museum focuses on video art on its 20th anniversary, proudly presenting the exhibition “From Proje 4L” with the selected video works shown in the first three years of the museum. From the exhibitions Becoming A Place (2001), Look Again (2002) and I’m Too Sad To Kill You (2003), three separate video works of Gülsün Karamustafa, Hale Tenger, and Fikret Atay are once again brought together with the audience, with the visual narrative of that times.

“Becoming a Place,” started the story of Proje 4L in 2001 and made a tremendous impact in the press at the time, was curated by Vasıf Kortun. Based on the exhibition’s location, between the business district and the neighborhood of squatter houses, Karamustafa questions interior-exterior and private-public space issues from the gender point of view with three black-and-white videos, directed by Atıf Yılmaz. “Men Crying” is one of the early works of Karamustafa, whose first solo exhibition opened in 1978 and took place in Turkey at Elgiz Museum once again, after being shown in many countries such as Germany, Spain, and Japan.

In 2002, Look Again, bringing together the artists from Istanbul, London, Amsterdam, Izmir, Ankara, and Diyarbakır and also curated by Kortun, asked the audience, “Should look again, but where? What does an artwork end and start?”. With these questions in our minds, in the 5-monitor video installation of Tenger, who has been working on social memory since her first exhibition in 1990, we watch the circus scenes slowed down and repeated.

Based on the proposition of the exhibition, “To look again is to make a new and another meaning behind what we look at,” we are looking at the artist’s work “Circulation” and the distress, control, and violence within those scenes today.

“I’m Too Sad To Kill You” took place in 2003, curated by Halil Altındere. The exhibition brought together many young artists from different regions of Turkey and introduced them to the contemporary art world of Istanbul. With his video about geography where the concepts of game and war intertwined with children’s images shooting at each other with toy guns on the train tracks, Atay joined the exhibition at that time from Batman. Today we return to this exhibition, the starting point of the artist’s journey to Tate Modern. The artist, whose works included essential collections in many countries such as England, France, and Spain, continues his life and work in Sweden today. We have the opportunity to review his work “Bang Bang” at the Elgiz Museum.

FROM PROJE4L, is on view at Elgiz Museum with the contributions of Technology Sponsor Arçelik.





Circulation. Hale Tenger, 2000.



Bang Bang. Fikret Atay, 2003.



Men Crying. Gülsün Karamustafa, 2001.

Photo credit: Kayhan Kaygusuz