Köken Ergun

Kunsthalle Winterthur
Köken ErgunOctober 9 – November 20, 2011
Opening reception on Saturday October 8 at 5 pm 

I, Soldier (2005) is a two channel video work that is closely linked to the artist’s past and his problems with republican and nationalist politics. It features a soldier’s patriotic and martial speech about his devotion to Turkey and combines it with pictures of the army’s parade on the occasion of the Youth and Sports Day. For WEDDING (2006-2008) Ergun filmed more than fifty different weddings over several months in the same area of Berlin. Backed by uplifting Turkish folk music, it celebrates the exuberant joy of the wedding parties, but at the same time it shows bizarre details such as a tally being kept of the monetary gifts made to newlyweds: a scene which, for a European audience, evokes more the atmosphere of a bingo hall than of the most special day in one's life. In Binibining Promised Land (2010) a video about a pageant of Filipino guest workers in Tel Aviv takes centre stage. It is part of an installation which also includes covers of magazines published by the Filipino community in Israel and three interviews with the organisers of the pageant. For his most recent work Ashura (2011), Ergun filmed the Ashura ritual of the Caferi group, a Shiite minority in Istanbul. Every year they commemorate Imam Hussein by putting on a play about his murder.

A catalogue entitled Who Am I Anyway? is being published to mark Köken Ergun’s first comprehensive solo show. It features three interviews with Ian White, Elmas Deniz and Oliver Kielmayer and is designed by Studio Lambl/ Homburger, Berlin.
Köken Ergun’s exhibition is supported by the City of Winterthur, Friends of the Kunsthalle, Federal Office of Culture, Kulturstiftung Winterthur, Migros Culture Percentage, and Ziegler Druck- und Verlags-AG

Further events at Kunsthalle Winterthur:
Ian White talks to Köken ErgunSunday, November 13, 5 pm 
Ian White talks to Köken Ergun about access and exclusion in his art. 

Café des Arts and Kunsthalle LateNightWednesday, October 26, 7 – 11 pm
Art and architecture – cultural achievement or overpriced luxury?

Kunsthalle Winterthur, Marktgasse 25, CH – 8400 Winterthur, Wed – Fri 12 am – 6 pm, Sat / Sun 12 am – 4 pm, +41 (0)52 267 51 32,www.kunsthallewinterthur.ch

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