Bufferzone: Check Point



Bufferzone: Checkpoint
Opening: October 5th, 2013, Saturday 18:30
DEPO/ Tütün Deposu Lüleci Hendek Caddesi No.12 
Tophane 34425, İstanbul
Exhibition Dates: October 5th-November 10th 2013
Visiting hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00-19:00
Apartment Project will be hosted by DEPO between October 5th and November 10th with their concluding works from the Bufferzone workshop, exhibited under the title “Checkpoint”
The exhibition, as a part of the collaboration of the Apartment Project, the EMAA (Mediterranean European Art Association – Nicosia) and Uqbar (Berlin), consists of works by; Hasan Aksaygın, Özgür Demirci, Didem Erk, Gabriele Garavaglia, Anna Heidenhain & Frederic Lezmi, Naomi Hennig, Eleni Mouzourou, Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli, Erhan Öze, pick nick projects, Sümer Sayın, and with special invitations from participating artists of the “Bufferzone” workshop; Sabine Küper-Büsch &Thomas Büsch, Şafak Çatalbaş and Hüseyin Yılmaz.
Bufferzone workshop, being the first of a series of workshops that focuses on divided cities and buffer zones, took place in Istanbul and Nicosia in March and April. The project aims at taking a closer look at divided cities, buffer zones, and ancient city walls, contrasting; fenced sovereign nation, gated communities // demographic cultural and social class segregations, and how we define those who reside beyond borders, “the other”.
The first workshop “bufferzone” has been shaped with the notion of digging deeper into conceptual layers of dividedness and borders as well as initiating a study with mobile experience, involving an exploration with communal living and working dynamics.
The workshop participants together have developed diverse approaches to the concepts of polarization, gentrification and various manifestations of ‘border’ within the urban landscape. These approaches depict a wide panorama, from ‘the borders as a control mechanism’ to ‘the state of mind of mutual surveillance’; while drawing through the visible/in-visible walls between neighborhoods inflicted by urban transformations, revealing the micro economies and ecologies within the landscape. Checkpoint is a body of work developed solely by the artists’ diverse approaches, collective and individual practices, presented by Apartment Project, at DEPO until 10th of November.
The Bufferzone project is supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation.