Protocinema at Proyecto AMIL
Protocinema at Proyecto AMIL is pleased to present The Atelier by Hasan Özgür Top. Filmed in Turkey and debuted in Lima, The Atelier (2018) investigates processes and effects of nationalism and its increasingly complex relationship with capitalism, as it exists across continents and time.
Hasan Özgür Top’s new work is presented in the context of Peru’s right-wing populist movement, on-going since Alberto Fujimori dissolved Peru's congress with military backing in 1992, and in the light of major international shifts of power towards conservatism. The Atelier takes the viewer to a specific Turkish flag manufacturing shop in Istanbul; where the audience is introduced to a few workers making flags amidst their employers. What starts as a tour of the technical process at a modest workshop unfolds into an age-old practice of transforming a simple piece of fabric into a sacred symbol. In this work Hasan Özgür Top takes the pulse of popular opinion by making visible this small, independent company’s foreign trade relations. A subtle yet important shift exposes economic ties with the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Kurdish party in Iraq, even though supporting Iraqi Kurds stands against Turkish nationalist ideals. The Atelier also brings to light the use of a growing Syrian workforce. These contradictions stand as examples in Turkey where loyalty to nationhood is superseded by capitalism, which is the most recent tipping point in current social and political conditions globally.
The Atelier will remain on exhibition in Proyecto AMIL until Saturday 24 February 2018.
About the artist
Hasan Özgür Top (Ankara, Turkey, 1987). Selected group exhibitions include The Multiplier Effect, Mixer, Istanbul, 2017; Replaced, Rampa, Istanbul; If you can’t go through the door, go through the window, Alt Art Space, Istanbul and 1Sergi, Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul all in 2016. The Ways We Stand By, Protocinema Emerging Curator Series, Proto-5533, Istanbul; YFD VI, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, both in 2015 ; Borders Orbits, Siemens Sanat, Depo, Istanbul and Connecting the Dots: Workshops, Artist Diaries, Pera Museum, Istanbul, 2014; Prescription, Karşı, Istanbul, 2012; Even My Mum Can Make a Book, Manzara Perspectives, Istanbul, 2011; Two Shadows of ‘The Public’: Screen and Space, Lothringer13, Munich, which traveled to Depo, Istanbul, 2010. In 2012 Top’s videos were screed at That’s How We Do It, Istanbul, B15 Occupato, Rome, and Counter Manipulation, NO-TAV Camp,Turin. Top holds an MA at Marmara University, Institute of Fine Arts, Painting, Istanbul, 2015 and his BA, Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting, Istanbul, 2014-2008. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey.
Protocinema is an itinerant art organization realizing site-aware exhibitions in different places in the world. Free of 'brick and mortar', sites vary to respond both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground.
About Proyecto AMIL
Proyecto AMIL is a fluid, non-commercial contemporary art platform based in Lima. Founded by Juan Carlos Verme and Joel Yoss, it supports pioneering local and international projects while functioning as a space of encounter in which the public can engage with critical content. It has an experimental and collaborative public program that materializes in discussions, workshops, screenings, performances and publications. Proyecto AMIL has two residency programes; one in Peru and one in Switzerland.
Centro Comercial Camino Real (corner of Víctor Andrés Belaúnde and Avenida Camino Real, underground), Lima, Peru
7:00pm: Artist talk by Hasan Özgür Top
7:30pm – 9:00pm: Opening Reception
The talk will be in English