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"Wednesday Society" exhibition on view at Artam Antik A.S.
Wednesday Society explores the threshold between private and public, poetry and silence.

ISTANBUL.- Artam Antik A.S. is hosting a highlight exhibition in Istanbul which will be open until the October 18, 2019.

Wednesday Society exhibition takes place at Artam Antik, a nineteenth-century Ottoman mansion in Istanbul's popular Macka neighborhood in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, Allianz Kulturstiftung and ifa—Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. Curated by A.S. Bruckstein / House of Taswir.

Addressing what Freud called the "dark continent" of female desire, the exhibition presents works of the legendary Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim and Georgian artist Natela Iankoshvili for the first time in Istanbul, next to a number of rarely seen works of Rebecca Horn from the Collection Peter Raue in Berlin. Wednesday Society exhibits parts of the digital archive of Beral Madra, curator of the first and second Istanbul Biennial, paying homage to a pioneering female contemporary figure in Istanbul's art scene and beyond. Wednesday Society combines digital and analog, private and public, holy and profane formats of white cube and museum, living room and house of wisdom, psychoanalytic chamber and Madonna's corner

Wednesday Society explores the threshold between private and public, poetry and silence. It presents plea for the right to opacity in the midst of the all-pervading gaze of commodified communication. A poetry thread is spanned with poetic fragments from ancient and contemporary sources by Meret Oppenheim, Rebecca Horn, Ibn Arabi, Hélène Cixous, the Talmud, Song of Songs, Fethi Benslama, Geneviève Morel.. unraveling in a game of hide-and-seek a story of love and desire; a free and overflowing sense of text and image is at stake, exuberant, not to be contained, and beyond the gaze of surveillance.

Wednesday Society is a feminized version of the Freudian setting, an emerging place of power, exploring a continent of irregular, nonphallic, dispersed, poetic, and imaginary ways of thinking. Wednesday Society explores the spatial order of dreamwork, poetry, caress, and diplomatic coups. The exhibition hosts three performative scenes: Gülçin Aksoy’s Family Cemetery I Love, House of Taswir’s Dancing Table with Couch, and Tony Chakar’s “in-situ installation The Discourse of the Last Things before the First”.

Olgaç Artam from Artam Antik Global Art and Shulamit Bruckstein/ House of Taswir give special thanks to Anna M. Schafroth, Mirey Nasi, Sinan Eren Erk, Nergis Abıyeva, Hanna Lehun, Rabiga Yerzhanova, Furkan Akhan, Alparslan Baloǧlu, Yeşim Demir Pröhl, Tulya Madra, Hatice Gökçe, Benjamin Metz, Tas Skorupa, Christoph Nöthlings, Manu Bruckstein, Noga

Sarai Bruckstein, Adam Klein, Birgit Meyer zum Wischen, Ali Kaaf, Mirhan Kıvanç Özdemir, and Sani Karamustafa with Techizart Team, Jens Ravens with nerdgeschoss Berlin, Artam Antik A.S. Auction House Team.

Wednesday Society combines private and public, holy and profane formats of white cube and museum, living room and house of study, psychoanalytic chamber and Madonna’s corner. It presents an agenda of artistic research yet unfinished. The exhibition is dedicated to Beral Madra, the curator of the first and second International Istanbul Biennial.

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