By inviting Can Altay ar/ge kunst continues the series ‘One Year Research Project’, a long-term project, which started in the summer of 2013 with the invitation to Irish artist Gareth Kennedy.
In this context, ar/ge kunst and Lungomare jointly curate the long-term Residency project “Radical Hospitality” and invite the artist Can Altay to deeply confront with issues related to ideas of welcoming and openness and to question them. Hospitality describes in this context a social space intended as a temporary condition as well as a relationship that is subject to a negotiation between power positions.
The collaboration between ar/ge kunst and Lungomare is the outcome of a dialogue and common interest between the two institutions as well as of their different research paths.
Both institutions engage together in an active dialogue with Can Altay and make accessible the process to the public in different moments and places – the public space, the spaces of both institutions, through publishing or other places.
Can Altay is an artist living in Istanbul. He investigates the functions, meaning, organisation and reconfigurations of public space. His ‘settings’ provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. His work traverses sculpture, photography and installation, and is staged and manifested through the spaces, exhibitions and publications he produces. Solo exhibitions at Arcade, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2011), The Showroom, London (2010). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Marrakech, Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Artists Space (New York), and SALT (Istanbul)