CDA Projects will be home to Azade Köker’s new works in an exhibition titled “Moving Spaces” which
will take place between 12 September and 26 October.
The opening, which the artist herself will be
present for, will be held on 11 September between 6pm and 9pm.
City is a word that summarises a broad structure that includes many subtopics such as modern city
landscapes, new architectural applications, gentrification, public space and destruction. In addition
to these physical attributes, sociological facts such as migration, citizenship, urban life and cultural
differences are some of the parameters that transform the city. These two distinct but interacting
characteristics show us the following: As the people change and transform the city, the city also
changes and transforms the people; like, with the development of the construction technologies,
the building of shopping centres as modern-day agoras and applications such as motorways and
high-speed rail systems that deeply impact human life. Today the power of the cities is not only
important from an economic or cultural point of view, but also from a political one as well; such that
governments that take over big cities are able to take over and shape the whole political arena of the
country. Therefore the states are inclined towards protecting and repressing big cities.
Cities incorporate many notions including anonimity, isolation, plurality and dissimilarity. So, in light
of all of these findings, who are the owners of the city? How do the urbanites transform one another
and the city? Azade Köker’s “Moving Spaces” observes the urbanites’ lives, tribulations, dilemmas
and their relationship with their environment. This selection, which includes paintings, installations
and videos and carries an investigative quality, sets off from the real-political platform “this is the
city” rather than a nostalgic requiem like “this is how the city used to be”.
Azade Köker (1949, Istanbul), lives and works simultaneously in Berlin and Istanbul. She is also an
academic at the Braunschweig Technical University in Berlin. Exhibitions she has featured in include:
Hayal ve Gerçek, Istanbul Modern, Turkey (2012); Üçüncü Doğa, Galeri Zilberman, Turkey (2011);
Hibrid Mekanlar - Koridorlar, Galeri Zilberman, Turkey (2009); İnsanlık Hali, Milli Reasürans Art
Gallery, Turkey (2007); Transparenz der Abwesentheit, Otto-Gallery, Germany (2004); Transparenz
des Gartens, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Germany (2001).