Kaya Genç

  • picks May 11, 2018

    Aydan Murtezaoğlu and Bülent Şangar

    A drawing of an extended queue welcomes visitors to an alluring survey of Aydan Murtezaoğlu and Bülent Şangar, two pioneering figures of Turkish contemporary art who came to the fore in the 1990s. On the tail end of the succession in Unemployed Employees-I found you a new job!, 2006–18, men do push-ups, carry heavy materials, balance on ladders: tests for employment in the state or the private sector. The collaborative work also includes a performance in which recent university graduates fold T-shirts on an assembly line while chatting about their precarity. The three floors that host these

  • picks April 13, 2018

    Ali Mahmut Demirel

    Specters of bygone times haunt Ali Mahmut Demirel’s work, which explores themes of decay and desolation. The individual parts of his video series “Post-Apocalyptic Utopias,” 2015–18, make up the majority of the pieces in this exhibition. In The Pier, 2015, the camera lingers on remnants of Scheveningen Pier, a leisure facility near The Hague built in 1959, after Nazis demolished the original pier for fear of an Allied invasion. A casino and restaurant were its main attractions, but the pier went bankrupt in 2013. Demirel filmed its state of decline two years later: dead bugs on gray surfaces,