Co-curated by Hüma Kabakçı and Mine Küçük, the group exhibition "Past Meets Present" showcases a selection of work by 16 Turkish and international artists between Sept. 7 and Oct. 13. Although the participating artists come from different artistic and cultural backgrounds, their individual practices are informed by a shared interest in the research, excavations and discoveries of historians, scientists and archaeologists.
Opening on Thursday, Sept. 7, the exhibition will feature work by Sami Aslan, Burçak Bingöl, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Ahmet Civelek, Onur Hastürk, Patrick Hough, Bilal Hakan Karakaya, Seçil Kınay, Hasan Kıran, Maude Maris, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Murat Palta, Shahpour Pouyan, Gazi Sansoy, Elvan Tekcan and Pınar Yolaçan.
Kabakçı and Küçük said that their curatorial vision for the exhibition draws inspiration from the historical context of the exhibition space, which served as the Ottoman Post Office in the early 20th century, and from the international outlook of the Anna Laudel Contemporary gallery. Having long been influenced by the idea of redefining the past through contemporary art, the curators invite visitors to explore and participate in a historical journey through contemporary art.
"Past Meets Present" will also present a program of parallel activities as part of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, including a curatorial tour, an artist talk and a performance installation titled "Body-The Present Flowing into the Past" presented by TORK Dance Art.
The exhibition will be held on three floors of the exhibition space at Anna Laudel Contemporary in Istanbul until Oct. 13.