Art Basel, one of the world's most renowned art fairs, was launched in Basel, a city in northwestern Switzerland, in 1970. The platform, which exceeds in showcasing the works of various contemporary artists, has since expanded to hold international fairs in Hong Kong and Miami Beach. The event has spread to cover three continents – Europe, America and Asia. The organization has launched a new initiative called Art Basel Cities, too. This project aims to offer new opportunities for the world's culture scene, organizes international events and creates new art fairs in select cities. The first city selected for the initiative is Buenos Aires.
A work by Amoako Boafo at Art Basel Miami Beach.
The 18th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach was held between Dec. 5 and 8 this year at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC). The fair presented probably the most-talked-about artwork of 2019: the ever-divisive banana taped to a wall. Sevil Dolmacı, the founder of Sevil Dolmacı Art Gallery in the heart of Istanbul's Nişantaşı district, spoke to Daily Sabah about the highlights of Art Basel Miami Beach, including the banana installation, as well as a video-installation "Pendulum," by artist duo ha:ar, represented by the gallery at the Contemporary And Digital Art Fair (CADAF), organized in parallel with Art Basel.
Arda Yalkın and Hande Şekerciler form the artists duo ha:ar
Lastly, Dolmacı pointed to the video-installation "Pendulum." The artist duo, ha:ar, comprising of Hande Şekerciler and Arda Yalkın, describe life as it is lived today, via screens. In a salute to avant-garde video art, the abstract, figurative "Pendulum" presents 10 synchronized screens. For this video-installation İzmir State Opera and Ballet artists, Aslı Çilekand Sertan Yetkinoğlu were called on to collaborate. Dolmacı said: "In the installation, which was designed as a sculptural dance of birth, life and death, the passing of time is seen as a light pendulum."
The artist duo has said of their own work: "We gave a part of Gabriel Marquez's book 'One Hundreds Years of Solitude' to Aslı Çilek, the ballet artist we worked with, as a key. It was within the context of this text that we recorded her performance as an improvisation through a motion capture system. We have created a data/simulation sculpture that continuously flows between the screens with the body movements data obtained from these records. 'Pendulum' is a scalable work of art due to its structure."