Contemporary Art Exhibition on the Occasion of 600th Anniversary of Relations
between Poland and Turkey


2 May 2014, 6 pm
5 June 2014, 6 pm

Kuad Gallery, Istanbul


Gülçin Aksoy, Anna Baumgart, Kuba Bąkowski, Piotr Bosacki, Karolina Breguła,
Wojtek Doroszuk, Monika Drożyńska, Nezaket Ekici, Angelika Fojtuch, Karolina Freino,
Patrycja German, Koray Kantarcıoğlu, Piotr Kmita, Katarzyna Krakowiak, Sıtkı Kösemen,
Tomasz Kulka, Robert Maciejuk, Anna Molska, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Ferhat Özgür, Tomasz Partyka,
Agnieszka Polska, Joanna Rajkowska, 
Çağrı Saray, Wilhelm Sasnal, Sümer Sayın, Janek Simon, Piotr Skiba, Konrad Smoleński, Tunca Subaşı, Antek Wajda, Uygur Yılmaz, Krew z Kontaktu (KZK)

Culture and Art Centre in Wrocław and Kuad Gallery are proud to participate in the celebrations of 600th year of Poland -Turkey Relations and to realize two group exhibitions (May and June 2014) with 32 artists from Poland and Turkey.

Diplomatic relations were established between of Poland and Turkey 600 years ago in 1414, when – as Jan Długosz mentions in his chronicles – Sultan Mehmet I Çelebi hosted the first Polish diplomatic mission at his court in Bursa (Empire’s capital of that time).

These 600 years have seen Poland and Turkey’s political, trade and cultural links develop and flourish.  As well as sharing a border in the 15th century, the countries also connected through their multiculturalism and having a specific place at the geopolitical world’s map.

After 600 years profound historical background, 20th century relations between Poland and Turkey need to be questioned for the absence of human relations and communication. With the end of WW II, during the Cold War period of conflicting ideological hegemonies Turkey and Poland relations became totally damaged and stagnant until the Fall of Berlin Wall. Even after 1989, the relations have not been recharged as much as it should be, due to the hesitant transformations in official diplomatic relations as well as in economic collaborations and cultural communications.

This crucial official initiative to celebrate the historical relation will convey an opportunity to multi-disciplinary cultural and artistic communication and exchange, in which this exhibition will have its function as a basis for future collaborations and partnerships between artists and art experts.

Organised by Art and Culture Centre in Wroclaw and Kuad Gallery Ruptures and Convergences exhibition and its accompanying events programme are aimed at connecting artists from Poland and Turkey, whilst creating a new and sustainable relation.

Here the title Ruptures and Convergences not only refer to the historical fact that the relations between Turkey and Poland have endured complex conflicting stages, but also to the character of today’s art works, which are based on retroactive expostulations and prospective proposals. While retroactive expostulations reflect a dissident position -i.e.—a rupture from the status quo, the prospective proposals promise a convergence of ideas, implementations and achievements.

We will present works by artists who debuted in 90’s and later and who relate to the mythologies and archetypes deeply rooted in both cultures, presented however, in a contemporary context of current geopolitics. The idea of Ruptures and Convergences is to shed current visual interpretations to our cultural heritages and status, with a particular emphasis on past and recent political and economic transformations, social polarisations and today’s globalisation process. It may be that, through juxtaposing recent art scene in Poland and Turkey, we will be able to discover some shared experiences and to create a consistent narrative for creative communication and collaboration.

For further information and visual material:
kuad@kuadgallery.com and okis@okis.pl

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Lower Silesian Voivodeship.The project is organized as part of the 2014 cultural programme celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland.

More information about the celebrations’ programme: www.turkiye.culture.pl

Organization and Coordination:
Culture and Art Centre in Wroclaw (OKIS) and Kuad Gallery, İstanbul

Curatorial Team:
Agnieszka Chodysz-Foryś, Beral Madra, Güneş Nasuhbeyoğlu, Małgorzata Sobolewska

Matylda Chmielewska

Press Relations:
Nilüfer Sülüner

Graphic Design:
Daria Malicka