Introduction

Ayşe Erkmen & Mona Hatoum. Displacements/Entortungen is the first major joint exhi­bi­ti­on of the two inter­na­tio­nal­ly renow­ned artists Ayşe Erkmen and Mona Hatoum. The exhi­bi­ti­on will be on show from 18 November 2017 until 18 February 2018. The leit­mo­tif fol­lows the term dis­pla­ce­ment, which, in addi­ti­on to its poli­ti­cal mea­ning of expul­si­on, can also mean the redi­rec­tion of affects and impul­ses or as an artis­tic inter­ven­ti­on. The term descri­bes a trans­for­ma­ti­on pro­cess and, in its mul­ti­fa­ce­ted mea­nings, has many con­nec­tions with the work of Ayşe Erkmen and Mona Hatoum.

Ayşe Erkmen, Glassworks, Installationsansicht, Cadhame Halle Verriere, Meisenthal, Frankreich, 2015 © Ayşe Erkmen

Ayşe Erkmen, Glassworks, Installationsansicht, Cadhame Halle Verriere, Meisenthal, Frankreich, 2015 © Ayşe Erkmen

Ayşe Erkmen, Mines (PFM 1 and others), 1997 © Ayşe Erkmen. Courtesy Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin

Ayşe Erkmen, Mines (PFM 1 and others), 1997 © Ayşe Erkmen. Courtesy Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin

The spe­ci­fic cha­rac­te­ris­tics of a place ser­ve Ayşe Erkmen as her star­ting point to crea­te works and instal­la­ti­ons reflec­ting the respec­tive soci­al, cul­tu­ral and topo­gra­phi­cal con­text or the insti­tu­tio­nal frame­work from which they deve­lop. She fre­quent­ly uses the repe­ti­ti­on of for­mal aspects, deri­ving from the space’s archi­tec­tu­ral design, and motifs as artis­tic means.

Mona Hatoum’s work is often inspi­red by the space and con­text. She uses tech­ni­ques of dis­pla­ce­ment in the sen­se of alie­na­ti­on, thus causing uncer­tain­ty. Familiar objects fea­ture pro­min­ent­ly in the­se works, which when modi­fied or sca­led up, rep­re­sent a sus­pi­cious and hos­ti­le rea­li­ty. The works appe­ar vul­nerable or dis­ori­en­ta­ting, and pre­sent us with a world cha­rac­te­ri­sed by con­flict and con­tra­dic­tions. Common to both artists is the use of appar­ent­ly fami­li­ar forms to which they assign new con­no­ta­ti­ons through aes­thetic and for­mal inter­ven­ti­ons.

Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot III, 2009 © Mona Hatoum. Courtesy Fondazione Querini Stampalia Onlus, Venedig. Foto: Agostino Osio

Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot III, 2009, Sammlung Goetz, Munich. Installation view Fondazione Querini Stampalia Onlus, Venice. © Mona Hatoum. Courtesy Fondazione Querini Stampalia Onlus, Venedig. Foto: Agostino Osio

Mona Hatoum, Kapan, 2012, Installationsansicht, 'You Are Still Here', ARTER | space for art, Istanbul 2012 © Mona Hatoum. Courtesy ARTER, Istanbul. Foto: Murat Germen

Mona Hatoum, Kapan, 2012, Installationsansicht, ›You Are Still Here‹, ARTER | space for art, Istanbul 2012 © Mona Hatoum. Courtesy ARTER, Istanbul. Foto: Murat Germen