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.
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.