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The Jackman Goldwasser Residency

DENIZ GÜL

September 17 - November 26, 2012

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Our first Jackman Class resident, Istanbul-based Deniz Gül works with text, objects, photography, performance, and film to explore the ways in which people construct identities through their social selves, behavioral patterns, and daily rituals. Gül’s projects often incorporate multiple phases; she creates sculptural installations supported by an earlier piece of writing, followed by an adaptation to a performance. Gül aims to interrogate the ways in which public and private spaces are constructed, seeking to redefine boundaries, infusing the spaces with new patterns of meaning. Born in 1982, İzmir, Turkey, Deniz lives and works in Istanbul, where she received her BA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design. Since 2004, Gül’s work has been included in exhibitions, including at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Palais des Beaux Artes, Lille, Centre De Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona. In 2011, her work was the subject of a solo exhibition 5 Person Bufet at ARTER, Istanbul. She has participated in residencies in Mumbai, Tokyo, and Salzburg.

Residency Project

Gül expands a project titled 5 Person Bufet which originated as a text -- a sort of screenplay centering around five characters and inspired by the artist's travels along the Eastern border of Turkey with Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The project's second phase (the first being writing the text itself) took the form of a large-scale installation of sculptural objects presented in 2011 at Arter in Istanbul. While in Chicago, Gül initiates the third phase, in which the text, written in Turkish and translated to English, becomes the foundation of a collaborative project between the artist and five American musicians to create a musical score that both accompanies and expands 5 Person Bufet. Gül's residency offered her the opportunity to realize an integral component of the project, to create a new performance and sound installation (to be staged at in Istanbul in 2013 and at the Art Center in 2014), while creating a dynamic collaborative possibility for the artist.

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