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Public Program Organized by the 2012 SAHA Research Fellows

Posted on March 15, 2014

Hititte Sun Course Nusret Suman 1978, a copy of a Hitit finding in Alacahöyük, that became the symbol of Ankara in 1973, more examples of sun courses may be seen in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

Rossella Biscotti and Akram Zaatari
Roundtable conversation following research at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ancient Works / Asar-ı Atika
Organized by Övül Durmusoğlu and Mari Spirito

Saturday, July 26, 2013
SALT, Ankara
Atatürk Bulvarı No:12, 06250 Ankara, Turkey
+90 312 324 3024

Ancient Works / Asar-ı Atika is a research project in collaboration with Rossella Biscotti and Akram Zaatari on processing multiple historical narratives.

This project brings together two artists who have, at the base of their practice, extensive research into a wide range of histories as well as narratives that expand possible readings of personal and political events. This project brings Biscotti and Zaatari into the specific context of the Museum of Antonian Civilizations, one of the first cultural institutions established by the Turkish Republic, at the time of the nation’s foundation, 1923.

Rossella Biscotti was born in 1978 in Molfetta, Italy. She has had solo exhibitions at Secession, Wien (2013); e-flux, New York (2013); CAC, Vilnius (2012); Fondazione Galleria Civica di Trento (2010); and Nomas Foundation, Rome (2009). Biscotti participated in the Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennial (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); and Manifesta 9, Genk (2012).

Akram Zaatari co-founded the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation in 1997, and he has been working on the extensive archive of Hashem el Madani’s Studio Shehrazade, in the Lebanese port city of Saida, since 1999. His works have been featured in dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), the Istanbul Biennial (2011), and the Venice Biennale (2007), among others, and he has shown his films, videos, photographs, and other documents in institutions such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tate Modern in London, Kunstverein and Haus der Kunst in Munich, Le Magasin in Grenoble, MUSAC in Leon, MUAC in Mexico City, and Videobrasil in Sao Paulo. Zaatari represents Lebanon at the 55th International Venice Biennale, and currently has a solo exhibition at Project 100, MoMA, New York.

This program is supported by the 2012 ICI/SAHA Research Award.