Nevin Aladağ explores the limits of objects and forms by working with traditional materials and techniques. Questions about origin and identity play an important role in her sculptural interventions, performances, video and sound installations.
Nevin Aladağ (b. 1972 in Van/TR) earned a diploma in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich/DE (2000). Questions about origin and identity play an important role in her sculptural interventions, performances and medial presentations. Aladağ explores the limits and boundaries of objects and the identity of forms by working with traditional materials and techniques. Through the examination of self- and external perception, role ascription and self-design she fundamentally questions clichés and pre-coined expectations, and confronts these with a mix of faded traditions, conserving cultural identity and creating conscious counter-drafts for identity. Aladağ lives and works in Berlin/DE.
Aladağ’s works have been exhibited among others at: Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco/US (2020); Hayward Gallery, London/UK (2020); Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar/DE (2019); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/DE (2019); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin/DE (2019); The High Line, New York/US (2019); Albertinum – Staatliche Kunstsammlung, Dresden/DE (2018); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City/US (2018); Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn/DE (2018); 57th Venice Biennale/IT (2017); documenta 14, Athens and Kassel/GR/DE (2017); Salzburger Kunstverein/AT (2017); Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz/AT (2016); Kunstmuseum Stuttgart/DE (2015); Kunsthalle Basel/CH (2014); Art Space Pythagorion/GR (2014); Arter, Istanbul/TR (2012).
The following artworks will be shown as part of the EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES project:
Social Fabric, Vibration III, carpet fragments on wood, framed, 174 × 113 × 5 cm, Berlin/DE, 2020.
Social Fabric, Percussion, AP, carpet fragments on wood, framed, 174 × 113 × 5 cm, Berlin/DE, 2020.
© Nevin Aladağ
Nevin Aladağ’s works Vibration III and Percussion belong to the Social Fabric series of works. Aladağ utilises various fragments of hand-knotted kilims, new wool and silk carpets, sisal rugs and wool carpets. The carpets, rugs and tapestries from which her fragments were taken were produced in various locations, sometimes as high-quality handcrafted items, other times as mass-produced goods. Arranged in the form of a collage, the carpet fragments are placed alongside one another as items of equal worth. The tapestries also appear as hybrid objects that are reminiscent of reliefs or picturesque musical compositions. The intermingling of high-quality textiles with mass-produced goods is a reflection of societies’ complex cultural technologies that references religious and social diversity. Taking the limits of objects and the identity of shapes as her starting point, Aladağ illuminates societal diversity, identity and community. Vibration III and Percussion were produced explicitly for the EVROVIZION project, and their characteristics tie them to the region in which the project is being shown.
These artworks are part of the ifa art collection.