SALT Galata, Istanbul, Dec 2014


From December 1 to 4, SALT, in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum, will host a diverse group of artists, thinkers, curators and activists to discuss the current relation between artistic production and activism. The meetings will take place in Istanbul and Ankara.

“The discussions seek to address the recent history of art and activism with a focus on Turkey and the Netherlands. Both countries have experienced radical challenges to their very diverse civil tradition as a result of the current global, hyper-tense neoliberal world system. Geopolitical conflict, accelerating environmental degradation, dramatic shifts in real estate management and city planning, and the vigorous reappearance of cultural politics, provide a charged background for artists and activists who seek to maintain or establish a sense of public sphere beyond the reach of the global market today.

With the participation of Robin Celikates, Nazim Dikbas, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Vasif Kortun, Annette Krauss, Sanne Oortshuizen, Zeyno Pekünlü, Jonas Staal, Ali Taptik, and others.