Exhibition: 'Up above was fog, down below was a cloud of dust'

Organized by Anadolu Kültür, the project Up above was fog, down below was a cloud of dust was curated by visual artists Golnar Tabibzadeh and Merve Ünsal.

Formulated as a context in which artists would be able to exchange their ideas and to foster networks of communication, Up above was fog, down below was a cloud of dust was a collaborative project. 15 artists from Istanbul, Tehran and Berlin came together in Istanbul to start discussing and negotiating what it means to participate collaboratively in the fragile circumstances of their respective geographic coordinates, and the process resulted in a group exhibition spreading into the two floors at Depo.

This process-driven group effort was initially launched with thoughts of mutual healing. In considering landscapes as bodies, considering the land as an expansion of the body including and involving the landscape, the artists have been dealing with the ever-slippery task of speaking to and outside of spatial and temporal constructs.

Depo hosted the records, remnants and artifacts of this process in an expanded definition of an exhibition from 31 January to 14 March.

Artists: Sara Abri, Hedieh Ahmadi, Serminaz Barseghian, Şafak Çatalbaş, Didem Erbaş, Forough Fami, Ece Gökalp, Gözde İlkin, Ayfer Karabıyık, Gelareh Kiazand, Neda Razavipour, Setareh Shahbazi, Golnar Tabibzadeh, Merve Ünsal, Derya Yıldız
Art writer and researcher Erman Ata Uncu wrote a review on the exhibition titled as “Traveling without feet on the ground”.
(Photo credit: Kayhan Kaygusuz)