Rethinking Debates on Freedom of the Arts and its Limits

Talk by Banu KARACA (Anthropologist, Mercator-IPC Fellow, Istanbul)

Foto: belit sağ, 2018.

Banu Karaca‘s talk Rethinking Debates on Freedom of the Arts and its Limits will take a longitudinal look at how different modalities of arts censorship are played out in Turkey, Germany and the wider European context and examine artistic strategies that strike back against censorship.

Rethinking Debates on Freedom of the Arts and its Limits was initiated by belit sağ.
The event is taking place in cooperation with FREIRAD and ZeMiT and within the framework of the exhibition A part that is missing never breaks (25.05.-28.07.2018).

belit sağ is a videomaker and visual artist living in Amsterdam. She studied mathematics in Ankara and audiovisual arts in Amsterdam. Her video background is rooted in video-activist groups in Ankara and Istanbul, where she co-initiated projects such as (2000-2007) and (a growing online audiovisual archive of social movements in Turkey). Her recent video work focuses on ‘the violence of representation’ and ‘representation of violence’. She attended residencies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam in 2014-2015, and the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, in 2016. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including MOCA, Taipei; Tütün Deposu, Istanbul; Tabakalera Film Seminar, San Sebastian; Toronto/Rotterdam/San Francisco/New York International Film Fest/International Documentary Film Fest. Amsterdam (IDFA); EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam; Documenta14, Kassel; Marabouparken, Stockholm.

Banu Karaca is trained as an anthropologist and currently a Mercator-IPC Fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University. Her recent and forthcoming publications examine the entrenchment of art in state violence, cultural policy and museum politics, freedom of expression in the arts, the visualization of gendered memories of war and political violence, and visual literacy. She is the co-founder of Siyah Bant, a research platform that documents censorship in the arts and continues her research on how lost, dispossessed, and misattributed artworks shape the practice of writing art history in Turkey.


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