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Can Altay

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Can Altay

 

Born in 1975 in Ankara. Lives and works in Istanbul.

 

Can Altay is an artist and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Bilgi University. He is currently Head of the Department of Industrial Product Design at Istanbul Bilgi University. As an artist he investigates the functions, meaning, organisation and reconfigurations of public space. His ‘settings’ provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. His work traverses sculpture, photography and installation, and is staged and manifested through the spaces, exhibitions and publications he produces. 





Altay’s recent solo exhibitions include VFI – Virgolo Future Institute, ar/ge kunst, Kunstverein, Bolzano (IT), 2016; Split Horizon (Domestic Disobedience), Oktem & Aykut, Istanbul, TR (2015); Can Altay, Arcade, London, UK (2015); COHAB: an assembly of spare parts, Casco, Utrecht (2011); Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008); Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2006) and Spike Island, Bristol (2007). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Marrakech, Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Artists Space (New York), and SALT (Istanbul). His public projects include: “Inner Space Station” ( with protocinema, NewYork, 2013); “Distributed” (with Frieze Projects, London, 2012); “The Church Street Partners’ Gazette” (with The Showroom, London, 2010-13) and “PARK: bir ihtimal” (Istanbul, 2010).



 

Altay is the editor of Ahali: an anthology for setting a setting, 2013 published by Bedford Press, AA Publications, London. His work has been published in periodicals such as Frieze, AD (Architectural Design) and Domus. 

Altay holds a PhD in Art, Design and Architecture from Bilkent University, Ankara. He studied Critical Studies at the Malmo Art Academy and Lund University, and Interior Architecture and Environmental Design (BFA and MFA) at Bilkent University.



 

CV

Born 1975, Ankara

Lives and works in Istanbul

 

EDUCATION

 

1999-2004

Phd in Art, Design and Architecture, Bilkent University, Ankara, TR

 

2003-2004

Post Graduate Degree in Critical Studies, Malmo Art Academy, Lund University, SE

 

1997-1999

MFA in Interior Architecture and Enviromental Design, Bilkent University, Ankara, TR

 

1993-1997

MFA in Interior Architecture and Enviromental Design, Bilkent University, Ankara, TR

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITION (selected)

 

2016

VFI – Virgolo Future Institute, ar/ge kunst, Kunstverein, Bolzano (IT), 2016

 

2015

Split Horizon (Domestic Disobedience), Oktem & Aykut, Istanbul, TR

Can Altay, Arcade, London, UK

 

2013

Inner Space Station, The Seward Park Branch of the New York Public Library, New York, US

 

2012

Distributed, Arcade, London, UK

Distributed, Frieze Project East, Waltham Forest, London, UK

Firenze Project East, Waltham forest, London, UK

 

2011

COHAB: An assembly of spare parts, Casco, Utrecht, NL

 

2010

The Church Street Partner “Gazette”, The Showroom, London, UK

 

2008

Setting a Setting/ Forecasting a broken past, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

 

2007

Ey Ahali! Setting a Setting / Letting a Setting Go, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

 

2006

No Bar, Just Bottles, The Abstract Cabinet at Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, SP

 

 

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

 

2016

Selfmanagement, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna

 

2015

Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI Foundation, Rome, IT

Old Intersections Make it New III, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, GR

Too Early, Too Late. Middle East and Modernity, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Italy

 

2013

Hot spot Istanbul, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, CH

 

2012

Hoje Istambul: 5 Artistas Contemporaneos, SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, BR

 

2011

Safari, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR

That’s the Way We Do IT, Kunsthaus Bregenz, AT

From A to B, From B to P, Bielefelder Kunstverein, im Waldhof, DE

Divercity, Learning From Istambul- CSW Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej / Centre for contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL

Fantasy and Island, FRAC Corse, Corsica, FR

Open City: IABR in Istambul, DEPO, Istambul, TR

 

2009

The Columns Held Us Up, Arist Space, New York, US

4th International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam, NL

Fantasy For Allan Kaprow, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, EG

If there Is No Audience, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, SP

You don’t go slumming…., arcade, London, UK (with Jeremiah Day)

New Ends Old Beginnings, The Bluecoat Liverpool, UK

 

2008

Social Diagrams. Planning Reconsiderered, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, DE

Representations of the Artista s an Intellectual, D21, Leipzig, De

 

2007

Movement, Contingency, and Community, Gallery 27, Seoul, ROK

Says the Junk in the Yard, Flowers East, London, UK

How to Build a Universe that doesen’t Fall Apart Two Days Later, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, Us

 

2006

A Tale of Two Cities: Busan Biennale, Busan, ROK

 

2005

Day Labor, P.S.1 MoMA, New York City, USA

EindhovenIstambul, Van Abbe Museum, Eindoven, NL

Normalization, Platform Garanty Contemporary Art Centre, Istambul, TR

 

2004

Common Property – Allgemeingut 6th Werkleitz Biennal, Halle, DE

Call me Istambul, ZKM Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, DE

 

2003

4D: Four dimensions, Four decades – 8th Havana Biennal, Havana, CU

Poetic Justice: 8th Istambul Biennal, Istambul, TR

How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, US

 

 

GRANTS, RESIDENCIES

 

2008

Artist in Residence (IMP) at Platform Garanti, Istambul, TR

International Studio Artist in Residence ai Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

 

2007

Internatiponal Artist Fellowship, production redency at Spike Island, Bristol, UK

 

2006

“Artist-to-Artist” Grant, Visiting Arts in partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation Contemporary Projects, UK (with British artist James Hutchinson)

 

2003

Research Scholarship, Sweddish Institute and the Swedish Consulate of Istambul, TR

 

 

OTHER PROJECTS

 

2008

Diplomacy in Reflex. Artist Collective fonde with asli Kalinoglu

 

2002

School of Applied Spatial Antropology: SASA, Collective Art Project

 

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

2012

Altay, C. Graham, D. Social Space, Frieze, issue 147, May 2012 p.170

 

2011

Throne, S. 2011. Huseyin Bahri Alpekin, SALT Beyoglu, Frieze, issue 141, Sep 2011, p. 214

Altindere, H. and S. Evren (eds). 1996-2006. User’s Manual : A Guide to Contemporary Art in Turkey, Istambul, artist publications

 

2007

Kane, E. 2007. Previews: Can Altay, Contemporary, issue 94, p. 20

 

2006

Yang, H. 2006. Art in space 14: Can Altay & Wolfgang Breuer, SPACE, issue 468 p. 258-265

 

2005

Pietromarchi, B. (ed). 2005. The (UN)common Place: Art, Public Space and Urban Aesthetics in Europe, Barcelona: ACTAR

Bradley, W. 2005. Can Altay, Frieze, issue 92 June/July/August, p. 148

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