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FLYING CARPET #7: ON SALT. A Research-based cultural institution

Date: Thursday 27 November 2014.
Time: 2 pm.
Place: The project room, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Address: Maria Skolgata 83, 2nd floor, Stockholm, Sweden
Merve Elveren and Meriç Öner (TUR) will give a presentation of the interdisciplinary research, exhibitions and programs SALT undertakes across its three venues, whereof two in Istanbul and one in Ankara since 2011.

Research-based cultural institution SALT has been publicly active since 2011 in two venues in İstanbul and 2012 in Ankara. Merve Elveren and Meriç Öner of research and programs would like to elaborate on how SALT works by sharing results of a growing introspection on the institute. Challenged by cultural institutions' mundane reproaches of "quality vs. quantity," SALT team collaborated on an act of mapping interrelations of individuals and designating critical qualities around their exhibitions. Started as a response to an invitation by the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale Close, Closer's Institute Effect, the project "In Situ Qualitative" was picked on by research and programs team as an ongoing inquiry into SALT's long-term programs. This particular repeating exercise is meant to rethink the working models among individuals, the qualities beyond style and content among exhibitions, as well as the lingering impacts of a myriad of moments occurring within an institution as productive and dynamic as SALT. Using A Promised Exhibition -the most comprehensive presentation of Gülsün Karamustafa's works to date- as the pivot; Merve and Meriç will detail the core of the interdisciplinary research and programs SALT undertakes across its three venues.

Meriç Öner obtained undergraduate degree in architecture from İstanbul Technical University in 2001 and master’s degree in the same field from İstanbul Bilgi University in 2007. Between 2001-2004, she worked as an architect. She was the coordinator of the parallel exhibitions for the 22nd world congress of architecture, UIA 2005 Istanbul. She worked on several exhibitions for Garanti Galeri between 2007-2010. Her enthusiasm in urban research culminated in the Becoming Istanbul project: she has been managing the project’s content since 2008; published entries in the Becoming Istanbul book; edited Tracing Istanbul (from the air); co-edited Mapping Istanbul, co-curated the latest version displayed in SALT Beyoğlu in 2011. Since 2010 she is programming for SALT as associate director of research and programs. Öner focuses on the built environment, architecture, and design of the second half of the twentieth century as a primary tool for social research and discussion. Exhibitions at SALT include Modern Essays 4: SALON-a note on the particular life style in the 1960s in the capital Ankara through a set of custom designed furniture borrowed from a modernist apartment-and SUMMER HOMES: Claiming the Coast-a crossdisciplinary study of the built environment on the coasts of Turkey sourced from archives and records on architecture, literature, law and popular culture.
Merve Elveren holds a BA in Visual Communication Design at Sabancı University in İstanbul (2009). Between 2007-2009 she worked on several exhibitions at Rodeo, an Istanbul-based gallery. In 2011 she worked as an assistant curator at the UAE Pavilion Second Time Around in the 54th Venice Biennale. Currently she is a programmer at SALT, a research-based cultural institution in Istanbul. In 2011 Merve worked on Foto Galatasaray, a project that is based on the re-visualization of the complete professional archive of Maryam Şahinyan, a female Istanbulite studio photographer who worked between 1935 and 1985. She also contributed to Modernity Unveiled / Interweaving Histories from the ongoing series of Modern Essays. In 2012 she worked on Istanbul Eindhoven SALTVanAbbe: 68-89 and Modern Times: Pre 68, a yearlong institutional collaboration between Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and SALT. In 2013 she participated in Scared of Murals, a research project which focuses on artist unions, artistic discussions and cultural production between 1976 and 1980. Same year Merve Elveren and Duygu Demir organized A Promised Exhibition, a comprehensive project of Gülsün Karamustafa whose artistic practice spans for 40 years. Currently she is working on the e-publication series of Scared of Murals and Well...How did I get here? a project focusing on the transformations that Turkey has gone through during 1980s.

Flying Carpet is a series of public presentations and talks within the Iaspis programme. The idea is simply to make public some of the meetings that take place through Iaspis Visiting Experts Programme and Iaspis Residency Programme with our visiting guests, curators, and residents who temporarily find themselves in Stockholm.

Flying Carpets 2014: #1 YouTube Variations, Pierre Bismuth, Robin McGinley and Stefanie Hessler, 21 March, #2: Jonas Žakaitis, 11 April: #3, Manuel Borja-Villel, 2 May, #4: Boullion Group, 16 May, # 5: Institute for Provocation, 12 September, #6: Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, 19 September, #7 SALT by Merve Elveren and Meriç Öner, 27 November, #8 Elisabeth Price, in collaboration with Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, 27 November.

For further information please contact Iaspis programme coordinator Annika Enqvist:

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