Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt
area: Interdisciplinary Art
recommending institutionfreiraum Q21 INTERNATIONAL
time periodJanuary 2016 - January 2016
Özlem Günyol (1977, Ankara) graduated from the Sculpture Department in Hacettepe University in 2001 and Städel Art Academy –Städelschule- in 2006. She lives and works in Frankfurt a.M.
Mustafa Kunt (1978, Ankara) graduated from the Sculpture Department in Hacettepe University in 2001 and Städel Art Academy –Städelschule- in 2007. He lives and works in Frankfurt a.M.
Their works are mostly based on a skepticism vis-à-vis any matter-of course approach to identity. They investigate the representation of individual and collective belonging, the meaning of language, symbols, and information conveyed by the media, as well as their link to culturally coded patterns of understanding. The conceptual character of their practice is connected with the traditional visual language of avant-garde art forms.
Günyol & Kunt has exhibited internationally. Solo shows include; “minute by minute”, Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul, TR (2015); “Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt”, Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, DE (2014); Dead Zoo, The Return Gallery, Goethe Institute, Dublin, IE (2012); “Suspicious Activities”, Cuchifritos Art Gallery/Project Space, New York, US (2011); “Vier”, Museum für Moderne Kunst - Zollamt, Frankfurt a.M., DE (2008) and “be-cause”, Basis e.V., Frankfurt a.M., DE (2007) among others. Group shows include: “Mythologies”, 3rd Mardin Biennial, Mardin, TR (2015); “New Frankfurt Internationals: Solid Signs”, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt a.M / Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, DE (2015); “Who Shall Deliver Us From the Greeks and Romans?”, Gallery Mana, Istanbul,TR (2014); “ars viva 12/13 – Systems”, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, LI (2013); “Lines of Thought”, Parasol Unit, London, UK (2012); “İSTANBUL EINDHOVEN-SALTVANABBE POST ’89”, SALT, Istanbul, TR (2012); “Untitled”, 12th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul TR (2011); “Thank You for Your Understanding”, 2nd Antakya Biennial, Antakya TR (2010); “Unerwartet/Unexpected” at Art Museum Bochum, Bochum DE (2010); “Hector Kunstpreis 2009”, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, DE (2009); “El Dorado, About the promise of Human Rights”, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg DE (2009); “Making a Scene” at Fondazione Morragreco in Naples IT (2008); “Photo Biennial Dunaujvaros 2007”, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaujvaros, HU (2007) and “Alman Mali”, Kunstverein München, Munich DE (2007) among others.
They have received “Travel Grant 2015-16”, Hessische Kulturstiftung, DE (2014); “Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung, Ausstellungs- und Katalogförderpreis 2013”, DE (2013); “ars viva Prize for Fine Arts”, Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft DE (2012); “J.W. Hector Kunstpreis”, 2nd Place Award, DE (2009); “Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung”, Work Grant, DE (2008); “Städel-Preis 2005”, Förderpreis der Delbrück Bethmann Maffei AG, DE (2005) among others.
Persuasion Exercises, 2011
Propaganda posters are used to convince masses; they convince people to take a side. They are an explicit attempt to influence beliefs, attitudes and/or behaviours by using different strategies.
Persuasion Exercises work reflects the usage of body postures at the political parties’ propaganda posters. For the work, an actor rehearsed the postures of various politicians from the 2011 election campaign posters in Turkey. At the end of each rehearsal, the actor was photographed when he acted out the final pose. These photographs were transformed into black and white graphics and numbered like some type of gym exercises and displayed on a billboard at the city center of Ankara during the election period in 2011.