Arzu Arda Kosar

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September 2010

YOUTHTOPİA S, M, L, XL
September 02 -19 2010
Artists: Arzu Arda Koşar & Gül Çağın

Gul Cagin ve Arzu Arda Kosar ‘s mixed media work exploring the coming of age process in Istanbul will be on display at Istanbul European Capital of Culture Art Harbor on September 2-19, 2010.

This body of work emerged from a dialog the artists have developed with a group of youth from the Kucuk Armutlu ghetto in Istanbul over a period of two years, manifested itself with street installations and graffiti in 2009 and continued with interactive collage workshops in April 2010. The project culminates with the gallery installation Youthtopia: S, M, L, XL where artists approach their theme with socio-spacial perspective and try to trace and reveal narrations from different voices, examine the ways the process of inclusion and exclusion in realms of realms of symbolic, imaginary and real life and how youth navigate the drawn boundaries of the’other’ and ‘normal’.

In their quest to fit in, youth go through various voluntary and involuntary transformations. In Youthtopia: S, M, L, XL, altering appearance, gestures, language, and presenting surrogate personalities in relation to environment are reexamined in conjunction with local geographies and spaces to reveal deeper structures of what is seen on the surface.

Los Angeles based artists Arzu Arda Kosar and Gul Cagin have been active both individually and collaboratively in the USA, Spain and Turkey, including a show at Borusan Art Gallery in Istanbul exploring Los Angeles and Istanbul art scenes. They have curated a series of alternative art events in locations including New Zealand, Turkey, Thailand and the USA, and in spaces such as Crazy Space at the 18th Street Art Center, Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Claremont Graduate School, and University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, CA and in Brooklyn, NY.

Project contact:
Arzu Arda Kosar: 90 538-976-7352
Gul Cagin 90 539 435 85 60
Email: gulandarzu@gmail.com
www.transistanbul.org

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