Gülsün Karamustafa (turkey)


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Gülsün Karamustafa

My contribution for “War is Peace” will be a group of old photographs which I came accross in a second hand bookstore, from the archives of the Faculty of Law of the University of Constatinople from the Ottoman Empire.
Being the allies of Germany and Austria during the 1st World War, the archive photographs are mainly the propaganda materials and represent the intimate moments of the allied armies in their actions.
Coming together with another photo showing the war victims from the balkans with false limbs provided by the red cross in 1919, they talk about a well known story that continuously repeats itself.
The project will be a slide show without sound, approximately 3 minutes, with this interesting unique material.

Gülsün Karamustafa graduated from the Istanbul State Fine Arts Academy. She lives and works in Istanbul.
She participated in the 2nd 3rd and 4th International Istanbul Biennials (1987) (1992) (1995), the 3rd Kwangju (2000), 8th Havana, 3rd Cetinje (2003) 1st Seville Biennial (2004) 3rd Guangzou Triennial, 11th. Cairo Biennale (2008).
She had solo shows in Musée d’Art et Histoire Geneva, 1999, Alberto Peola Gallery Torino 2004, Galerie Immanence Paris 2005, Villa Stuck Munich, Dunkers Kulturhus Helsingborg, Prometeo Gallery Milan, in 2006 among others. Also in 2006 a retrospective with video projects (2000-2005) was held in Kunsthalle Fridericianum. In 2008 two solo presentations Kunstmuseum Bonn and Salzburger Kunstverein took place.

She took part in exhibitions in 2006: ANOS 80: A Topology, Serralves Museum, Porto, Soleil Noir, Depression und Gesellschaft, Salzburger Kunstverein, The Grand Promenade, National Museum of Contemporary Art – EMST, Athens, Why Pictures Now, Fotografie und Medienkunst heute MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien Vienna, Projekt Migration, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, in 2005 Centre of Gravity, Istanbul Modern, Ethnic Marketing, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Contour Video Art Biennale, Mechelen and in 2003 In den Schluchten des Balkan, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Blood&Honey, Sammlung Essl, Vienna, When Latitudes Become Forms, Walker Art Center, Minnesota. i.e.

Her works are included in the collections of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg and the Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven among others.