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Hale TENGER, an internationally established multimedia artist beyond conventional boundaries

ISTANBUL — Unpredictable weather means winter isn’t the most popular season for visiting Istanbul, but it is a great time for gallery-hopping: Many of the best museums and art spaces in the Beyoglu district have just opened compelling new exhibitions.

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The most powerful piece in this show is Hale Tenger’s “I Know People Like This III.” Visitors who enter the gallery from Istiklal Caddesi walk through this chronological maze of x-ray prints, a sort of light-box labyrinth, that lays out traumatic images from Turkish political history, including public protests, the killing of journalists and scenes of violence that followed the 1980 military coup.

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Original article was published on NY Times blog in 2012.

I Know People Like This III, 2013
Photographs from press archives, dry laser print on medical imaging films, plexiglass sheets, LED, metal; height of each module 210 cm., approximate length of total set of modules 45 m., dispersion pattern varies.
Medical film dimensions: 35 x 43 cm., 26 x 36 cm., 20 x 25 cm.
Installation view from the exhibition “Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment” at ARTER, 2013

About Hale Tenger:

Hale Tenger (b.1960, Izmir, Turkey) is an internationally established multimedia artist whose works cut across conventional boundaries. Her large scale environments, video installations, as well as objects and video works, explore the dichotomy between nature and culture, and consider power relations through the role of observation.

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After studying computer programming at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, she continued her study at Istanbul Academy of Fine Art and completed her Master’s degree in the Ceramics Department. She later studied at the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education in Wales for her postgraduate studies.

Tenger had solo exhibitions in galleries in Turkey as well as

  • Kunst Werke in Berlin (1993-1994),
  • Galerie Le Monde de l’Art in Paris (1995), and
  • Mannheimer Kuntsverein in Mannheim (2001).

She also has participated in many group exhibitions:

  • the Painting and Sculpture Museum of the Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul (1990);
  • Modern and Beyond: 1950-2000 exhibition at Santral Istanbul (2007-2008);
  • the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1996);
  • Centre d’art Contemporain, Geneva (1999);
  • Historisches Museum, Hannover (2000); and
  • Kunstmuseum, Bonn (2002), as well as
  • various biennials including those in Havana, San Paulo, Johannesburg and Istanbul.

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