"Istanbul: Visual Operative / Crawling Carpets", 2005 is a double screen work made during the artist's stay in Istanbul, a city on the border between West and East, straddling two continents.
The artist assumes the persona of an 'operative' gathering data on behalf of the European Union, in this still exotic, but changing city. His mission is to evaluate the visual environment of Istanbul ahead of Turkey's negotiating process for accession to the EU. Always on the alert for visual irregularities, the operative shows us images of familiar landmarks, Westernised shops, and street bazaars, set to a voiceover which conveys the operative's findings.
Boyadjiev is addressing the different cultural expectations and attitudes that lie at the heart of the difficult relationship between Europe and Asia. The artist suggests, with dead-pan irony, that perhaps Turkey should be integrated into the EU in three stages, gradually and progressively extending Europe's standards and systems ever Eastwards .
Luchezar Boyadjiev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and trained as an art historian and theorist at the National Art Academy, Sofia. He started exhibiting in 1989. Luchezar was the founding member of the Sofia Institute of Contemporary Art and has exhibited and lectured internationally, including Manifesta 4, Frankfurt, Germany, 2002; Roma in Sofia Bologna, Italy, 2004; Memory Lane 9th Istanbul Biennial, 2005; Belief 1st Singapore Biennale, 2006, and The 45 Minute Retro-Spection in Bucharest. His performances include Pearl Guided Tour at the 7th International Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates, in 2005. In 2006 he is artist-in residence at the MuseumsQuartier, Vienna.
Intertwingularity explores photography as a system of complex connections, processes and technologies. This exhibition presents new modes of making and thinking about photography by linking unconventional/experimental photographic processes with new media technologies. It highlights photography's interconnectedness with other representational media; and examines the levels of abstraction that accompanies digital translations of photographic information. Intertwingularity not only explores photography's contemporary context, it offers possibilities for photography's future.
Tracy Cornish is currently completing a PhD by Research and lectures in Photography at the University of South Australia. Her exhibitions include Festival Attitude, Magaza Bitola, Macedonia (2005), World Year of Physics Art Prize, Macquarie University, Sydney (2005), National Museum of Australia, Canberra (2004), and Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2002).
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