Protocinema Screening Tour 2019
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Onde – Artrum
Official Screening: Tuesday, November 26, 6:15 pm

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Hera Büyüktasciyan, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Lara Ögel, Ahmet Ögüt, Hale Tenger, Hasan Özgür Top, Theo Triantafyllidis

Protocinema Screening Tour 2019, expanded version, created and realized with the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo as a space of interconnection between art and cinema, this year presented in section Onde – Artrum, of 37th Torino Film Festival, on Tuesday, November 26. Protocinema Screening Tour 2019 consists of eight single channel videos by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme, Ahmet Öğüt, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Lara Ögel, Hasan Özgür Top, Hale Tenger and Theo Triantafyllidis, co-curated with Mari Spirito and Asli Seven, furthering our mission to engage cross-cultural dialogue.

Protocinema Screening Tour 2019, highlights themes of constraints of constructed urban life and psychological impacts of societal developments – ancient, historical and forthcoming – from multiple perspectives. Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Lara Ögel, and Hale Tenger use folktales, history and story-telling in contemporary narratives to address aspects of societies that may have changed yet remain the same in a different guise. Theo Triantafyllidis’ video is a recording of a VR (Virtual Reality) live performance, which carries ideas of how images and ideas had been created in the past, while fully in the future-present. Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme have created avatars based on themselves and participants of the ‘March of Return’ that took place on the Gaza border. Ahmet Öğüt brings together aspects of social-political life in Mexico with the language of film. Hasan Özgür Top’s video investigates processes and effects of nationalism and its increasingly complex relationship with capitalism. These artists share a dynamic affinity and are committed to raising consciousness on a range of issues, often using personal narratives to interrogate socio-political and racial constructs.

Hasan Özgür Top, 28:00 min.
The Atelier, 2018
Theo Triantafyllidis, 11:49 min.
Studio Visit 09: Painting Preview, 2018
Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, 10:10 min.
Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky, 2019
Vajiko Chachkhiani, 10:07 min
Shivering Heart, 2018
Lara Ögel, 10:00 min.
Dream lives of debris (and what has location may be approached), 2019
Ahmet Öğüt, 10:04 min
The Missing T, 2018
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme 10:00 min.
At those terrifying frontiers where the existence and
disappearance of people fade into each other, 2019
Hale Tenger, 2:31 min.
Under, 2019

Protocinema Screening Tour 2019, in its earlier incarnation, premiered at Protocinema (Istanbul, Turkey) in partnership with Kundura Sinema, Beykoz then went to: Rampa (Porto, Portugal), SculptureCenter (Long Island City, New York), sub, (Çanakkale, Turkey), Teatro Union (Honda, Colombia), Cinémathèque de Tangier (Tangier, Morocco), and Lumbardhi (Prizen, Kosovo).

Special Thanks toFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Irene Calderoni; AKI AORA, Mexico; Alserkal Art Foundation, Dubai; The Breeder, Athens; Green Art Gallery, Dubai; Meredith Rosen, New York; Galeri Nev, Istanbul; Daniel Marzona, Berlin; SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo; YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Baku.

Protocinema is a cross-cultural art organization that commissions and presents site-aware art around the world. Based in Istanbul and New York, we produce critical installations of the highest artistic quality and accessible to everyone. Protocinema evokes empathy towards understanding of difference across regions though: exhibitions, commissions, public programing and mentorship. Founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito, Protocinema is a non-profit 501(c)3, free of ‘brick and mortar’, sites vary to respond both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground.