January 25 – February 24, 2018
Centro Comercial Camino Real
7:00pm: Artist talk, Hasan Özgür Top
7:30pm – 9:00pm: Opening Reception
Protocinema at Proyecto AMIL is pleased to present The Atelier by Hasan Özgür Top. Filmed in Turkey and debuted in Lima, The Atelier, 2018, investigates processes and effects of nationalism and its increasingly complex relationship with capitalism, as it exists across continents and time.
Hasan Özgür Top’s new work is presented in the context of Peru’s right-wing populist movement, on-going since Alberto Fujimori dissolved Peru’s congress with military backing in 1992, and in the light of major international shifts of power towards conservatism. The Atelier takes the viewer to a specific Turkish flag manufacturing shop in Istanbul; where the audience is introduced to a few workers making flags amidst their employers. What starts as a tour of the technical process at a modest workshop unfolds into an age-old practice of transforming a simple piece of fabric into a sacred symbol. In this work Hasan Özgür Top takes the pulse of popular opinion by making visible this small, independent company’s foreign trade relations. A subtle yet important shift exposes economic ties with the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Kurdish party in Iraq, even though supporting Iraqi Kurds stands against Turkish nationalist ideals. The Atelier also brings to light the use of a growing Syrian workforce. These contradictions, stand as examples in Turkey where loyalty to nationhood is superseded by capitalism, which is the most recent tipping point in current social and political conditions globally
The Atelier will remain on exhibition in Proyecto AMIL until Saturday 24 February 2018.
HASAN ÖZGÜR TOP’s new commission as suppoted by SAHA, Istanbul.
· Single channel video
· 1920 x 1080p
Payan Ece Özçetin