LECTURE: The Politics of Writing Art Histories: Narratives of Contemporary Art, Feminism, and Women Artists from Turkey

17 September 2019 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room, Atatürk Bulvarı 154, first floor, 06690

A BIAA Lecture by Ceren Özpınar, Lecturer, Programme of Art and Design, University of Brighton

Discussant: Belgin Turan Özkaya, Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University

Summary of Event: This lecture will critically evaluate art history writing from Turkey by examining how women artists have been positioned through particular models and tropes since the 1960s. In order to demonstrate how art histories could be reshaped, it will explore the ways in which the actual encounters of artists take on further significance in their art. Through an elaborate reading of a few select artworks, the lecture will show how the intertwined positions of criticality allow for new visual epistemologies in art history.

Ceren Özpınar is a lecturer at the University of Brighton, History of Art and Design Programme, whose research comprises contemporary art, art historiography and feminist art histories with a special focus on Turkey and the Middle East since 1960. Before joining Brighton, Özpınar held a British Academy Newton International Fellowship at the University of Sussex (2015-17). Özpınar's first monograph, Türkiye'de Sanat Tarihi Yazımı (1970-2010) [The Art Historiography in Turkey (1970-2010)], was published in 2016 by Tarih Vakfı Press.

Belgin Turan Özkaya is a professor of architectural history at Middle East Technical University in Ankara interested in the intertwined and critical histories of nineteenth and twentieth-century architectures. Recently, she co-initiated a British Academy project, "Ambivalent Geographies," to probe architecture and culture in West Asia within the framework of the Ottoman British interactions, and started working on a connected history of the Ottoman and British cultures of collecting, entitled Itinerant Objects: British Museum and the Ottoman Response to Antiquity. She has received fellowships and grants from the CCA, Koç University RCAC and the Getty. Among her publications are Rethinking Architectural Historiography (Routledge, 2006), which was longlisted for the RIBA Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award, “Transpositions on the Edge of Europe” (Journal of Architecture, 2011), and a special collection on “Travel” (Architectural Histories, 2016). In 2017-2018 she was an AKPIA Associate at Harvard University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture.  

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