CANAN

Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum is between 8 June 2016 and 14 August 2016. Over 280 nominations for the Jameel Prize 4 were received from countries as far ranging as Afghanistan, Mali, Puerto Rico and Thailand. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, selected the shortlist. Works on show range from delicate paper collages to an animated video installation with marionettes and from ceramics, calligraphy and sculpture to artist’s books. 

One of the eleven shortlisted artists and designers, CANAN talks about her works and her craftsmanship!

CANAN uses diverse media, from performance art to painting to textiles, to comment on contemporary political issues in Turkey. She is a strong advocate of women’s rights.

In the two works on display she adapts the conventions of Ottoman manuscript illustration to depict incidents from the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.

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Resistance on Istiklal Street shows police using a water cannon against demonstrators. Rioting is taking place in side streets. As in many Ottoman city views, Istanbul is seen from above, and the buildings are shown as flattened shapes. In Bosphorus Bridge a group of protestors have broken a police blockade to reach Gezi Park.

Resistance on Istiklal Street  2014 (detail) Ink, colours and gold on paper  980 x 1340 mm

Resistance on Istiklal Street
2014 (detail)
Ink, colours and gold on paper
980 x 1340 mm

CANAN was born in Istanbul, Turkey, where she lives and works.

The Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum. Please click here for more info about the exhibition!

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