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Ergin Çavu?o?lu invited artist at 'Blind Dates - Ottomans & Europeans'
Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy.

Ergin Çavu?o?lu invited artist at 'Blind Dates - Ottomans & Europeans'

Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy) has invited Ergin Çavu?o?lu to participate as a senior visiting artist to the project "Blind Dates"- Ottomans & Europeans, reflecting on five centuries of cultural relations. 

The “Blind Dates” project, lead by Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto in collaboration with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, and curated by Beral Madra, intends to stimulate creative encounters between young and senior generations of European artists with artists from Turkey. The key objective is to explore the field of the relations between Europe and Islamic cultures from the point of view of socially engaged contemporary art: critical theory, art-praxis and relational aesthetics will be used to discuss and explore global themes of mutual interest such as the image of the other, the migration of minorities, the impact and relevance of cultural activism, past and present cultural mobility, secularity versus laicism, spirituality and monotheisms, the idea of the individual and the collective in the western european and islamist cultures.
The project consists of a three weeks residency in Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella (Italia) involving six young artists, followed by a shorter period of encounter in Turkey in 2016. Six senior artists and various experts and intellectuals from Turkey and Europe will join the residency for a shorter period.
The artists are expected to share their ideas and generate reflections and artistic responses such as performances, presentations, concerts, or a public dialogue at the end of the session.
Junior participant artists: Erol Eskici / Leone Contini / Eda Gecikmez / Mary Zygouri / Driant Zeneli / Naci Gunes Guven
Senior participant artists: Adrian Paci / Gulcin Aksoy / Ergin Cavusoglu / Guven Incirlioglu / Michelangelo Pistoletto
with the theoretical contribution of Prof. Massimo Campanini
Open studio at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto
17th July 2015, 5.00 pm
“Blind Dates” is a strand of the project “Ottomans & Europeans” by BOZAR, Brussels and KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM - VIENNA, THE NATIONAL MUSEUM - KRAKOW WITTE DE WITH – ROTTERDAM, CITTADELLARTE-FONDAZIONE PISTOLETTO and THE ISTANBUL FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS;  it is a EU funded project which proposes a journey through five centuries of shared cultural history between Europe and Turkey.
It consists of two major exhibitions, "The Sultan’s World. The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art", BOZAR, in Brussels, (from 27/02/2015 to 31/05/2015) and "Ottomania. The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art", Krakow National Museum, in Krakow (from 26/06/2015 to 27/09/2015). The exhibitions propose to showcase the results of artistic exchanges between Europe and the Ottomans during the Renaissance and will stimulate artistic encounters and discussions on EU-Turkish cultural relations today.