‘Place After Place’

21.05.2009, Thursday, 18:00 - 18:50


The presentation will address the broader themes of  ‘places of departure’ and ‘mobile transitions’. Central to my practice are concepts and themes that probe the notion of place, which I have been exploring in my recent multiple and single channel video installations. The works centre on ideas of ephemerality, rhythm, transience and mobility. Point of Departure and Adrift examine the different registers of mobility looking at the conception of progressive sense of place, the notion of borders and journeys from a multitude of perspectives. Quintet Without Borders and Tahtakale explore patterns of ‘social spaces’, and have their emphasis on the socio-political human landscape of mobile cultures. The works also point at the rhythm analysis and the specificity of geographies. They are intended to be elicit and poetic representations exposing the boundaries of urban life.

Ergin Çavuşoğlu, 'Tahtakale', four channel video installation, four channel sound, Haunch of Venison, London, 2004, copyright the artist

Ergin Çavuşoğlu, "Place After Olace", six channel video installation and sound, perspex, fluorescent light, Kunsteverein Freiburg, 2008
ergincavusoglu80.jpgErgin Çavuşoğlu, "Point of Departure", six channel video installation, three channel sound, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 2006, Photography: Marc Doradzilloergincavusoglu77.jpg
Ergin Çavuşoğlu "Downward Straits", four channel video installation, four channel sound, Beck's Futures 2004, ICA, London, copyright the artist


Ergin Çavuşoğlu (b. Bulgaria, 1968) studied fine arts at The National School of Fine Arts ‘Iliya Petrov’, Sofia in the early 1980s. He consequently received a BA in mural painting from the University of Marmara, Istanbul, and an MA from Goldsmiths, London, where he now lives and works.

He represented Turkey at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and received widespread public attention in 2004 when he was short-listed for the Beck’s Futures Prize. Recent exhibitions include Voyage of no Return, Threshold artspace, Perth, Scotland, Place after Place, Kunstverein Freiburg, Quintet Without Borders, Best of Discovery, ShContemporary, Shanghai, and Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Point of Departure, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and NGCA Sunderland, All Inclusive – A Tourist World, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Entanglement, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, the 8th Istanbul Biennial, British Art Show 6 and the 3rd Berlin Biennial. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include, Ergin Cavusoglu, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2009), and Ergin Cavusoglu, Galerist, Istanbul (2010).