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Asli Sungu [Videonale.10]

*1975, in Istanbul TUR, lives and works in Berlin GER
Studied at Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin GER and University of the Arts Istanbul TUR

Exhibitions [selection]:

2014 Neighbours. Contemporary Narratives from Turkey and Beyond, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul TUR 

2013 Four Sermons to the Dead, Pi Artworks, Istanbul TUR 

2012 Dream and Reality, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul TUR 

2011 Masa Berlin, West Germany, Berlin GER 

         Der ideale Ort, um mit der Freiheit unter vier Augen zu sprechen, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen GER 

2010 Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden GER [S] 

2009 Galerie Lena Brüning, Berlin GER [S] 

2008 Noise and Silence, Khyber Institute, Halifax CAN [S] 

         Moment of Agency, Screening, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunsthalle Basel SUI 

2007 Nightcomers, 10. Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul TUR 

         Förderkohle, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin GER


Asli Sungu x

Steckengeblieben, 2003, 15:00 (7:57) min., colour, sound [VIDEONALE.10]

A woman stands in front of her wardrobe, closing the buttons running up the back of her shirt. The viewer can only see her from behind. She makes a mistake with the very first button, matching it to the wrong buttonhole. She tries again and again to button the shirt properly, starting from the bottom, then from the top, using both hands or sometimes only one hand. Her contortions and wriggling, interrupted by short pauses, indicate how strenuous this task is for her. For a brief moment, she thinks she has reached her goal: she feels up and down the button placket and realises, disappointed, that she has once again failed to button the shirt correctly. But she carries on, persistently and almost stubbornly. The viewer is put into a strangely oppressive situation, similar to the helplessness of the protagonist herself: he knows from the outset that her efforts are in vain, that she will fail at each renewed attempt. Without the help of a third hand, she will never reach her goal. For the viewer, the abrupt end comes as a release.

Natalie Maya Nonaka

Asli Sungu [ Videonale.10 ]