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Baha Görkem Yalım




Join us on December 20th for the Background Evening, hosted by Baha Görkem Yalım, with an hour-long performance offered in the company of the generous friendship and care of artists Mazen Al Ashkar and Nagham Abu Assaf. For every solo exhibition at 1646, the artist is asked to informally share with our audience the thinking, inspiration and motivations behind their works and exhibition, in an event we call Background Evening.

The performance takes place in the subversive sleep of the exhibition. It looks at silence as an agreement, a social contract, in accord with how Mulch Sleep reframes emptiness as a thing that can hold the familiar and the strange together. Beauty as the indicator that something is not quite right is an invitation to sit together in the light and in the dark, share silence, share tea, and be together while not waking the exhibition from its sleep. The performance follows the subversive understanding of beauty expressed in Eka Kurniawan’s “Man Tiger”, “Beauty is a Wound”, and Shola von Reinhold’s “Lote”, unsurprisingly three novels. What does beauty mean when it makes an apparition in unlikely places, in places of oppression?

The door opens at 19:00, and the performance starts at 19:30.


About Baha Görkem Yalım: Baha Görkem Yalım is a Dutch/Turkish visual artist and educator. Görkem’s practice is multidisciplinary and defined by being purposefully in flux, refusing to crystallise in any one form or medium. They employ video, sculpture, and performance, sometimes in variations and always as folds of the one and same practice. In all its variations, things come together toward durational proposals and are radically allowed to appear as themselves. Their position at times also crosses to writer, mediator, and curator and includes the production of texts across poetry, fiction, and academic reflection. Görkem’s practice is deeply tied to art history, its readings, re-readings, and misreadings. Objecthood and history (with a particular interest in “the keepsake”), abstraction (as a subversive, revolutionary tool), and contamination (as a form of collaboration) are concepts frequently thematised. Görkem interrogates the concepts through the lens of labour and gender, often summoning questions of ritual, display, and refrain. These open questions come together in a desire to diminish art and artist as unified ontological categories. Görkem completed their Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Honours in Art and Research at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the University of Amsterdam, and Masters in Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI). They recently exhibited their works in A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam (2022), Nederland Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2022), Kunstverein Amsterdam (2021), Protocinema, Istanbul (2021) and Kunstverein Stuttgart (2019). Baha Görkem Yalım lives and works in Amsterdam.


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