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Miniature 2.0

Miniature in Contemporary Art

26 March - 28 June 2020

Focusing on contemporary approaches to miniature painting, the exhibition brings together the works of 13 artists from different countries such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. The artists do not treat miniature solely as a historical object, they emphasize its theoretical potential as a contemporary art form. Using various forms such as sculpture, video, photography, and installation, they bring out miniature from books, where it has resided for centuries, give it a new dimension, and search for ways in which miniature can live in the contemporary world.

Contemporary miniature goes beyond its former context in terms of form and content, and it focuses on issues such as colonialism, orientalism, economic inequality, gender, politics of identity, discrimination, social violence, compulsory migration, and representation. The exhibition emphasizes the artists’ various approaches to traditional miniature, as well as revealing the commonalities between them.

Curated by Azra Tüzünoğlu and Gülce Özkara, the exhibition features work by Hamra Abbas, Rashad Alakbarov, Halil Altındere, Dana Awartani, Fereydoun Ave, CANAN, Cansu Çakar, Hayv Kahraman, Imran Qureshi, Nilima Sheikh, Shahpour Pouyan, Shahzia Sikander and Saira Wasim.

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Hayv Kahraman
Nabog, 2014

Right Hand Images

Halil Altındere
Süleyman the Magnificent is Going to Friday Prayer, 2020

Shahpour Pouyan
Anushirvan, His Ministers and Buzurgmihr in Conversation, 2013

Imran Qureshi
Moderate Enlightenment, 2009

Fereydoun Ave
Untitled, 2018

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