“Icon”, video still from the performance
İkon features new drawings and installations by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins as well as an art performance on the opening night at Sabanci University Minerva Han in Karakoy, Istanbul, June 6.
The exhibition is composed of three interlinked sections: Icon, Iconostasis, and Iconoclast, each exploring the power invested in iconic images, both sacred and profane.
The “Icon” performance parallels the two installations, utilizing many of the same symbols, both visually in the form of banners, flags and placards reproducing images from the drawings, and a spoken text which interweaves excerpts from Arab Spring speeches into a poetic discourse on the drastic political changes of today.
The exhibition is an international curatorial partnership with Senior Curators Lanfranco Aceti, (Kasa Gallery Director, Sabanci University) and Christiane Paul, (The New School and the Whitney Museum of American Art), In House Curator Ozden Sahin (Sabanci University) and Adjunct Curator Vince Dziekan (Monash University).
“In this times of complex social changes, artists can offer the opportunity to discover and understand our relationship to the imagery that we are being exposed to and that is being framed as ‘iconic’ change in media controlled and highly politicized discourses.” said Lanfranco Aceti, Kasa Gallery Director.