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Story of the journeys is at Siemens Sanat with ""Viatico/ Yolluk""

Story of the journeys is at Siemens Sanat with "Viatico/ Yolluk "

Siemens Sanat, one of the most important addresses of contemporary art in Turkey since 2004, meets new season with the exhibition called "Viatico/ Yolluk ". T. Melih Görgün and Vittorio Urbani are the curators of the exhibition which includes the works of the Italian artists Elisabetta Benassi, Letizia Cariello and Delfina Marcello. The exhibition will meet art lovers in the opening week of the 11th International Istanbul Biennial and can be visited at Siemens Sanat between September 12th and November 15th.

In the exhibition, the works of the Italian artists Elisabetta Benassi, Letizia Cariello and Delfina Marcello will be shown with a publication including texts by T. Melih Görgün, Işın Önol and Vittorio Urbani. The exhibition is within the 11th International Istanbul Biennial Parallel Program and the works of the artists consist of installations, photographs and videos.

Viatico/ Yolluk

Viatico is an old Italian word meaning the things that are given to the travelers for bringing luck and for protection from dangers and difficulties throughout the journey. It consists of things and expressions that are small and easy to carry but rich in either utilitarian or spiritual value like a recommendation, some food, a gesture of blessing, the gift of a special object or talisman, anything to bring luck. The fact that the journeys changed today and were commoditized brings new meanings to the expressions and objects that define "viatico".

The exhibition deals with the changing journey of viatico accompanying travelers by three Italian artists. The works of the Italian artists bring a new viewpoint to the objects and concepts that penetrate our daily life. The visitors will be in a new journey with their own viewpoints and personal experiences through the accessible works.

Elisabetta Benassi takes advantage from video by underlining the relation within the commercial film making, in order to stage short stories with strong emotional content and symbolic charge. Benassi refers to the Italian cultural mythology and traditions in her stories through her personal, intimate reading. The artist displays her video in large-size projection walls to allow the viewer to enter the screen.

Letizia Cariello uses different media in her works like photography, drawings, embroidery, sculpture and installation. In all works, the artist includes inscribed and embroidered numbers and lists these numbers consisting of the calendar date numbers in a mysterious way. The exhibition includes the photographs, small sculpture and installation of Cariello.

Delfino Marcello participates in the exhibition with short films and narrates her fragile stories between allegory and chaos. Marcello's films are emotionally charged and have no dialogues.

"Viatico:Yolluk" exhibition suggests that the viewer/traveler may be allowed to move beyond the surface of reality seemingly without movement from one physical location to another. This exhibition itself becomes a journey with the arrival of both artists and their works from Italy to Istanbul. The exhibition also contains its own viatico with its expectations for the outcome of the uncertain future.

Curated by T. Melih Görgün and Vittorio Urbani and sponsored by Osram, Ran-Trans, Madebycat and Intercity, "Viatico/ Yolluk " exhibition can be visited at Siemens Sanat everyday of the week between September 12th and November 15th from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Viatico exhibition has been produced by Siemens Sanatwith the collaboration of Nuova Icona

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