Performance: One – Nazlı Gürlek | Parallel Event of the Exhibition ‘The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük’

Nazlı Gürlek
Istanbul Biennial Parallel Event
In Collaboration with ANAMED and Performistanbul
Duration: 3 hours
Performer: Aslı Bostancı
Date: 23.09.2017
Time: 17:00 – 20:00
Venue: ANAMED, 3rd Floor, Terrace
In collaboration with Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and Performistanbul, Nazlı Gürlek’s performance entitled “ONE” will be presented on Saturday, September 23, between 5.00-8.00 pm, at ANAMED in Istanbul. The performance is inspired by a wall painting dated around 6500 BC, discovered in Building 80 at Çatalhöyük.

Gürlek re-creates the ritual by bringing three different ways of expression including painting, documentation and movement together: two 9-metre rolls of paper with drawings inspired by the Çatalhöyük painting; visual documentation of the excavation process showing the unveiling of the painting and a live performance based on bodily movements of a performist. The performance will take place at the terrace on the 3rd floor of ANAMED for 3 hours, saluting the sunset and will be open to the public for free.

The performance is organised parallel to ANAMED’s exhibition entitled “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük” that celebrates the 25th excavation season of the Çatalhöyük Research Project. “ONE” by Nazlı Gürlek is a performance project, inspired by a wall painting dated around 6500 BC, discovered in Building 80 at Çatalhöyük. The wall painting is considered to have been created as a part of a ritual. Gürlek brings the 9000-year-old Çatalhöyük archaeological find back to life and presents it to the audience from an artistic point of view.

The project is also an attempt at an artistic adaptation of the archaeological methodology of the Çatalhöyük project based on “reflexivity, interactivity, multivocality, and contextuality”.