PREVIEW: Ipek Duben: THEY / ONLAR

Fabrica are staging an exhibition by respected Turkish artist Ipek Duben.

THEY/ONLAR (THEY), a multi-screen video installation, previously seen at SALT, Istanbul, Turkey, will be presented at Fabrica for its UK premiere.

​THEY/ONLAR focuses on how Turkish society views They or the Other. Through the stories of several individuals the artist goes behind the scene in Turkish society, allowing us to glimpse her country’s diversity of ethnic, religious and gender positions, the perceptions of members of the Sunni majority, and the everyday discrimination and resistance that it engenders.

​In Turkey They covers many ethnic, and religious groups: Kurds, Alevis, Armenians, Jews, Rum (Greek) and Romanis. They also refers to LGBT+ people, women, covered women, women subjected to domestic violence.

​Through their personal testimonies Duben’s subjects discuss their histories, attitudes, prejudices, hear-say and personal experiences concerning each other. But in portraying Turkish society Ipek Duben ultimately invites us to examine ourselves in our context: to listen; to learn; to understand; to be generous to, rather than threatened by the Other.


Event: THEY / ONLAR, an exhibition by Turkish artist Ipek Duben

Where: Fabrica, Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AG

When: Runs till May 29, 2017

Cost: Free entry

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