'In a Century' by Francesca Banchelli and Emiliano Zelada
14 September - 12 October 2013
We are pleased to present In a Century, a collection of installation and performance works by London based Italian artists Francesca Banchelli and Emiliano Zelada.
For their show at torna, Francesca and Emiliano have produced a series of works questioning their own, the city's and the city dweller's positioning within the city's history and its current status. Their two interventions want to withdraw from the concept of how a city is formed and why, which comprehends factors such as: common space, available space, people and shapes, reflecting on the several kinds of divisions which affect the city and the summer's demonstrations.
Francesca Banchelli dialogues with the enormous movement of this early summer demonstrations in Istanbul, seen under the perspective of a giant spontaneous performance that took place in the city. A Good Performance is an installation that resonates the “debris” of the demonstration, investigated through each individual's intellectual and intimate effort, releasing the mind's and body wellness. In A Copy Produced By This Process, Francesca presents the clashes under the shape of printed mouse-pads and a performance unveiling moments of people’s daily closeness and each others’ fondness, to process and bring about a sense of renewing the idea of Revolution, hidden inside dreams of the future and its unbearable landscapes.
Using recorded actions, live performances, video and installations, Francesca Banchelli’s research, results in a body of work that questions performative dynamics. The gesture’s enhancement accompanied by time and surfaces, results in the shape of a rhythm, with which she faces conceptual encounters between matters; revealing the moment where a given context becomes an “event”.
Combining the resolutions of a historic period with its geographical impact is a task often left to analysts, in The Distance at Which We See Each Other, Emiliano Zelada takes both disciplines to look at today's situation in the city of Istanbul. The velcro strips resemble the city's inhabitants and beliefs. While balancing each other out by contrast, the strips also go onto narrating possible encounters, disputes and faithfulness that questions their historic and social belonging. Meanwhile in A Young Man Who Only Spoke The Truth – a motionless prepared vinyl - repositions the visitors into the timeline, by continuously repeating: belongs to history...
Emiliano Zelada is an artist and composer whose work conveys form with the production of sound. His approach to sculpture only vaguely reminds us of objects’ remote functions, veering towards an autonomous material state, where sound is involved as matter. The approach the works have to sound pertains to a hinted synchronization between matter and movement - not kinetic - but materializing a hypothetical action and human desire, towards a new confrontation, comparison and debate.
Francesca Banchelli (b. 1981) lives and works in London. Banchelli received the MA – Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2010 and the BFA at the Academy of Florence in 2007. She has recently presented her work in several international art spaces and took part in exhibitions such as: Mein Herz, Centrale Fies; Incontri/Encounters, SPE – Spazio Performatico ed Espositivo (IT); 24Hours/25Days, New Capital, Chicago (IL); Deutsche Börse Residency Program, Frankfurter Kunstverein, (D); S1 Salon, S1Artspace, Sheffield, UK; First prize - Portali dello Scompiglio #1; Museo Villa Croce, Genoa; Niente da Vedere tutto da vivere - Post Monument, XIV Biennial of Sculptur of Carrara, IT; Zeitgeist, MURO Gallery, Gènève, CH; Opa 0.2 (On Perform Art) - Athens, GR; Sarah’s Journey - 7° Bulgarian Biennial, Varna, BG; Villa Romana, Florence; Works on Video, Waseda University, Tokyo, JP.
Emiliano Zelada (b. 1979) is a London based artist and composer. He has extensively shown his work internationally: TATE Modern, London (2013); MACBA – Museo Arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona (2007), CCCB – Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (2008), in Spain. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica (2007), CIAC – Centro Internazionale Arte Contemporanea (2012) and Accademia di Santa Cecilia (2011) of Rome. As well as in the Sonar by Day 2007 - Barcelona, CONA – Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing (2011) and the 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts both in Ljubljana, Uqbar Project Space (2008) and NK (2010) in Berlin and the Casa da Musica do Porto (2011), among others.
This exhibition is kindly supported by European Cultural Foundation
'The Fade' by Molly Palmer
24th August - 8th September 2013
The Fade is a three-channel video work in which saturated layers of video, ambiguous architectural structures and hand painted sculptural objects combine to create immersive environments. These spaces form the backdrop for a dream-like narrative that explores the transformative potential of personal belief. The story unfolds around a broken mirror, which undergoes a series of metamorphoses to become a symbol of courage, catharsis and hope.
Molly Palmer graduated from Goldsmiths College's Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Studies program in 2007 and has continued to live and work in London, taking part in exhibitions, residencies and screenings at spaces including Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Kala Arts Institute, Berkeley CA, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Molly contributed three site specific works to London based artists' collective Dial Zero's Art Trail for the parallel program of Istanbul Biennale in 2011 and has been awarded Arts Council England's International Development grant to return and present The Fade as her first solo show in Istanbul. She will be joining the Royal Academy's postgraduate diploma in Fine Art this October.
This exhibition is kindly supported by Arts Council England
'Off Season' by Timothée Huguet
29th September - 27th October 2012
- we know that 20 years ago, was it?…that was 20 years ago…all this…to those roads...just to those roads…that was 20 years ago… hmmmm.
- ...20 years ago…
- there were no hotels…no HOTELS!…hotels were in Göçek…just here one or two shops…then the road where you can see…hmm…not the fairground, there was a big, big well (circular movement with his arm) and a bit of water-c[car noise]…we have been coming here for 13 years…
- 15, 15...
- we are…6 to 11 weeks in England, the rest…yeah yeah, but we are going back to England because we've got business so… we'll go back to England, but we'll come back for the new year, because they celebrate new year…big soul…obviously they aren't christian, they don't celebrate christmas but they do, everybody in the world celebrates the new year and there they really go for the big parties…there are these fires and parties, singing and dancing…yeah pretty good…(he laughs)
- …before here, just here, that was just concrete, there were no shops or anything at all…we came from the california hotel and we walked down the hill and there was nothing there…this, was the market place where they sold the clothes and this was the market place where they sold the vegetables.
…we come and live here…just old people who are retired…now we bring our dogs, two dogs from Birmingham…
…the weather, cost of living and something…we enjoy being here…
(a conversation with 3 local English people in Ölüdeniz, southern Turkey, 2010)
'UNTITLED (Balance her in between your eyes)' by Francesca Banchelli
30th June - 28th July 2012
A solo video screening by Italian artist Francesca Banchelli.
'UNTITLED (Balance her in between your eyes)' is shot in Teatralnaya Square, Moscow, below Karl Marx's monument. The action is a personal dance that simulates and reinterprets some yoga positions; at the same time it wants to recall some mass morning ritual exercises, executed by some school students and workers, before their shifts start in some countries like China and Japan. Compared to the emblematicness of the monument or to the massive ritual, in between of devotion and independency, the video wants to reveal the uniqueness of a personal action and the present times' unconditioned doing. Beside to the philosopher's image, in between the "closeness" and "extraneousness" towards him, there is a research for a minded collaboration and coexistence, closer to the concept of "eternity", than to "relationship".
(b. 1981, Italy) Francesca Banchelli lives and works in London. Banchelli completed the MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2010. Recent exhibitions include: S1/Salon at S1 Artspace, Sheffield UK (2012), Tornare per Partire_cartabianca, Museo Villa Croce, Genova IT (2012). Banchelli’s body of work appeals to the relationship between the conceptual and its material outcome, highlighting the moment in which a given context becomes an event.
'Özgür Kıl' by Charlie Coffey / 5th May - 25th May 2012
Torna's first solo presentation by UK artist Charlie Coffey opens on 5th of May.
Titled simply Özgür Kıl / Emancipate after the eponymous drawing in the show, Charlie Coffey's work explores the somewhat tired yet enduring motif of the 'island' – from literary construct to unspoilt paradise as antidote to contemporary westernised living.
Conceived of as a site-specific response to the city of Istanbul, Özgür Kıl depicts a solitary island in the sublime, deep blue sea - a monochrome image drained of its colour against an off-centre text overlay. Drawing upon Istanbul's location at the edge of two vast continents and the historic romanticisation of increasingly outmoded notions of east and west, Özgür Kıl deals with the notion of the island as a contemporary, imaginary symbol of desire. With Orientalist discourses long redundant, the drawing is concerned with the commodification of touristic desire through the convergence of this potent symbol with the utopian impulse.
The slippery lure of paradise appears in cultural references as far reaching as William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Alex Garland's The Beach and Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, firmly establishing the island as one of the most prevailing, romanticised settings in which to let human dramas, at times tragic and bleak, unfold. In Lord of the Flies, Golding uses the island as a device to explore the classic hypothetical scenario of what happens to human relations outside the confines of society. The notion of the island as a seemingly hermetic site, free from the heavy influence of civilisation, is conjured in the mind of the consumer seeking an exclusive island getaway.
Furthermore Özgür Kıl questions contemporary global tourism in relation to the legacy of colonialism; drawing parallels between the perennial search for unspoilt destinations and imperialist conquest of 'undiscovered' lands.
Charlie Coffey (b. 1981 Edinburgh, Scotland) graduated in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London in 2007 and currently lives and works in London. She works across drawing, sculpture and installation, often taking a site specific approach to exhibition making. Her practice brings together an interest in the political agency of art and (in)possibility of making a viable, socially engaged, artistic response.
Kadıköy Art Trail by Dial Zero / 21st Sept - 25th Sept 2011
From 21st until 25th September, a London based collective Dial Zero will use Torna as the headquarters for their latest project 'The Kadıköy Art Trail'. The space will also be one of the stops on the trail. The project focuses on making small-scale interventions around the city, using non-gallery spaces in the Kadıköy region. The locations include an antique shop, a secondhand book shop, an empty corner shop, Eminönü / Karaköy - Kadıköy boats, 3 different locations at Haydarpaşa train station, Moda seafront, an old arcade and various tree trunks.
Artists : Anne Haaland Bland, Charlie Coffey, Sian Robinson Davies, Merve Kaptan, Emmanuelle de la Lubie, Molly Palmer, Kristyan Robinson, Dan Walwin
There will also be a map publication produced as a guide to the works on show which can be collected from Torna.
Dial Zero is a group of international artists who graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 2007. Since then they have re-located to different cities and countries, forming a scattered network of individuals who continue to practise in a variety of different disciplines. In an attempt to address this disparity of ‘place’ and artistic concerns, Dial Zero aims to sustain an ongoing dialogue between its members through regular exhibitions and events, both in the UK and internationally.
The diagram: Blackboard Series / 2nd Sept - 16th Oct 2011
The first project to be held at Torna will be The diagram: Blackboard Series in collaboartion with Banner Repeater, London.
The blackboard series is a contributive and sequential series of diagrams, drawn onto the blackboard, in the working environment of the reception area at SPACE (studios and gallery) in London. Reflecting on the focus of the diagram over the last year at Banner Repeater, in its environment of a working station, and acting a little, perhaps, as a rear-view mirror, to move forwards.
A number of people who have engaged with the diagram over the last year at BR have been asked to contribute a diagram for the blackboard. The series is ephemeral in nature, being drawn in chalk, and there may be some consideration about how each contribution relates to the others, and how much of a palimpsest does this present.
Simultaneously, Banner Repeater will send to Torna the series of diagrams as they are drawn at SPACE, which will be translated by Torna, drawing the diagram on the blackboard for each new contribution.
Artists : Claire Nichols, Dean Kenning, Dave Burrows, John Mullarkey, Clunie Reid
Diagram 1 = 'Where to Start?' by John Mullarkey.
'Where to Start?' shows a number of names, or subjects, as place-holders, 'Badiou', 'Deleuze', 'Derrida', and 'Laruelle'. Each subject names a starting point respectively in mathematics, the animal, transcendental differance, and non-philosophy. Each names both a different decision, starting-point, starting-curve, or starting-line, as well as a new time to start a new diagram.'
Diagram 2 by Claire Nichols
Diagram 3 by Dean Kenning
Diagram 4 by Clunie Reid
Diagram 5 by David Burrows
Banner Repeater is an artist led contemporary art space and a reading room dedicated to artists' printed material, founded by Ami Clarke in 2009 , located on platform 1, Hackney Downs train station, London. The project is driven by its location, in the natural interstice the platform and incidental footfall of over 4,000 passengers a day provides. The reading room holds a collection of artist's books and other printed material, for both browsing and purchase. The permanent collection is home to Publish and be Damned's public library. The project space has an arts programme of exhibitions, events and performance, and publishes pamphlets and posters in tandem with this, which are free to take away. Ideas relating to publishing have pushed further many of the works in the arts programme.