Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival 2014

Ilhan Ersahin’s and Husnu Senlendirici’s Wonderland on Sunday, 2nd of June impressed the audience of Athens with their excellent performance in “Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival” where they presented  their new album titled: “The Other Side”. Takis Barberis, a “very good friend of theirs”, as Ilhan Ersahin called him, was invited on stage and they performed favorite tunes.

The participation of Wonderland in the festival was implemented with the kind support of the Office of Culture and Tourism of Turkish Embassy in Athens which intends to support future cultural activities.

About Wonderland

A great Turkish saxophone player, who was born in Stockholm and studied in the USA. A musician who embraces contemporary American jazz and its ideology, but who also considers Middle-eastern and Balkan culture as a main ingredient of his music and manages to incorporate it in his own compositions and creations in a very natural way.  His music ranges from traditional Turkish and gypsy music up to contemporary electronica.  A special place in his music range is reserved for his work with the groups titled ”Instabul Sessions” in whose music we can find some of the most beautiful and charming faces of contemporary world jazz. The case of Ilhan Ersahin is one of the most peculiar and worth mentioning ones in today’s jazz scene. The story of Wonderland begins 12 years ago when Ilhan met Husnu Senlendirici, one of the main players of Balkan/Gipsy tradition, a difficult achievement for a musician under the age of 40. Born and raised in family of musicians, he is very famous in Turkey not due to his TV appearances but due to his excellent music skills.

Έκθεση ζωγραφικής Doğan Paksoy


Το Γραφείο  Πολιτισμού και Τουρισμού της Τουρκικής Πρεσβείας στην Αθήνα χαιρετίζει την διοργάνωση της  πρώτης ατομικής παρουσίασης του έργου του  Doğan Paksoy στην Αθήνα, με τίτλο ‘The Other Side of the Night (Η άλλη όψη της Νύχτας). H έκθεση του διακεκριμένου Τούρκου Καλλιτέχνη, εκδότη και ιδιοκτήτη μιας εκ των σημαντικότερων αιθουσών τέχνης στην Κωνσταντινούπολη παρουσιάζεται στην Gallery Genesis (Χάρητος 35, Κολωνάκι) από τις 29 Απριλίου ως τις 17 Μαΐου 2014.

«Στην πρώτη ατομική παρουσίαση του έργου του στην Αθήνα, ο σημαντικός Τούρκος καλλιτέχνης Doğan Paksoy προτείνει μια σειρά από εμβληματικά έργα  που ολοκληρώθηκαν ειδικά για την έκθεση και συγκεντρώνουν τους κύριους εννοιολογικούς και αισθητικούς άξονες που διατρέχουν τη ζωγραφική του.    

Ο τίτλος της ενότητας «The Other Side of the Night» (Η άλλη όψη της νύχτας) αναφέρεται στο ίδιο το διεισδυτικό βλέμμα του Paksoy που αποτελώντας και ο ίδιος μέλος ενός τουρκικού αστικού κύκλου με συγκεκριμένες συνήθειες και χαρακτηριστικά, δεν παύει να τον παρατηρεί και να τον σχολιάζει, διατηρώντας αρκετά από τα βασικά πραγματολογικά στοιχεία του αλλά οδηγώντας τον συχνά σε μια σύνθετη, αυτοσχέδια εξπρεσσιονιστική μυθοπλασία με διπλό αφηγηματικό χρόνο: βραδυνές συναντήσεις ντυμένων ανδρών και γυμνών γυναικών σε σπίτια  με κήπους, νυχτερινά κέντρα, εστιατόρια και μπαρ, υπαίθριους κινηματογράφους, θερινά θέρετρα και ρομαντικά αλληγορικά τοπία πυκνοκατοικημένα από άγνωστους ανθρώπους, γνωστές διασημότητες και εφήμερα γιορτινά σύμβολα (μπαλόνια, λάμπες, φεγγάρια, πυροτεχνήματα), τοποθετούνται άλλοτε στην Κωνσταντινούπολη και το Bodrum και άλλοτε στην Αθήνα των πρόσφατων περιπάτων του καλλιτέχνη και  εισχωρούν στο σκοτεινό βάθος της νύχτας που πλάθεται με μπαρόκ και θεατρικά εμφατική χρήση του μαύρου από όπου εξέρχονται άλλοτε οι ακτές του Βόσπορου και άλλοτε η Ακρόπολη υπενθυμίζοντας ότι το χυδαίο συνυπάρχει με την απόλυτη ομορφιά.

Σύμφωνα με τον ίδιο τον καλλιτέχνη, στα έργα αυτά όπου τα κοινωνικά και τα πολιτικά σχόλια συνυπάρχουν με τις λογοτεχνικές παραπομπές και την ουτοπική σχεδόν ποιητική της εικόνας αφηγούμενα τις γεωγραφικές συντεταγμένες ενός «Χαμένου Παράδεισου», «η αλήθεια του συμβάντος τελειώνει κάθε φορά όταν ο ίδιος αποφασίσει ποια είναι η αλήθεια του έργου: εκεί ξεκινά η αφήγηση μιας νέας ιστορίας που συνενώνει τη φαντασία με την ειρωνεία, την ποιητική της εικόνας με τη σάτυρα και τα πολλαπλά μηνύματα. 

Ο Doğan Paksoy γεννήθηκε το 1955 στα Άδανα και  προέρχεται από μια 8μελή οικογένεια στενά συνδεδεμένη με την τέχνη και τον πολιτισμό. Τα πεδία ενδιαφέροντος του παππού, του πατέρα του και των θείων του καθώς και το ενδιαφέρον της μεγαλύτερης αδελφής του Gönül Paksoy (που αποτελεί ως σήμερα στην Τουρκία εμβληματική φιγούρα στον χώρο του design) και του επίσης μεγαλύτερου του αδελφού και ήδη καθιερωμένου ζωγράφου Şahin για την τέχνη, καθόρισε από νωρίς και τη δική του πορεία. Σπούδασε στην Ακαδημία των Καλών Τεχνών της Κωνσταντινούπολης από όπου αποφοίτησε το 1981 από το εργαστήριο του Dinçer Erimez. Η έκθεση «The Other Side of the Night» στη Gallery Genesis στην Αθήνα είναι η 18η ατομική έκθεση του καλλιτέχνη, ο οποίος έχει εκθέσει πολλές φορές στο εξωτερικό στη Γερμανία, τη Σουηδία, την Ισπανία, τη Γαλλία, το Βέλγιο και τον Καναδά. Το 1985 ίδρυσε με τον αδελφό του Şahin την Teşvikiye Art Gallery, επιθυμώντας τη δημιουργία ενός ανοιχτού χώρου τέχνης και διαλόγου ικανού να ανανεώσει τα όρια του τουρκικού εικαστικού κόσμου της εποχής.  Έως σήμερα, η Teşvikiye Art Gallery αποτελεί σημαντικό καλλιτεχνικό επίκεντρο, ενώ ο ίδιος ο Doğan Paksoy είναι επίσης εκδότης του περιοδικού τέχνης “Genç Sanat / Young Art”.


Exhibition of Doğan Paksoy

The Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens welcomes the organization of the first solo exhibition of the work of Doğan Paksoy in Athens, enititled ‘The Other Side of the Night’. The exhibition of the acclaimed Turksh artist, publisher and owner of one of the most important art galleries in Istanbul, will be presented at Gallery Genesis (Charitos 35, Kolonaki) from 29 April  until 17 May, 2014.

“In the first solo exhibition of his work in Athens, the significant Turkish artist Doğan Paksoy presents a series of iconic works that have been specially created for this exhibition, encompassing the main conceptual and aesthetic poles that support his painting.    

The title of ‘The Other Side of the Night’ section refers to the penetrating gaze of Paksoy, who being himself a member of a Turkish bourgeois circle with particular habits and features, never seizes to observe and comment upon them, preserving some of its basic factual elements but also leading to a composite, impromptu exressionistic fiction at double narrative time: evening meetings of dressed men and naked women in houses with gardens, nightclubs, restaurants and bars, open-air cinemas, summer resorts and romantic allegoric landscapes densely occupied by strangers, well-known famous personalities and ephemeral festive symbols (ballons, lamps, fireworks), are placed sometimes in Istanbul or Bodrum and other times in Athens of the artist’s recent walks and penetrate the dark depth of the night, which is created with the baroque and theatrically emphatic use of black, from where they emerge either to the coast of Bosporus or the Acropolis – reminding that vulgarity can coexist with absolute beauty.

According to the artist himself, in these works where social and political comments coexist with literary references and the almost utopian poetics of image, thus narrating the geographical  coordinates of a “Paradise Lost”, “the truth of an event ends each time when he decides what is the truth of the work: it is there that the account of a new story begins, which combines fantasy with irony, the poetics of image with satire and multiple messages”. 

                                                                                        Iris Kritikou  / April 2014

Doğan Paksoy was born in 1955 in Adana and comes from a large family closely connected with art and culture. The fields of interest of his grandfather, his father and uncles, as well as the vivid interest in art of his older sister Gönül Paksoy (who is considered an iconic figure in the field of design in Turkey up to present) and his older brother and acclaimed painter Şahin, determined his own path from very early on. He studied at the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1981 from the laboratory of Dinçer Erimez. ‘The Other Side of the Night’ exhibition at Gallery Genesis in Athens constitutes the 18th solo exhibition for the artist who has exhibited his work many times abroad, e.g. in Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Belgium and Canada. In 1985, he founded Teşvikiye Art Gallery with his brother Şahin, aspiring to create an open space of art and dialogue, capable of expanding the limits of the Turkish art world of the time.  Up to present, Teşvikiye Art Gallery has been an influential arts centre, while Doğan Paksoy is also the editor of the “Genç Sanat / Young Art”.

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