Nevin Aladağ

Nevin Aladağ works with a wide variety of media. Whether video, performance, photos or sculptural elements, she often overrules conventions of the genre and unites opposites in the material that can be understood as critical questioning of gender roles and identities.

For Rohkunstbau Nevin Aladağ shows several works. The “Stiletto-Hammer” (stiletto hammers) exemplify a union of initially unrelated objects: a tool hammer and a high heel. Here Aladağs work not only combines the shaft of the hammer with a stiletto into an oddly fetishized object, it also implies a very specific, potential use. Dents can be seen on metal frames on the wall; do they derive from precisely those stiletto hammers? Aladağ bestows the female connotation of the shoe with a potentiality of power and even threat.

In addition, there is a folding screen in the middle of the room, which consists of carpets of different countries that were assembled into a new geometric pattern. Here Nevin Aladağ not only unties boundaries by connecting hand-knotted Persian rugs and industrially woven, European and Asian textils, but also defies them. Aladağs folding screen is therefore a post-national, supra-cultural object that sets a singular cultural understanding against a post-national, perhaps revolutionary cultural understanding without taking itself too seriously.


2014        Marsch, Rückwand of Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Zugabe, Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
2013         12×12, IBB-Videolounge in the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2012         Nevin Aladağ, ARTER Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
2011         Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Arthur Boskamp Stiftung, Hohenlockenstedt, Germany

2014        Plurivocality – Visual Arts and Music in Turkey, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
2013        Kunst&Textil – Stoff als Material und Idee in der Moderne von Klimt bis heute, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2012        A House Full Of Music, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
2011        Move. Kunst und Tanz seit den 60ern, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2009    What keeps Mankind alive?, The 11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

Sammlung für zeitgenössische Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Germany
DEKA Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Collection Sheikha Hoor al-Qasimi, Sharjah, UAE
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Sammlung der Neuen Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Collection Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany