WHEN IT IS NOT SPONTANEOUS / Kolbrún Inga Söring & Mustafa Boğa
Exhibition : 15th - 20th JUNE 2018
Open: Daily 1-6PM or by appointment
Preview: 14th JUNE 6-10PM
’# 2953c1 When it is not Spontaneous’, hosted by @Sagacity Brussels, is the third collaborative installation by Turkish artist Mustafa Boğa and Icelandic artist Kolbrún Inga Söring. This time, digging further into their experience of mental and physical borders and questioning their existence within these concepts. They emphasise a disapproval of discriminatory attitudes, stating that their expression is a carefully constructed ideology that raises questions fuelled by disagreement with the current socio-political climate.
The installation exists within an ongoing project ‘The Fourth Culture - a Micro Nation’ which is a container for a critical view on society, where the duo practices intense critical self-reflection, using their opposite experiences, challenging viewers perceptions and asking them to perform a mental and physical reading of the information presented to them. This initiates a dialogue which plants a seed that then can continue growing further in the mind of another.
Both Boğa and Söring present themselves in the space, but their roles are paradoxical. While Boğa is hidden, Söring is exposed. Deconstructing their own learnt behaviour, they express borderless attitudes through a special experience which becomes both intrusive to and influenced by the public’s presence. Their combined cultural experiences give them the possibility of examining cultural identities from a broad understanding of different perceptions.
Together the duo has had two solo exhibitions; “50.065.07 Red Never Apologizes for Being Red” (March 2017) at SiOUSiOU Studio in Berlin, and “#276331054 - Story Provided If Wanted” (July 2017) at Listastofan in Reykjavik. In May 2018 they were artists in residence at High House Working Residency sponsored by Anthony Gormley.
Mustafa Boğa is an artist based in the UK and Turkey. He completed his Master’s Degree in 2016 from Central Saint Martin, University of the Arts London after studying for an MA in Fine Art. He also obtained another master’s degree from Greenwich University in London after studying for an MA in Cinematography and Post Production. Before that, he achieved a bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University after studying at the Faculty of Communication and Journalism. Mustafa was awarded The Red Mansion Art Prize, which took him to China, where he created a piece of work titled ‘There He is Without a Proper Diagnosis’ relating to his different cultural experiences. He has had solo exhibitions in London, Iceland and Berlin, and group shows in Beijing, Athens, London, Oxford, Ruse and Poznan. He has recently worked with international artists such as Otobong Nkanga and Irena Haiduk, and has performed in Documenta14 in Kassel, Germany. He was also recently awarded ‘Highly Commended Artist’ after being shortlisted for The Ashurt Emerging Artist Prize in London.
Kolbrún Inga Söring obtained her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 2016 from The HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, in The Netherlands, and she finished a degree in photography from the School of Photography of Reykjavik in 2012. Söring has participated in group exhibitions in Pontevedra, Sardegna, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Haarlem and Reykjavik. She has been nominated for various grants, receiving the Stichting Stokroos, and the HKU Excellency Grant with her collective, ‘The Passing Through’. Söring had her first solo exhibition in Berlin in March 2017 titled ‘Blur of Memories’. She was an artist in residence at PAS, Progetto Atelier Sardegna, the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM and at the Swatch Art Piece Hotel in Shanghai.