VOLKAN ASLAN IN ISTANBUL

...“Within the scope of a series of exhibitions curator Marcus Graf planned to orga- nize with the title “Under Construction” in various neighborhoods by taking the exhibition to different parts of the city, the artist realized the project titled “Volkan Aslan in Istanbul” in which Aslan, using an ironic strategy, paired his own name with artists like Rodin, Picasso, Dali and formed his own museum in a small exhibition space within a container. This work referenced blockbuster exhibitons organized in recent years by the Sabanc? Museum such as “Picasso in Istanbul”, “Salvador Dali: A Surrealist in Istanbul” and “Master Sculptor Rodin in Istanbul” that were promoted across the city with billboards and banners, and brought together Istan- bul with big names of Western Art as a branding strategy. This work also recalled “Promo”, the media performance dated 1976 by Chris Burden in which he placed an advertisement on American television channels where he announced his own name along with Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, the most recognized artist by the American public, according to a research. By placing at the other end of the container a painting so small that it could not be perceived from the entrance, which he had blocked off visitors entering with a stil lwire, Aslan tried to bolster the myth he had woven around his own name.”...

installation view from “VOLKAN ASLAN IN ISTANBUL”, curated by Marcus Graf - Istanbul, 2007