2009, Fri, Jun 12 — 2009, Sun, Jun 21

Nevin Aladag, Turkey/Germany

Lowrider Bellydance (2004) + Voice over (2006)

Nevin Aladag | Credits: Nevin Aladag | Voice Over (2006) | Courtesy the artist

Nevin Aladag | Credits: Nevin Aladag | Voice Over (2006) | Courtesy the artist


Lowrider Bellydance (2004) Video (3.30 min, Loop)

In "Lowrider Bellydance" boys with toy cars perform one of the most feminine of all dance forms to oriental pop music. What they unleash with their remote controls is reminiscent less of classical belly dance than beetles mating, or the inadvertently comical displays of macho power poses.


Voice over (2006) Video (14 min, Loop)

"Voice over" creates an almost meditative space: a harmonica held from a moving car plays its own tones, rain produces rhythm on a drum - the instruments become autonomous objects. Turkish city kids sing in the dark green night the melancholic ballads of their forefathers: "I implore you, small gazelle, stay away from the cloudy Urfa mountains ..." they ardently sing songs about cultural codes they no longer share.


Artists’ Talk with Nevin Aladag and Maria Jose Arjona on Sat 13.6. 16.30 h