House of Wisdom I Nottingham

Artists: Mohamed Abdelkarim, Burak Arıkan, Mahmoud Bakhshi, Yael Bartana, Mehtap Baydu, Kürşat Bayhan, Ruth Beale, Ekin Bernay, Burçak Bingöl, Nicky Broekhuysen, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Cansu Çakar, Ramesch Daha, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Didem Erk, Foundland Collective, Deniz Gül, Beril Gür, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, İstanbul Queer Art Collective (Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergül), Ali Kazma, Yazan Khalili, Göksu Kunak, Mona Kriegler, Fehras Publishing Practices, Elham Rokni, Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand, Sümer Sayın, Erinç Seymen, Bahia Shehab, Walid Siti, Ali Taptık, Erdem Taşdelen, Özge Topçu, Viron Erol Vert, Ali Yass, Eşref Yıldırım, Ala Younis

Curators: Collective Çukurcuma (Naz Cuguoğlu and Mine Kaplangı)

Exhibition Dates: 28.09 – 27.10.2018
Venues: Bonington Gallery Vitrines and Atrium of Nottingham Trent University’s Art and Design Faculty, Bromley House Library, Five Leaves Bookshop and Primary.
Opening: 27 September, Thursday 5-8 pm at Bonington Vitrines and Atrium

Throughout history, libraries have been perceived as places where information on life and space are organised, read, and interpreted. Their political significance, however, has at times been underestimated. As in the example of the original House of Wisdom*, libraries are also known as centers of research, learning, and sharing. This concentration and exchange of knowledge makes them important symbols of political power and the formation of cultural identity. Based on the power of libraries, and Foucault’s notion of the archive as ‘the general system of the formation and transformation of statements’, the curators followed their archival urge and decided to build their own archive-library. To shed light on the increasing levels of censorship on information and the current sociopolitical situation in and around Turkey, they invited artists and researchers to take part in the project. The House of Wisdom exhibition aims to rethink the political nature of books, whose mere existence is under threat, ultimately asking the question: ‘What could be the outcome of collectively rethinking the notion of the archive, particularly when issues such as censorship and suppression of information are involved?’

House of Wisdom is an open space, a gathering place. Visitors of House of Wisdom are invited to enter the library-exhibition to read, discuss, collaborate, scheme, and exchange knowledge and ideas. And with it’s fourth location, the library-exhibition is expanding throughout the city of Nottingham. Inviting visitors to walk and discover the city with an exhibition map, House of Wisdom will utilise the Vitrines of Bonington Gallery and the atrium of the Nottingham Trent University’s Art and Design Faculty. Artworks will also be placed in other venues like bookshops (The Five Leaves Bookshop) an old primary school that has been transformed into an art space (Primary) and a historical library (Bromley House Library). And this year the exhibition’s public program will be lead by Dr. Cüneyt Çakırlar from Nottingham Trent University and organised an extensive events including performances, reading groups, talks and screenings.

More details about the exhibition and it’s public program will be announced shortly.

*House of Wisdom (Bayt-al Hikma) was a library founded in the beginning of the 8th century in Baghdad, where thousands of books in various languages from different regions, on philosophy, art, science, and history were housed. Researchers from different regions came together to make research, and work on techniques of translation, writing, and discussion.

**House of Wisdom is a mobile and ever-evolving library/exhibition curated by Collective Çukurcuma. It was previously shown at Dzialdov (Berlin, 2017), IKSV Building (Public program of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2017) and Framer Framed (Amsterdam, 2017).

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House of Wisdom Nottingham is organised by Queer Art Projects and made possible with the support of Nottingham Trent University, Bromley House Library, Five Leaves Bookshop, Primary and Bonington Gallery.



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