In the autumn edition of Open Studios Night, you will be introduced to our two current residency artists – Marc Vilanova from Spain and Ezgi Yakın from Turkey. From Izmir, Turkey is also Saliha Yavuz representing our partner organization Hayy Open Space, who is traveling to Košice to talk about their local art scene. During the evening you will have a chance to take a look at the studios, get to know the artists and their current work, enjoy a glass of wine and try the traditional dishes prepared by our residents!
Marc Vilanova works with sound and light in a way that combines art, science, and technology. Currently, he creates audiovisual performances/installations while working with electroacoustic composition and improvisation and collaborates interdisciplinarily with theater, dance and moving images. His works have been presented at festivals around the world (Japan, USA, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Iran, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia, and many European countries). He lives and works in Barcelona.
Ezgi Yakın is an artist, writer and academic. The world of images that Yakın creates draws from the process itself, interacts with the collective subconscious, and explores the elements of the self. The fluidity and subtlety of her images go through metamorphosis, leaving reality and regrouping. One can look at them as something that arises from a given moment to nothing, thus acquiring a utopian shape as ambivalent imaginary fractions.
Yakın completed her studies at the Department of Painting at the Dokuz Eylül University in 2015, where she then started her postgraduate studies and works as a research assistant.
The co-founder of Hayy Open Space and cultural manager Saliha Yavuz together with artist and academic Ezgi Yakın will talk about the current art scene in Turkey under the political and economic circumstances, moreover the recent powerful movement of art initiatives and collectives not only in Istanbul the center of the art scene but also in the peripheries like Izmir that Ezgi Yakın and Hayy Open Space based in.
The residencies are supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council. The residencies are also supported by City Košice. The residency of Marc Vilanova within the project K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residence is supported by Creative Industry Košice within Košice’s designation as UNESCO Creative City of media arts. The residency of Ezgi Yakın is organized in cooperation with Creative Industry Košice and Hayy Open Space.