18th September - 18th December, Thessaloniki
Tayfun Serttaş, artist, writer and researcher, was born (1982) in Turkey. He lives in Istanbul and Bodrum. He graduated from the Istanbul University Social Anthropology Department in 2004 with a thesis on “urban anthropology”. He completed his master at the Yıldız Technical University in 2007 with a thesis entitled Photography and Minorities in Istanbul in the Context of Modernism and Cultural Representation. During his studies he wrote a series of articles on the general topic of “minorities and the city” for various periodicals. Since 2000 he has taken part in numerous domestic and international academic projects. His work focuses on themes such as urban anthropology, social gender, the cultural heritage of the other, the critique of civil society, the sociology of everyday life, minorities, urban transformation, immigration and change, socio-political strategies and minor politics. The artist continues his studio work within the scope of SALT Research Center’s Istanbul and continues to write for the Agos newspaper. Recent solo exhibitions: Artist Book International, Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2009); Studio Osep, Galeri Non (İstanbul, 2009); Territory Dispute, Noa (İstanbul, 2010); Studio Osep, Delfina Foundation (London, 2010); Tailor’s Dream M&M, Apartment Project (İstanbul, 2011); Souvenir Trauma, Zico House (Beirut, Lebanon, 2011). Recent group exhibitions: Becoming Istanbul, DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum (Frankfurt, Deutschland, 2008); The Bitch Is Sleeping, Karşı Sanat (İstanbul, 2008); État d'âmes, une génération hors d'elle, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris, France, 2010); DIVERÇITY / Learning from Istanbul, Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski (Warsaw, Poland, 2010).
Tayfun Serttas’s installation-focused work is often formed from the multilayered engagement of various media including ready-mades, found objects, sculptures, videos, photographs, artists’ books and drawings around a documentary theme. From various viewpoints, he interrogates normative memory based on the model of “modern society”, assuming a psycho-strategic position encountering dominant streams of consciousness in his work. The artist conducts interdisciplinary research into the social interruptions of recent history, in the context of the intervention of the assumed past to the present and their complex impact within the equation of the individual, identity and culture, constructing a visual language that draws strength from experimental narratives between social sciences and contemporary art disciplines.