Miniature in Contemporary Art

Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation's Pera Museum is bringing a new exhibition to art lovers. Curated by Azra Tüzünoğlu and Gülce Özkara, "Miniature 2.0: Miniature in Contemporary Art" exhibition brings together more than 40 works of 14 artists from different countries such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. The exhibition features work by Hamra Abbas, Rashad Alakbarov, Halil Altındere, Dana Awartani, Fereydoun Ave, CANAN, Noor Ali Chagani, Cansu Çakar, Hayv Kahraman, Imran Qureshi, Nilima Sheikh, Shahpour Pouyan, Shahzia Sikander and Saira Wasim.

Noting that miniature gains theoretical potential again today, Tüzünoğlu and Özkara summarize the aim of the exhibition as "not treating miniature solely as a historical object but regarding it as a unique art form and emphasizing its theoretical potential. The works in the exhibition argue for action against the nostalgia that freezes miniatures in time and detaches them from their cultural context."

The exhibition takes contemporary miniature as a means of resistance. Going beyond the familiar East-West comparisons, the works that answer questions about art and society show the audience that other forms of living and thinking are possible.

Problematizing issues such as colonialism, orientalism, economic inequality, gender, identity politics, the struggle against traditional prototypes, social violence, compulsory migration and representation, the exhibition "Miniature 2.0" creates fertile ground that helps us understand the changing structure of society, its repeating patterns and to observe cultural meanings.

Artists and their works

Interested in creating works that look into Turkey's recent past, carrying a visual critique of the modernization...

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