AMMONNEWS - Exhibition Opening: Linear Transendency
Based on a workshop by Cansu Çakar
Saturday 23 April 2016 at the Lab 6:30 pm
The Darat Al-Funun presents the Linear Transcendency, a collaborative exhibition by İzmir-based artist Cansu Çakar, initiated and developed by Bige Örer. Çakar who redefines the traditional format of miniature in her artistic practice organized a series of workshops where she collaborated with participants from different backgrounds including women, refugees, students as well as architects, artists and activists. The process highlighted the act of working together and mapping different stories and destinations using miniature technique, which is traditionally commonly used in mapping. Workshop participants were invited to create maps for different purposes – maps drawing every day in the city, maps drawn to find the city they want to live in, local and international maps, or maps in which we can disregard any political, social, religious or economic constraints — using, but not limited to traditional mapping and ornamental techniques.
Running over the span of three weeks, the workshop titled ‘Mapping Stories and Destinations’ invited women from Zarqa, in cooperation with Khawla Bint Al Azwar Society and Family Guidance and Awareness Center in Zarqa and in cooperation with UN Women Project “Support Gender Equality and Social Cohesion Efforts through Service Delivery in Jordan’s Hosting Communities” funded by the Government of Japan. Çakar also worked with visual arts students from the University of Jordan under the direction of the Head of the Fine Arts department, Jehad Al Ameri, as well as several visiting schools and participating artists from various backgrounds. Artist participants included:Jane Mufti, Haifa Kader, Ruba Abushousheh, Brittany Barrineau, Majed Neaimi, Lugine Emad Hiary, Trisha Terwilliger, Areej Melhem, Suzanne Saoub, Yasmine Alkurdi, Bayan Mazen Homsi, Laith Demashqieh, and Hanin Dabbagh. This exhibition is a compilation of their collective stories