MAJAZ – BLOK art space Büyük Valide Han
Sahand Hesamiyan & Buşra Tunç
Site Specific Installation
MAJAZ – BLOK art space Çukurcuma
Exhibition: 13.09 – 15.12.2017
BLOK art space is proud to host Iranian artist Sahand Hesamiyan’s first project exhibition in Istanbul. In his newest exhibition, MAJAZ, Hesamiyan collaborates with Buşra Tunç in an installation designed for BLOK art space’s project venue at Büyük Valide Han no. 53. Under the exhibition, Hesamiyan will simultaneously exhibit works inspired by the installation’s creation process, details, and plans, in BLOK art space’s Çukurcuma venue. Meaning ‘unreal’ in Farsi, Majaz allows the artist to connect these two venues together, while aiming at striking a balance between the unknown and metaphorical, and the visible and experienceable. Emphasizing the geometric nature of Islamic architecture, Hesamiyan will interpret the architectural transformation of Büyük Valide Han through light, and create a space of experience for the visitors. Concurrently pointing to the way in which light has been used as an element of ornament in Islamic architecture, the artist will create an installation that represents muqarnas, the traditional geometrical architectural ornament, while allowing for a research and creative collaboration with Buşra Tunç through the installation’s details on shade, light and form. Majaz project exhibition will be open to visitors from September 13 to December 15, at BLOK art space’s Çukurcuma and Büyük Valide Han venues.
“In Farsi, Majaz translates into both unreal and metaphorical; it refers to an unexplainable sensation—one that can be felt while entering the Buyuk Valide Han space. A real experience of an invisible element. As I stepped into this space, I was immediately captivated by the light filtering through the windows. It created a fascinating dynamic effect inside. Masterful application of light apart from illuminating interior augments spatial quality—a duality that has always been present in Islamic architecture. Nour (light) in Islamic architecture is an ornament itself. With the use of architectural elements, the invisible light from outside metamorphoses into a magical and vivid tangible experience indoors. I have tried to utilize light as architecture and enhance the characteristics of the room. Eponymous of the exhibition, the sculpture on display employs traditional forms of muqarnas (honeycombed architectural ornaments) that toy with luminescence. Exempting from large-scale structural attempts to involve the entire space, Majaz creates a novo culminating space. It refers to a superior and complete world, a utopia.”
* Sahand Hesamiyan, born in 1977 in Tehran, holds a Bachelor of Sculpture from the Tehran University and currently lives and works in Tehran. The works of Sahand Hesamiyan are primarily interactive. They are clearly derived from Islamic architecture, and in many occasions this intense relationship goes beyond the mere reflection and repetition of the forms and influences the titles of the pieces and the brief descriptions often accompanying them. Sahand’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions including Frame Reference, Sam Art, Tehran, Iran (2015); Tavizeh, Dastan’s Basement, Tehran, Iran (2015); Khalvat, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2014); Sulook, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2013); Memory Lives On, Aun Gallery, Tehran, Iran (2011); Do You See Me!, Ave Gallery, Tehran, Iran (2008). He has taken part in numerous international group shows including Jameel Prize 4, Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, Korea (2017); LTR:RTL, Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran (2017); Persian Garden Party, Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, France (2015); Centerfold: Spring of Recession, Sazmanab Center, Tehran, Iran (2015); Iran Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015) and The Blue Route, Musée National Adrien Dubouché, Limoges, France (2014); Art for Peace, Moshen Gallery, Tehran, Iran (2014); The Blue Route, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium (2013); Summer Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, UK (2012); My Super Hero, Morono Kian Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2011); Selfdom, Haftsamer Gallery, Tehran (2011). Sahand’s work is included in important private and public collections, including: the Delfina Entrecanales Collection, The Samawi Collection and MAC. Sahand currently lives and works in Tehran.
2015 4th Sculptural Biennial for Urban Space, Tehran (Ghasr Museum)
2008 1st Sculpture Biennial for Urban Space, Tehran (Barg Gallery)
2007 3rd Art, Sport, Olympic Biennial, Tehran (Olympic Academy)
2007 5th Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial, Tehran (Tehran Contemporary Arts Museum)
2007 8th Contemporary Iranian Ceramic and Glass Biennial, Tehran, (Saba Cultural Center)
2007 2nd Art, Sport, Olympic Biennial, Tehran (Olympic Academy)
2005 4th Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial, Tehran (Saba Cultural Center)
Nominee for the 4th Jameel Prize Nominee for the Sovereign Art Foundation MENA Art Prize
The 1st winner of the Padideh Contemporary Sculpture Symposium
Finalist for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize
1st prize of the 1st Tehran Steel Sculpture Symposium
3rd prize of the 1st Tehran International Sculpture Symposium
1st prize of the Fajre Noor Exhibition
Nominee for the Biennial Tem Prize of the 4th Contemporary Iranian Sculpture Biennial
Winner of the Municipality Prize of the 4th Contemporary Iranian Sculpture Biennial
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXHIBITION, OPENING AND THE TOURS
MAJAZ exhibition will be open to its visitors from 13th of September at 11.00 am in BLOK art space Çukurcuma and BLOK art space’s project venue at Büyük Valide Han no. 53 simultaneously!
The exhibition spaces will be open between the dates of 13th of September and 15th of December; BLOK art space Çukurcuma will be open to visit from Tuesday to Saturday between 11.00 am to 6.00 pm and BLOK art space Büyük Valide Han will be open to visit on each Saturday between 12.00 am to 5.00 pm, and other days only by appointment.
Besides, from 13th of September every Saturday by meeting at 12.30 pm in BLOK art space Çukurcuma venue, you can participate in guided tours held by BLOK art space team to first visit the archival part of the project in Çukurcuma then to visit the site specific installation in the second venue of the show in Büyük Valide Han, you can select the day written below for participation in the tours and send us a confirmation email.
16 September Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
23 September Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
30 September Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
7 October Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
14 October Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
21 October Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
28 October Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
4 November Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
11 November Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
18 November Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
25 November Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
2 December Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
9 December Saturday at 12.30 pm Meeting point: BLOK art space Çukurcuma
**The opening reception of the exhibition MAJAZ will be held in October in both of spaces with participation of the artists. You can reach us from firstname.lastname@example.org and 0212 292 83 82 to request more information about the tours.