• Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" - Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo
  • Lucia Koch, installation, old Hammam, Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" - Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo
  • Lucia Koch, installation, old Hammam, Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" - Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo
  • Lucia Koch, installation, old Hammam, Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" - Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo
  • Lubaina Himid, parade in the streets of Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" - Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo
  • Gabriel Lester, Seeker, walk through the streets of Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" - Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo
  • Gabriel Lester, Seeker, walk through the streets of Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" - Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo
  • Asli Çavuşoğlu, rehearsal for an island, Saint George Church, Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" - Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo

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Dear 

Anna Boghiguian, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Dora Economou, Gabriel Lester, Irena Haiduk, Leonas Seliukas, Lubaina Himid, Lucia Koch and Mario Garcia Torres. 

When standing in the right spot at the right time, one may see the moon rising on one side of the hill and the sun setting on the opposite horizon line.

Several new beginnings and new ends have alternated in Kastellorizo over the course of time. This tiny Greek island, which lies less than two miles away from the Turkish coast, was dominated and contested by different cultures, powers and religions through centuries of Ottoman, Italian, English and Greek domination. […] — was invited by SALTWATER. A Theory of Thought Forms. The 14th Istanbul Biennial to present a week-long course of action as part of the Biennal Public Programme […] and bring ten international artists to Kastellorizo*. We would be delighted if you could join us and take part in this collective experience. […] The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close takes some of the natural, historical and political features of Kastellorizo and nearby locations as an inspiration for a week of shared activities. […] The overall programme gives emphasis to moments of collective sharing, improvisation and reflection. […] We would be thrilled if you were able to take part in The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close. […]

Warm wishes,

Milovan Farronato                                                                                                     Bige Örer

Director Fiorucci Art Trust                                                                         Director Istanbul Biennial

The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close is a verse from Frank O’Hara’s poem Ann Arbor Variations. O’hara (1926 – 1966) was an American writer and art critic, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, and a poet.

Thus naming the Kastellorizo programme, Fiorucci Art Trust began it with a rite: the harvest of salt in the nearby island of Rho, and continued it from the 7th to the 13th of September 2015.

Enacting a travelogue of wanders through Greece, Turkey and the Vesuvius, Dora Economou embodied the Mediterranean’s piths at a dinner in the open, with grapes, fishes and wines. Irena Haiduk, instead of teaching how to fled the sirens, a lesson fostered by ancient Greek Gymnasiums, enthralled sirens to reach us. Likewise, Aslı Çavuşoğlu staged not puppets but their master, building upon a character of both the Greek and Turkish folklore. Embodying the most famous film-industry pseudonym, Allen Smithee, Mario Garcia Torres explored authorship, failure and time. Gabriel Lester led the public in a performative treasure-seek. Lucia Koch revitalized the abandoned Hammam, continuing a project she had conceived for the 2003 Istanbul Biennial. Leonas Seliukas tuned a soundtrack for Kastellorizo. On the last day of the week, performers, wearing the props created by Lubaina Himid, joined the celebration for the island’s independence from Italy. They mingled with locals and those returning every year to Kastellorizo for the occasion. The charade headed to the ancient monastery that, over time, offered shelter from bombings. Upon arriving to the monastery, the procession was welcomed by Anna Boghiguian at her temporary studio. The exceptional location of the island melts into a whole with squares and streets, landscapes scattered in rolling bushes, the historical Italian fish market, the monastery and Paleokastro, the island’s ancient acropolis.

Conceived by Milovan Farronato
with Stella Bottai and Chiara Vecchiarelli, the week proceeded “as if Poseidon left off counting his waters for a moment”.

Text by Luisa Ausenda

Lucia Koch, installation, old Hammam, Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" -  Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo

Lucia Koch, installation, old Hammam, Kastellorizo – Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection – The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close – 14th Istanbul Biennial “SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms” – Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust – Photography by Andu Masebo

Caro / Cara

Anna Boghiguian, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Dora Economou, Gabriel Lester, Irena Haiduk, Leonas Seliukas, Lubaina Himid, Lucia Koch e Mario Garcia Torres.

In piedi nel posto giusto al momento giusto, si vede la luna sorgere su un lato della collina e il sole calare dalla parte opposta dell’orizzonte.

Diversi nuovi inizi e nuove fini si sono alternati a Kastellorizo ​​nel corso del tempo. Questa piccola isola greca, a meno di due miglia di distanza dalla costa turca, è stata dominata e contestata da diverse culture, poteri e religioni attraverso i secoli: Ottomani, Italiani, Inglesi e Greci. […] Fiorucci Art Trust è stato invitato da SALTWATER. A Theory of Thought Forms. La XIV Biennale di Istanbul a presentare una settimana di azioni nell’ambito del Public Program della Biennale […] e a portare dieci artisti internazionali a Kastellorizo*. Saremmo lieti se Lei si unisse a noi per prendere parte a questa esperienza collettiva. […] The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close si ispira alle caratteristiche naturali, storiche e politiche di Kastellorizo ​​e altre località vicine all’isola. […] Il programma offre momenti di condivisione collettiva, improvvisazione e riflessione. […] Saremmo oltremodo lieti di accoglierLa a The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close. […]

Un caloroso saluto,

Milovan Farronato                                                                                                     Bige Örer

Direttore Fiorucci Art Trust                                             Direttrice Biennale di Istanbul

 

The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close è un verso del poema Ann Arbor Variations di Frank O’Hara. O’hara (1926 – 1966) fu uno scrittore e critico d’arte americano, un curatore del MoMA e un poeta. Intitolando cosí il programma per Kastellorizo, Fiorucci Art Trust inaugura la settimana post Biennale di Istanbul (dal 7 al 13 settembre 2015) con un rito: la raccolta del sale nella vicina isola di Rho.

Recitando un diario di viaggi ed esplorazioni attraverso la Grecia, la Turchia e il Vesuvio, Dora Economou invita il Mediterraneo ad una cena all’aperto, con uva, pesce e vini. Irena Haiduk, invece di insegnare a seminare le sirene, una lezione impartita dai Ginnasi dell’antica Grecia, persuade le sirene a raggiungere noi. Sulla medesima falsariga Aslı Çavuşoğlu mette in scena non burattini ma burattinai servendosi di un personaggio sia del folklore greco sia turco. Mario Garcia Torres invece si appropria del piu’ famoso pseudonimo dell’industria cinematografica, Allen Smithee, per indagare diritto di autore, fallimento e tempo. Gabriel Lester conduce il pubblico alla ricerca del tesoro. Proseguendo un progetto concepito per la Biennale di Istanbul del 2003, Lucia Koch rivitalizza un Hammam abbandonato. Leonas Seliukas mette a punto una colonna sonora per Kastellorizo. L’ultimo giorno della settimana diversi performers, indossando oggetti di scena a opera di Lubaina Himid, si uniscono alla festa per l’indipendenza dall’Italia, mescolandosi alla gente del posto e a coloro che ogni anno tornano ​​per l’occasione. La sciarada risale la collina fino all’antico monastero che offriva riparo dai bombardamenti. All’arrivo il corteo viene accolto da Anna Boghiguian nel suo studio provvisorio.

La posizione eccezionale dell’isola si fa tutt’uno con piazze e strade, paesaggi cosparsi di cespugli tondeggianti, lo storico mercato italiano del pesce, il monastero e Paleokastro, l’antica acropoli dell’isola.

Concepita da Milovan Farronato con Stella Bottai e Chiara Vecchiarelli, la settimana ha proceduto “come se Poseidone si fosse assentato un momento per contare le sue acque”.

*  The island of Kastellorizo, in Greek, Καστελλόριζο, almost a swim away from the Turkish coast, has mutated flag more than once. Over the centuries, the Ottoman, Italian, English, French and, finally, Greek domination turned Kastellorizo in an eclectic mosaic of cultures and histories. Several hypotheses mystify the origin of its name. “Kastello”, derives from the Italian word “castello”, castle. “Rizo” may originate from the Italian “rosso”, red, the color of both the rocks of the island, and the castle at sunset. Otherwise, rizo may mean root, as it does in Greek. Rhizomatic enough is the nature of The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close, a week of shared activities, improvisation and reflections.

 Testo di Luisa Ausenda

*  L’isola di Kastellorizo, in greco, Καστελλόριζο, quasi una nuotata dalla costa turca, ha mutato bandiera più volte. Nel corso dei secoli, ottomani, italiani, inglesi, francesi e, infine, greci hanno fatto di Kastellorizo un eclettico mosaico di storie e culture. Diverse ipotesi mistificano l’origine del suo nome. “Kastello”, deriva dalla parola italiana “castello”. “Rizo” può ricalcare il rosso delle rocce dell’isola o del castello al tramonto. Altrimenti, “rizo” significa semplicemente radice in Greco. Rizomatica è senz’altro la natura di The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close, una settimana di attività, l’improvvisazione e riflessioni.

Asli Çavuşoğlu, rehearsal for an island, Saint George Church, Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" -  Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo

Asli Çavuşoğlu, rehearsal for an island, Saint George Church, Kastellorizo – Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection – The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close – 14th Istanbul Biennial “SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms” – Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust – Photography by Andu Masebo

Lubaina Himid, parade in the streets of Kastellorizo - Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" -  Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo

Lubaina Himid, parade in the streets of Kastellorizo – Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection – The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close – 14th Istanbul Biennial “SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms” – Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust – Photography by Andu Masebo

Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection - The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close - 14th Istanbul Biennial "SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms" -  Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust - Photography by Andu Masebo

Mario Garcia Torres, I Am Not a Flopper, Auditorium, Kastellorizo. Bilge and Haro Cumbusyan Collection – The violent No! of the sun burns the forehead of hills. Sand fleas arrive from salt lake and most of the theatres close – 14th Istanbul Biennial “SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms” – Courtesy of the artist and Fiorucci Art Trust – Photography by Andu Masebo