The panel departs from Orit Ishay’s exhibition “Someone Has Been Sleeping In My Bed”, curated by Basak Senova that opens in Vienna on the 21.03.2019 at philomena+ (Heinestraße 40/7, 1020 Vienna). The exhibition is part of Foto Wien. Basak Senova will introduce the photographs by Orit Ishay. For Senova the photographs question our perception of reality and the medium of photography itself by creating layers of complexity of vision and gaze on space, time and perspective.
Taking part in the discussion:
Orit Ishay (Israel) is a prominent photographer and visual artist working with video and installation. She is a lecturer in photography. Ishay deals with interactions of people and places, and the way they influence the formation of identity and nationalism. The social, political and security-related changes of the contemporary world are linked to her works, making them both local and globally relevant. Her works were shown widely and they are included in the collections of MOCAK Krakow, MUMOK Wien, The Israel Museum Jerusalem and etc.
Basak Senova (Turkey) is a curator and designer. She curated the pavilions of Turkey and Republic of Macedonia at the Venice Biennale (2009 and 2015). She co-curated the 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground (Bosnia and Herzegovina); curated the Helsinki Photography Biennial in 2014; and acted as the Art Gallery Chair of (ACM) SIGGRAPH 2014 (Vancouver). She is working on the CrossSections project in Vienna, Helsinki, and Stockholm (2017–2019).
Christine Bruckbauer (Austria) is with Negar Hakim founder of philomena+, Vienna. Bruckbauer is an independent art writer, curator and lecturer, focusing on contemporary art practices in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa. She holds a PhD in Art History from University Vienna in Austria and worked as an organizer of contemporary art exhibitions at the Secession Vienna, Austria. In the period 2001–2014 she has lived and worked in Islamabad (Pakistan), London (UK) and Tunis (Tunisia).