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                                     © Ardan Özmenoglu

You Name It

A solo exhibition by Ardan Özmenoğlu

Curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch

The year has started with some good news related to women’s rights. Iceland has become the first country in the world that legally regulates equal payment for the same work for men and women. A reason to celebrate? Not really. As the one and only country with this policy, it means that there is still a lot to do in terms of gender equality worldwide.

As we know, 2017 was a year marked by a global uprising of women that is still ongoing. For instance, a number of women from the entertainment industries in the U.S. had the courage to break years of silence and talked about sexual misconduct and rape in the workspace. In Latin America, women organised massive demonstrations against gender violence and feminicides. The marches Ni una menos (Not One Less), that started in Argentina in 2015, were followed by demonstrations in Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Mexico in the last two years. Furthermore, the viralisation of the #MeToo online campaign showed that violence against women affects many of us. Yet, some demands go beyond female concerns. For instance, in Istanbul during the International Women’s Day on March 8th, women marched with the slogan “Don’t Mess With My Outfit”, protesting against violence and the regulation on women’s clothing choices, asking them to dress more conservatively. The march also included LGTB minorities, after the Istanbul Gay Pride parade was banned.

The solo show You Name It, by Istanbul-based artist Ardan Özmenoğlu, is an exhibition about women. It is a tribute to women, but also about feminism and women’s matters. >>

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Opening: 2 February 2018, 18.00 h
Exhibition on view until 26 February 2018

Siyah Beyaz Galeri
Kavaklıdere Sokak No: 3/1-2
06540 Çankaya
Ankara, Turkey

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