Maria Andersson and Nancy Atakan – Marking a Shift

The exhibition Marking a Shift looks for traces of past cultural exchange. It uses methods of serendipity, unplanned and fortunate discoveries, while bringing the past to the present and anticipates the future through a contextualized form of collaboration. 

The artists, Maria Andersson and Nancy Atakan, started collaborating with collective research in 2012 when they discovered their shared interests in cultural transliteration and transcultural exchange. Their joint and individual research about Swedish Ling gymnastics as a modernist project in Sweden and Turkey has led to a series of separate works by each artist using their own modes of production, as well as collaborative works. The work builds several parallel narratives directly and loosely connected to Selim Sırrı Tarcan, who brought Swedish Ling Gymnastics to Turkey in the beginning of the 20th Century. And his daughters Selma Sırrı and Azade Tarcan who, influenced by their father’s radical ideas and ideals of a society, became pioneers of modern dance in Turkey (Selma) and developed a therapeutic method of teaching gymnastics to everyone (Azade).

The exhibition includes works made from 2015 to the present from the artists individual art practices based on their shared research, as well as collaborative works; video, books, textile works and performance.

Maria Andersson (b.1978) is an artist based in Stockholm. Her process based practice deals primarily with aspects of spatial organization and the shaping of a society. She works mainly with video and text, but also with public interventions, performance and spatial installations. Maria has also been involved in several self-organized initiatives and collaborative projects such as Ett rum med utsikt/A Room With A View, Slakthusateljéerna, AIR Drop and STAD. She has been studying at Central Saint Martins College i London, Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design and Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.

The American born Istanbul based artist, teacher, art historian and art critic, Nancy Atakan (1947), has been an active figure in the Istanbul arts scene since 1969. Originally a painter, in the early 1990’s she switched to a multimedia approach encompassing photography, installation, text, digital printing, neon and video. In 2007 she co-founded with artist Volkan Aslan, a non-profit artist initiative and project space called 5533. Sustaining this idealistic viewpoint, her practice involves experimentation, research, collaboration, and dialogue.