Istambul – SHARING WATERS Sauna meets hamam
Loin de nos travaux archéologiques ou historiques, cette exposition propose une approche artistique de problématiques en de nombreux points similaires à celles développées par le projet Balnéorient. Elle rejoint en particulier les études menées dans le cadre de nos travaux sur le devenir du bain public en Orient, de Sanaa à Damas ou Alep.
Une journée de séminaire complétera le travail des quatre artistes exposés, avec entre autres la participation de Sarab Atassi (Ifpo Damas).
Extraits de la présentation du projet (Ulla Kastrup, curator) :
(…) Why public baths? What do bathing, bathhouses and a specific bathing culture represent? Four female artists from four different bathing traditions exhibit their work at Tütün Deposu in Istanbul, 15th October – 14th November. Sharing Waters presents four contributions by four artists: Gülsün Karamustafa from Istanbul, Buthayna Ali from Damascus, Heta Kuchka from Helsinki and Maria Ängquist Klyvare from Stockholm. Each artist has created an artwork out of their own personal reflections on bathing and traditions.
What might get lost if the public bath disappears? Sharing Waters would like to focus on bathing and the space between the walls as a place of importance. The exhibition of the artworks will function as a platform for a conference with participants from four different bathing cultures. Derya Özkan (Turkey), Sarab Atassi (Syria), Sari Näre (Finland) and Jane Magnusson (Sweden) are going to open up discussions at Tütün Deposu on 16th October at 1pm. Drawing on their diverse specialised qualifications and areas of interest – history, contemporary studies, anthropology and sociology – their different angles of approach will contribute towards getting the discussions started.
The platform Sharing Waters – Sauna Meets Hamam will hopefully go on tour to Damascus, Helsinki and Stockholm, where it once started. The project hopes to contribute to a vitalisation of discussions concerning the bathhouse, an important public meeting place. Bathhouses and bathing are important cultural expressions.
Sharing Waters is curated by Ulla Kastrup in collaboration with Maria Ängquist Klyvare. The Swedish Consulate General is the main sponsor of Sharing Waters together with the Swedish Institute and the Foundation for the Culture of the Future.