Location: Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
Opening hours: 24. June 2017 – 27. August 2017 11 – 20 PM
Opening: Friday, 23rd March 2017, 19 PM
Artist: Viron Erol Vert
Co-Curators: Didem Yazıcı, Melina Gersteman
Born in The Purple is an interdisciplinary exhibition project by Berlin–Istanbul– based artist Viron Erol Vert that revolves around global urgencies including cultural supremacy, identitarian abuse and basic human rights. Vert shows 12 newly produced artistic positions in the exhibition as well as invites the public and guests to join in the Porphyra Club, a social space within the exhibition, to share thoughts, knowledge and sensuous moments.
Coming from old Istanbulian family roots which blend Greek–orthodox, Arab, Levantine, Armenian and Sephardic cultures, Vert takes Istanbul’s ancient history and its recent past as focal points for Born in The Purple. His family apartment in Istanbul’s Osmanbey, one of many minority districts in the city, functions as a scenic framing of the exhibition, that unfolds itself in the 12 rooms of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien. Through everyday life objects, patterns, melodies, idioms, youth and childhood memories, Vert does not merely reflect on the peculiarities of the status of minorities and concepts of flexible citizenship, but also refers to major power shifts and hegemonic con- flicts the world over. The heterogenous usage of material, shapes and format in Vert ́s works reflects the diverse perspectives in a multicultural society that can be taken on an alternating reality.
Born in The Purple is the direct translation of the Greek Porphyrogen- netos, an honorific title given to an emperor’s child born in a special chamber called Porphyra, paneled with purple stone, in the Great Palace of Byzantine Constantinople, modern day Istanbul. Only a child who was born in this room had superior rights to succession. Vert’s exhibition can be seen as an artistic study on the relevance and impact of conceptions of superiority and questions that occur in the context of expulsion. Within the exhibition, this concept becomes a metaphor for shifting global dynamics, which affect the present and the future of metropolitan societies and cities. Who has a right to rule, who has a right to stay and who has right to shelter?
Porphyra Club offers a regular program within the exhibition. The title is inspired by the so–called purple chamber once located at the Great Palace of Byzantine Constantinople. Porphyra Club opens up a social, festive and discursive space by inviting the public as well as thinkers, curators, artists and researchers from different disciplines to share knowledge, perspectives and creativity. Through discussions, performances, music, screenings and food, the program is devoted to completing the concept of Born In The Purple with sensory experiences in Porphyra Club.
Purple Sounds is a series of concerts, DJ–Sets, sound performances and interventions in the Porphyra Club with Berlin–based and international artists. Curated by Viola Glock, Wahib Soumade and Zuri Maria Daiß the program stretches a bow between traditional and contemporary as well as between oriental and occidental music styles.
Die Gegabelte Hand
Die Gegabelte Hand by Denise Palma Ferrante extends the topic of the exhibition into the culinary sphere during Porphyra Club events with adaptations of traditional Istanbulian recipies that reflect the multicultural history of the city with all its Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences.