Artspace welcomes new Director
Photo by Fabian Schewe (work behind: Erdag Aksel's "A Calculated Loss of Memory- Stuttgart" 2014 as part the exhibition "Life of Objects" Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, 2014).
In early November Artspace will welcome its new Director Misal Adnan Yıldız.
Originally from Turkey, Yıldız comes to Artspace directly from the role of Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart Germany, which he has held since 2011. During his time there his major projects included solo exhibitions with Slavs and Tatars, Hito Steyerl, Cevdet Erek, Annika Eriksson and the group exhibitions Skeptical Thoughts On Love and Future Scenarios With An Open End. Yıldız’s curatorial programme with Artspace will begin in late November with On the moment of change there is always a new threshold of imagination, an evolving exhibition which will lead Artspace into 2015. Further announcements will be made in the following weeks.
Yıldız aims to examine how public imagination, social criticism and collective creativity are perceived today in diverse cultural, political and social contexts through his work, and seeks to understand how artistic research and knowledge respond to these transformations.
By studying the dynamics of curiosity, inspiration, imagination, critical thinking, perception and learning, Yıldız endeavors to merge his education in psychology with his passion for literature. He is currently working on a publication titled “Audience-Time-Space” on the subject of “visual thinking studies” to be published from Auckland soon.
Adnan Yıldız is a graduate of Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) in Psychology and Educational Sciences, and later Sabancı University (Istanbul) where he completed his Master of Arts degree in Visual Art and Visual Communication Design. From 2006-2008 he participated in the traveling curatorial research program Curatorlab/Konstfack in Stockholm, and in 2009 he worked as a researcher in Valand Art Academy's Independent Study Program (Gothenburg). Yıldız was a nominee for the ICI Independent Curatorial Vision Award in 2012. In the summer of 2013 he realised the exhibition titled A History of Inspiration organised within the scope of Nouvelles Vagues at the Palais de Tokyo. During this period he also worked as a curatorial collaborator of the 13th İstanbul Biennial. Together with Michael Wang and Evelyn Simonds, Yıldız shares the Curate Award 2014, a global prize that recognises new curatorial talent, awarded by Fondazione Prada and the Qatar Museums Authority.