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Manifesta 12 Palermo

Han Nefkens Foundation Production Grant

Erkan Özgen : Manifesta 12

16 June – 4 Nov 2018

Manifesta 12 Palermo, Italy


© Erkan Özgen, Purple Muslin (2018). Produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation.

The Han Nefkens Foundation is producing Erkan Özgen’s new video which will be presented during Manifesta 12 to be held in Palermo this year.

This new film is created in collaboration with woman refugees from Northern Iraq. Erkan Özgen’s project explores the impact of war on woman refugees who fled the conflict zones and sought asylum in Europe and Turkey. The video will be an inquiry into the ways in which these women cope with trauma and violence. The video will include discussions with these women about their individual stories and their shared experiences of war, suffering and displacement.

Erkan Özgen lives and works in Diyarbakır (1971, Mardin, Turkey). He graduated from Çukurova University Painting Department in 2000. He works on video based installations and has participated in group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad.

Erkan Özgen is a video artist who lives and works in Diyarbakir, Turkey. His films deal with migration and human rights.

Purple Muslin is created in collaboration with Yazidi women who took refugee to Northern Iraq, to escape ISIS. The video includes the testimonies of these women on war, suffering and displacement.


Erkan Özgen : Manifesta 12
16 June – 4 Nov 2018

Manifesta 12 Palermo, Italy
Via Teatro Garibaldi 46/56, 90133 Palermo

Manifesta 12 . Opening in Palermo in June 2018, Manifesta 12 is the latest instalment of the world’s only nomadic biennial of contemporary art and culture. Throughout its 11 editions, Manifesta has always been politically and socially engaged, beyond producing an experimental and emerging art experience. From Ljubljana in 2000, Trentino - South Tyrol in 2008 and Saint-Petersburg in 2014 to Manifesta 12 Palermo in 2018 and Manifesta 13 Marseille in 2020, Manifesta has consistently chosen unexpected host locations that reflect the changing DNA of Europe and shed new light on its key issues and transformations.

Palermo is an excellent host city in this context, allowing Manifesta 12 to continue its story of decoding Europe. On the one hand, Manifesta 12 The Planetary Garden will investigate contemporary challenges from Palermo’s perspective as a Mediterranean hub. On the other, it will attempt to mobilise the existing energy of the city through intensive education programmes, Manifesta’s international network and long-term projects that will kick-off during the biennial and will create a sustainable impact after Manifesta.

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