Protocinema is happy to announce Once Upon a Time Inconceivable, a group exhibition on the occasion of our ten-year milestone, cross-examining the pair of perception and realization; and their impairments in relation to time and space, bringing together works by Abbas Akhavan, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Banu Cennetoğlu, Ceal Floyer, Gülşah Mursaloğlu, Zeyno Pekünlü, Paul Pfeiffer, Amie Siegel, and Mario García Torres. The exhibition and public programs will take place at and with the kind collaboration of Beykoz Kundura, a cultural hub formerly a factory site of various mass-manufactures from the Ottoman Era to the present day, situated on the north-east coast of the Bosphorus, Istanbul.
Coming at a crucial moment of crisis and loss that urges us to rethink all establishments and reevaluate personal, local, and global relationships, Once Upon a Time Inconceivable invites us to reassess the curious workings of perception and realization. Through the artworks bending perceived temporalities and conceived spatialities, this exhibition sheds light on the process of realization itself. Focusing on the dynamics of perception and realization matters as it turns our unevenly shared experience of the past into fuel for further changes in understanding that may (or may not) translate into changes in action.
Once Upon a Time Inconceivable will be accompanied by ProtoZine edition with texts by Lara Fresko Madra, Alper Turan, and Mari Spirito. The exhibition will be followed by a book project with additional commissioned texts by Laura Raicovich and Mari Spirito (conversation with artists), be launched in early 2022, and then distributed internationally.