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Politics of Writing Art Histories in Turkey: Nil Yalter and The Round House

Image courtesy of Ceren Opzinar

Join us for the latest in our autumn research seminar series when we welcome art historian Dr Ceren Ozpinar, a Newton Fellow at the University of Sussex.

Art histories often associate the art of the Turkish-French artist Nil Yalter (b.1938) with the questions of immigration and gender. Yet, the critical perspectives on the way that her lived experiences and political past have informed her work is still missing from narratives.

Art historian Dr Ceren Ozpinar, a Newton Fellow at the University of Sussex, attempts to relocate Yalter’s art in the situated context of her life by doing a close reading of her mixed media work The Round House (1973). While placing it in relation to the broader milieu in which it was created — across Istanbul and Paris in the early 1970s—, Ozpinar uncovers the interconnected histories of women who have been influential on the art and life of the artist.

As well as recontextualizing Yalter’s oeuvre, Ozpinar offers an understanding of the politics of art history writing in Turkey by giving an account of the feminist thought, socialist struggle and a psychosocial perspective on the burgeoning conceptual art world of the period.

The venue is Room G.23, 28 University Road, University of Leeds. See here for a campus map.

It is free to attend and all are welcome.

This event is organised by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies as part of the autumn research seminar series.

Image courtesy of Ceren Opzinar

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