The AR Pavilion – Istanbul: Collateral

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An exhibition with Issa Touma (Aleppo), Erkan Özgen (Diyarbakır), Pınar Öğrenci (Istanbul) and Chto Delat (St. Petersburg).

Curated by Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky of
Perpetuum Mobilε


Powers play.
Wagers are made.
Interest rises.
Economies fall.
Wars are waged.
Interest falls.
Whole cities of peoples are effaced.

That’s the balance of the wager.
That is the part that is confiscated when the paper towers fall.
When the armies roll, when the generals brawl.

It is us all.
Hostages to powers beyond recall.
Rebuilding children’s fantasies

Exposed to war and violence in different ways, the artists in « Collateral » aka « Artists at Risk Pavilion – Istanbul » tell stories of war, migration and resistance.


Issa Touma with Floor van der Meulen and Thomas Vroege, 9 Days from My Window in Aleppo, documentary film, 12’36”, 2015. European Short Film Award winner, 2016.
In August 2012, Syrian photographer Issa Touma spent nine days holed up in his apartment, filming the emerging civil war outside his window.

Erkan Özgen Adult Games Adult Games, video, 3’55 », 2004
“Adult Games” tells of the great games being played in this troubled time in a fast-forward, amusing and tragic form.

Pınar Öğrenci, A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us, video, 5’55 », 2017.
Risking his life on this voyage across the Aegean Sea, a young musician from Baghdad leaves behind a rich world of culture; his instrument, the oud, is left floating on the waters.

Chto Delat, It Hasn’t Happened To Us, Yet. Safe Haven. 36’24″, video, 2017.
Fleeing to a Safe Haven, five artists face a conflict between immersion in everyday, peaceful life or returning to real struggle and danger. This is a story about what hasn’t happened to us yet.

All the artists in the exhibition have worked with Perpetuum Mobile and/or its Artists at Risk (AR) programme.

Perpetuum Mobile (PM):
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@Artists at Risk (AR):
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MARSistanbul is supported by SAHA as part of “Grant for the Sustainability of Independent Art Initiatives 2016–2017”.

MARSistanbul is an independent artists-run gallery

Collateral takes place in the frame of parallel events of the 15th International Istanbul Biennial and is part of the Mahalla festival.


For more about the AR PAVILION, see

Artists at Risk (AR) is a Perpetuum Mobilization