The exhibition “Lines of Site/Kazı İzleri”, which we plan to open in February 2022 in Istanbul, will be a multi-media event that brings together artworks by artists from different countries working with different methods and materials.
Artists will produce works in painting, video, sculpture, photography, installation and other art forms within the scope of contemporary art. What these works have in common will be the sedentary life of the Neolithic period in Aşıklı Höyük and the inspirations and emotional reflections from today’s excavation finds.
This exhibition, which will be the most important event of the “Art and Archaeology” project, is led by The Friends of Aşıklı Society and funded under European Union’s Grant Scheme for Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Dialogue between Turkey and the EU-II (CCH-II) program. The exhibition will tour in Barcelona, Dundee and possibly London as a physical or virtual exhibition after Istanbul.
The 13 artists who confirmed that they would participate in the exhibition, visited Aşıklı Höyük in recent years, spent time with the archaeological team at the excavation site, and made observations. However, during the project and during the production phase, it will be very important for artists to spend more time with archaeologists, to produce ideas, both through online meetings and by visiting Aşıklı again to enhance “intercultural dialogue”, which is the main goal of the project. These meetings are aimed at bringing together the disciplines of archaeology and art, and accordingly, an interdisciplinary presentation with areas such as anthropology, zoology and botany.
We know that the artists who have visited Aşıklı until now are extremely impressed by the site and have started to write the story of Aşıklı in their own art forms.
Now it’s time to produce and display “a timeless museum” by observing images of Aşıklı and its landscape, that have not changed for 10,500 years.