Why Istanbul is one of the “Art Cities of the Future”
Hale Tenger produces video and object-based works and installations that explore violence, power relations, and the tension between nature and culture. In Balloons on the Sea (2011), a video installation featuring a colorful string of balloons floating on water and accompanied by a spare score, Tenger invokes a tradition practiced by communities along the Bosphorus, in which patrons pay to shoot BB guns at floating balloons. Smaller screens in the installation depict individual balloons bursting and coming back to life, suggesting resilience in the face of violence. In Beirut (2005¬–7), Tenger presents a video of the façade of the St. George Hotel in Beirut, in front of which the former prime minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. The video features time-lapse footage shot over two years after the event, set to a score by an experimental musician. The grid of fluttering curtains constitutes a meditation on the history embedded in the hotel.
Turkish, b. 1960