As of 2018, two scholarships will be granted annually to artists who live in Istanbul. The existing Istanbul stipend of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe was expanded to a true exchange, with a jury annually selecting two artists from Istanbul to be sent to Berlin and vice versa. The aim is to further enhance the relations between the partner cities of Berlin and Istanbul as well as the connections to the Turkish art scene. This is done with the conviction that international exchange and direct communication allow cultural diversity be experienced as an enrichment, inviting people to a change in perspective.
Alper Aydın works in the field of Land Art. He studies the physical conditions of the world around him and the impact of humans on ecological processes by means of sociological, historical and archaeological infrastructures. In photographs, sculptures, installations, performances and temporary arrangements of natural materials, the artist intervenes in the landscape, leaving temporary traces by making observations in natural settings, collecting samples, and transforming the surroundings by adding new forms.
For his residency in Berlin, Aydın is planning to conduct an artistic research on stones at historical locations in the city. With these stones, he would like to realize an installation in public space that tells the story of Berlin from a different, multi-faceted viewpoint. He will also continue to work on his long-term project “The Greatest Microbes”. After Ordu, Konya, Paris and Istanbul, Berlin will be the fifth city to be infected by Aydın with his graffiti.
Alper Aydın (born 1989 in Ordu, Turkey) studied Painting at the Anatolian Art Academy in Ordu (graduated 2007), earned his Bachelor’s in Educational Studies (2007-2011) and Fine Art at Gazi University, Ankara and at the Academy in Macerata, Italy (2011-2014). From 2014 to 2019, he took part in the PhD Programme in Sculpture at Hacettepe University, Ankara. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions and biennials, including Mardin Biennial (2018), 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), and Cappadox Festival, Nevşehir, Cappadocia (2017).
The stipend of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe is made possible in the frame of a cooperation between the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) and the ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin as well as DEPO in Istanbul.