Bergen Assembly 2019 core group member Banu Cennetoğlu’s artistic practice explores the political, social, and cultural dimensions of the production, representation, and distribution of knowledge, how this forms a society’s collective thinking and is addressed in a society’s ideology.
The work 07.06.2019 compiles national, regional, and local newspapers published in Norway on 7 June 2019. Indexed and bound as a reference library and a ‘unique object’, the ongoing project, which has previously been undertaken in Turkey (28.08.2010/14.05.2019), Switzerland (14.01.2011), 20 Arabic-speaking countries (02.11.2011), Cyprus (29.06.2012), United Kingdom (04.09.2014), and Germany (11.08.2015), deals with the politics and hierarchy of news dissemination while generating a portrait of different geographies at this particular point in time.
In conjunction with 07.06.2019 Cennetoğlu facilitated the distribution of The List in the Norwegian daily metropolitan newspaper Bergensavisen.
Compiled and updated each year by UNITED for Intercultural Action, an anti-discrimination network, The List traces information relating to the deaths of 36,570 people who have lost their lives within or on the borders of Europe since 1993 due to state policies (documented as of 1 April 2019). Since 2007, in collaboration with art workers and institutions, Cennetoğlu has facilitated updated versions of The List using public spaces such as billboards, transport networks, and newspapers.
The List has been updated for local cases and translated into Norwegian by a group of five scholars and activists: Kari Hagatun, Mari Norbakk, Ørjan Skaga, Cathrine Talleraas and Sunniva Vik and copyedited by Ama Hanssen. This collective process aims for a discursive, transformative translation process through which there could emerge a place and time to problematise and reflect on the politics of mourning and listing.
In collaboration with Bergen Assembly 2019, Bergensavisen disseminated The List in print and online on 7 June 2019. Copies of the newspaper with a 48-page supplement are available at Belgin from 8 June 2019.
Banu Cennetoğlu lives and works in Istanbul. Recent solo shows include Sculpture Center, New York (2019), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2018), Bonner Kunstverein (2015) and Kunsthalle Basel (2011). Her work was presented at, among others, 10th Liverpool Biennial (2018), Stories of Almost Everyone at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018), documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2017), The Restless Earth at Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2017), 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014), Manifesta 8 in Murcia (2010) and the Turkish Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). In 2016, she was a guest at the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.