An Opera of Labour and Revolution


The exhibition An Opera of Labour and Revolution takes an unsentimental look at the collective and its expressions both today and in the past juxtaposing artworks based on the iconography of heroic, revolutionary gestures or collaborative, unified action. 

The exhibition reminds of the need for alteration and redesign of the socio-economic realities that surround us. Proposing collective action as a cornerstone of change, it provokingly questions the individual, “who considers himself the legitimate basis of truth by virtue of what is supposed to be immediately given for him, obeys the web of delusion of a society that falsely but necessarily thinks of itself as individualistic.” [1]

At the same time, the presented artworks also address the manifold risks of the collective such as loss of origin and identity, of self-determination and personal freedom. Creating an ambiguous balance between utopia and distopia, the artworks each speak for themselves through their strong performative quality.

An Opera of Labour and Revolution presents artworks by Bill Balaskas, Paolo Cirio, Revital Cohen and Tuur van Balen, Felix Gmelin and Taus Makhacheva. It is curated by Lanfranco Aceti and Susanne Jaschko and will take place at Kasa Gallery from June 26, 2014 to July 30, 2014.


Senior Curators: Lanfranco Aceti and Susanne Jaschko.

Exhibition Manager: Çağlar Çetin.

Exhibition dates: June 26 – July 30, 2014.

Address: Kasa Galeri Bankalar Cad. No: 2, Karakoy, Istanbul.

Visiting hours: 10:00 – 17:00 every day except Sunday.

[1] Theodor W. Adorno, Hegel: Three Studies, çev. Shierry Weber Nicholsen (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1993), 63.