Exhibition 'Legal Tender' at Kasa Gallery



From September 5th  until October 27th , 2007, Kasa Gallery presents the exhibition Legal Tender conceptualised by Sencer Vandarman. With this group exhibition the young Berlin-based artist focuses on the former function of the location as a bank and teams up with Rey Akdogan, Mario Asef, Fulya Çetin and Tobias Laukemper to trace the many meanings of the term Legal Tender.

The artists take the task and display their projects allotted in the three main spaces of the Gallery:

Rey Akdogan (*1974, lives and works in Berlin and New York) adds a humorous notion to the term and space, by staging an accessible microcosm, a conglomerate of typical materials used to outfit the foyer of a bank, which functions as a space of representation.

Mario Asef (*1971 Córdoba, Argentina, lives and works in Berlin) work titled The Mystery and the Wonder almost follows the lead of visualising a long lost space.

Fulya Çetin (*1970 Istanbul, lives and works in Istanbul) approaches the subject Legal Tender on a very intimate level through portraits. As the term does not only refer to money itself, Çetin focuses on very personal and everyday life in Turkish culture and ways of handling payments.

Tobias Laukemper (*1970 Düsseldorf, lives and works in Rotterdam and Berlin) work titled „The Script“, which duplicates extracts of social reality is staged in the vault of the bank, which builds an analogy of dominance with the power symbol of money.

Sencer Vardarman (*1970 Istanbul, lives and works in Istanbul and Berlin) highlights the provenance and identity of currencies in his textual work. By tracing the etymological origins of the medium of exchange, Vardarman develops a genealogical tree, which visualises the collectivism of the global culture and questions the non-economical functions of money.

Exhibition dates: 5 September – 27 October 2007
Opening: 5 September, 18:30

Sabancı Üniversitesi Kasa Galeri, Bankalar Cad.No:2 Karaköy- Tel: 0212 292 49 39/1508