CrossSections | Başak Şenova

International Symposium Curating Exchange | Presentation by Basak Senova: CrossSections Project | Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje | 5th December 2018, 8pm

We are pleased to announce that on 5th of December (Wednesday,) starting from 8pm in the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje will take place a presentation and conversation with Basak Senova, curator and designer.

In Skopje she will present the Crossections project as an interdisciplinary platform, contemplating on artistic research, dialogues, and production. In the course of three years (2017-2019), with the participation of 19 artists, some scholars and cultural workers, various meetings, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and talks will be held in three cities: Vienna, Helsinki, and Stockholm. 

Curated by Başak Şenova, the CrossSections project is organized in partnership of iaspis - the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists and Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, and NKF - Nordiska Konstförbundet (The Nordic Art Association) in Stockholm; Nya Småland in different locations in Sweden; HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme and University of the Arts Helsinki - Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki; Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia in Tallinn; and Press to Exit Project Space in Skopje.

The participating artists are Barbara Holub (AT), Ebru Kurbak (TR), Marcus Neustetter (ZA), Ricarda Denzer (DE/AT), Behzad K. Noori (SE), Heba Y. Amin (EG/DE), Nikolaus Gansterer (AT), Tamsin Snow (IE/UK), Benji Boyadgian (FI/PS), Inma Herrera (ES/FI), Nisrine Boukrari (SY/SE), Timo Tuhkanen (FI), Bronwyn Lace (ZA), Isa Rosenberger (AT), Otto Karvonen (FI), Yane Calovski (MK), Egle Oddo (IT/FI), Lina Selander (SE), and Ramesch Daha (AT). 

Basak Senova is a curator and designer. She studied Literature and Graphic Design (MFA in Graphic Design and Ph.D. in Art, Design and Architecture at Bilkent University) and attended the 7th Curatorial Training Programme of Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam. As an assistant professor, she lectured in various universities in Turkey and in 2017 she was the resident fellow at the University of the Arts, Helsinki in co-operation with HIAP. She has recently received Associate Professorship by the Higher Education Council of Turkey.

Senova as been writing on art, technology and media, initiating and developing projects and curating exhibitions since 1995. She is one of the founding members of NOMAD, as well as the organizer of "ctrl_alt_del" sound art project and "Upgrade!Istanbul". She is the editor of art-ist 6Kontrol Online MagazineLapses book series, UNCOVEREDAftermathObje'ctThe MoveThe TranslationScientific Inquiries, Cultural Massacre, Ahmet Elhan-Ground Glass and Lines of Passage (in medias res) among other publications. Senova is one of the editorial correspondents of and Turkish correspondent of Flash Art International. She curated Zorlu Center Collection for two years (2011-2012) by also acting as the editor of its publications. Senova acted as an advisory board member of the Turkish Pavilion in Venice Biennial and also the Istanbul Biennial as well as a member of the International Biennial Association’s (IBA) editorial board.

Senova was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale. She co-curated the UNCOVERED (Cyprus) and the 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 2014, she acted as the Art Gallery Chair of (ACM) SIGGRAPH 2014 (Vancouver) the curator of the Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014 and the Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures. In 2015, she curated the Pavilion of Republic of Macedonia at the 56th Venice Biennale and in 2016, Lines of Passage (in medias res) Exhibition in Lesvos. Since the beginning of 2017, she has been working on a long-term research-based art project Cross Sections in Vienna, Helsinki, and Stockholm.

Basak Senova visit is part of the annual program of Press to Exit Project Space titled "Undisciplined Forms of Knowledge" within the series "Lectures, Presentations and Exhibitions" and the International Symposium "Curating Exchanges 7: Building Urban Communities".

Press to Exit Project Space program is organized in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje and Kontrapunkt, Skopje, and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia.