Sena Başöz, Jeanne Briand, Jonathan Brechignac, Shezad Dawood, Erkin Kano, Lara Ögel, Ayça Telgeren, Pınar Yoldaş and Bahar Yürükoğlu.

Curated by Amira Arzık and Gizem Karakaş

At Saint-Joseph Lisesi, Istanbul

21 Mar – 11 – May 2018


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Exhibition view from “Capsule”, 2018. Photography by Bahar Yürükoğlu. Courtesy of Saint Joseph French High School, Istanbul.


“Think about the age of the earth, about the geological eras, the genesis and annihilation of the oceans. The age of the galaxy, the age of the universe. These billions of years. And us, and you and me. We live and die in a trice”

Ross Lockhart to his son Jeffrey, in ​Zero K​ by Don DeLillo


Istanbul Saint Joseph Private High School is pleased to host the group exhibition titled “Capsule” for the occasion of this year’s annual Francophonie week. Located under the same roof, the school’s Natural Science Center (est. 2010) works as the show’s main starting point and source of inspiration. The visitors are primarily invited to this center to discover the largest fauna collection of Turkey. Familiar from the sci-fi movies but disconnected and isolated from its ​environment, a capsule, ​constructed specifically for the exhibition, ​is the second stop of the exhibition.

Humankind lead a life focused on, if not obsessed with accumulating, collecting, recording and conserving. They satisfy their desire to leave their mark on the world by creating natural history and archeology museums -that they eventually will ravage and destroy-; they bury their hope to preserve life and existence in The Svalbard Global Seed Vault –that they expect to unseal after a disaster-; in order to repress the idea and the fear of mortality, they create cryopreservation tubes and freeze their sick bodies at -196 degree Celsius, convinced that their illness will be cured with future medical technologies. All of these man built preservation facilities and everything within them-human, animal, object- are part of a vast human strategy to resist the linear time conception created by the mankind himself. Yet all remain still and silent.

“Capsule” ​gathers together, in this human construction comparable to a sterile cave, artistic inquiries that aim to create hybrid forms that are going beyond constructed dichotomies such as human/non-human, nature/culture and organic/technologic or to imagine a future, and/or an afterlife that will be rise from survivors, residues and ruins.

Curated by Amira Arzık and Gizem Karakaş, designed by Fuat Eşrefoğlu with the architectural consultancy from Aslin Ersan, ​“Capsule” brings together works by ​Sena Başöz, Jeanne Briand, Jonathan Bréchignac, Shezad Dawood, Ekin Kano, Lara Ögel, Ayça Telgeren, Pınar Yoldaş and Bahar Yürükoğlu.