Marx bag (2008) dispays an original quote from Marx on both sides – one in English and the other in Turkish. It is produced for On Producibility exhibition curated by Kristina Kramer. As an artist from Istanbul, I preferred to produce the work myself instead of using mass production facilities in the city, while engrossing its theme with the Karl Marx quote. Below, you can read more about the exhibition context.
Exhibition text by Kristina Kramer: "On Producibility is an internationally composed and organized group show that has its starting point in Istanbul and is then going to travel and develop throughout European venues. The project is about products, production and their placement in society. We invited artists to Istanbul to reflect on and refer to the local conditions and global dimensions of production by creating new artworks. In Istanbul, the steps of the production processes are often located in the immediate neighborhood and are transparent and accessible. They are not externalized as in most service societies like Germany or other EU countries. Manufacturing is still part of the everyday life. While Turkey is a preferred production location of Europe in the context of world industry, the parameters are now shifting from a production-based to a consumption-oriented society with overwhelming shopping malls and standardized franchise companies. The rapidity and the simultaneousness of this development creates a situation that is highly vibrant. Our interest is to observe, understand and interfere in this state of society-in-transmission as represented by its products. With their travel to Istanbul, the artists have the possibility and opportunity to use the huge number of large and small manufacturing places and to take advantage of this transparency of production for their artistic purpose."