Delfina Foundation

Onur Gökmen

London: 14/08/15 — 18/10/15

Onur Gökmen is interested in the discourses, objects and narratives that make certain codifications possible and that structure the present through a rewriting of the past. His work questions the inherent politics of existing codification mechanisms, such as usage of archaeology in modern Turkey, traditional game of cirit or public fountains of Istanbul by copying or reshaping them, often using humour to reveal their construction.

He was commissioned by Spot Production Fund in 2014 for PRODUCE 2.He is also recipient of Akbank/RHMD Contemporary artists Istanbul prize in 2011. Onur Gökmen is also a member of Istanbul based collective KABA HAT. He lives and works in İstanbul. Amongst his recent exhibitions and performances are: Stay With Me, Depo, Istanbul, 2015; Bureau Sement, TORUN, Ankara, 2014; Character, Öktem&Aykut, Istanbul, 2014; Bahane, Arter, İstanbul, 2013.

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.
César lives and works in Mexico.

César Martínez’s work tackles the diverse economic, social and cultural tensions that Mexico has faced in the last decades. Departing from the logic of provocation, criticism and uncertainty, and displaying humorous appropriations of language’s conceptual ambivalence, César employs multiple supports to tackle complex topics. From installation and sculpture made of edible materials to performance and conceptual objects he explores social malaise in the face of a frustrating system, the defeat of the institutions, globalization and the submission of the Mexican government to U.S. dictates among others subjects.

 

César has done over 200 performances in International venues, and has also participated in many conferences and round tables. His work is in important art collections such as the Carsten Norman in Germany, Fundació Sorigué in Spain, Colezzione “La Gaia” and Associazione Prometeo in Italy, MUCA UNAM, and various private collections in the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.

 

César lives and works in Mexico.