Hale Tenger

Hale Tenger (1963) is regarded as something of a "black sheep" in Turkey because of her critical work. During the Istanbul Biennial event, her wall piece 'I Know People Like This' (1992) raised eyebrows. It consists of a large number of kitsch "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" monkeys and mega-phallic cast brass Priapus figures, arranged in patterns of stars and crescents, the symbol of the Turkish state. She was accused of violating the penal code.

The Self-determination exhibition will include also her installation 'Decent Deathwatch: Bosnia-Herzegovina' (1993), made after visiting the refugeecamp near Istanbul. Over 800 copies from articles in water filled glass jars and low voices (Tenger reproduces the interviews taken with the guests of the camp) give the impression of a laboratory as well as of a underground-cemetery.

In her newest installation 'Sometimes you see, sometimes you don't, it ain't no bedtime story, we'll take a walk in the Dark' (1995) Tenger is questioning our free will. Can we determine the evolution of mankind?

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