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Julia Kurek

Born in 1984 in Szczecin, Poland
Lives in Poland

Turkey. 2008. Video. Courtesy of the artist

The Turkey video is a recording of the performance I created in Istanbul on 24th December 2008. I walked down Istiklal Street, the main street in the city. I was moving with my eyes covered, going straight, barefoot. I was wearing a traditional gown of Muslim women, the burqa, covering the entire body, in an untypical red colour. My red burqa corresponded with the red in the Turkish flag, the flag of a country where women’s rights are limited because of the ubiquity of Islam. To emphasize my identity as a person originating from a country strongly affected by Christian culture, I chose Christmas Eve for the day of the performance. My transformation into an abstract Muslim woman was a contrast to the superficially modern character of the Istanbul metropolis. I was striding blindly ahead, as if in submission to the rules of Islam.

Julia Kurek

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.