Public program for Köken Ergun’s Young Turks

Köken Ergun. Young Turks
Discussions Program
Screening Program
How to take part
January 30–March 26, 2016


The public program, organized as part of Köken Ergun’s exhibition Young Turks, features lectures, discussions, screenings, and talks in the exhibition space. Visitors are also invited to consult a selection of books on history, anthropology, cultural studies and art provided at Garage Library.

Globalization, as a primarily economic process of normalization effacing regional differences, remains the main evolutionary trend of today. However, it has also provoked a counter movement, reviving debates around the question of national identity. New forms of globalization now emerge, which develop from state policies and adopt national models of modernization based on traditional religious and cultural values.

The public program for Köken Ergun’s exhibition will put his work in a broader cultural context. In a series of lectures and discussions, leading Russian and international historians, anthropologists, and culture theorists, including Konstantin Bogdanov, İştar Gözaydın, Arif Dirlik, Vyacheslav Morozov, Ayşe Çavdar, and Viktor Shnirelman, will touch on a range of subjects that are present in Young Turks, starting from the proliferation of religious movements and the growing popularity of religious groups and conservative views in Russia and Turkey, and ending with the elites’ use of folklore in order to invent national values. The program also includes a round-table organized by Garage Teens Team, which will focus on the nationalist turn in Russian universities.

Films selected by the speakers to go along with the public program will be screened in Garage Auditorium, and on weekends visitors will be able to take part in One-Work Talk group discussions in the exhibition space. Hearing impaired visitors will be able to take part in One-Work Talk group discussions in Russian sign language scheduled twice a month.

For those willing to learn more, a selection of sources prepared by the artist and the curator will be available at Garage Library.

Click here to download the public program schedule for Köken Ergun's Young Turks. 



Born in Istanbul in 1976, Köken Ergun studied acting at İstanbul University and completed his postgraduate degree in ancient Greek literature at King's College London, followed by a master’s degree in art history at Bilgi University. After working with American theater director Robert Wilson, Ergun became more involved in video and film. His multi-channel video installations have been exhibited internationally at institutions including Palais de Tokyo, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, KIASMA, Digital Art Lab Tel Aviv, Casino Luxembourg, Protocinema, Queensland Art Gallery, SALT, and Kunsthalle Winterthur. His film works have received several awards at film festivals, including the Tiger Award for Short Film at the 2007 Rotterdam Film Festival, and the Special Mention Prize at the 2013 Berlinale. Ergun’s works are included in public collections such as the Centre Pompidou, Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Kadist Foundation.


Saturday, January 30

Friday, February 19

Saturday, February 27

Friday, March 11

Saturday, March 12


Yulia Aksenova is the curator of Young Turks.  After graduating from the Russian State University of the Humanities in history of art (2002), Yulia Aksenova worked at the Department of Current Trends at the State Tretyakov Gallery from 2004 to 2007. She attended the international Curatorial Programme of de Appel in Amsterdam in 2007, and held a curatorial position at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art from 2010 to 2014.

Her recent curatorial projects include Sots Art. Political Art in Russia, Tretyakov Gallery, 2007; Masters Hamfrey’s Clock, de Appel, Amsterdam, 2008; New/Old Cold War, Red October, 2009; Russian Utopias, Garage, 2010; The Phantom Monuments, Garage, 2011; Necessary Art, Gorky Park, 2011; 33 Fragments of Russian Performance, Performa, NYC, 2011; Nathalie Djurberg Jan Švankmajer, Garage, 2013; Personal Choice, Garage, 2014; Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History, 2014; Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Theory, Garage, 2015; Our Land/ Alien Territory, Moscow Manege, 2015.

Arif Dirlik is a former professor at Duke University (United States). He has written extensively on historical and political thought in 20th Century China, as well as issues in globalization, postcolonial criticism, and cultural studies. His most recent book-length publication is Culture and History in Postrevolutionary China: The Perspective of Global Modernity (Chinese tr., 2015).

İştar Gözaydın is a professor at Gediz University, Izmir specializing in legal and political theory. The main focus of her research is on the relations between the state and religion, the similarities and differences between Anglo-Saxon and European secularism, and the formation of modern religious groups. She is a founder of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, a human rights organization in Turkey. Gözaydın was a research fellow at the University of London, Birkbeck College in 2009. Her recent publications include “Management of Religion in Turkey: the Diyanet and Beyond” in Özgür Heval Çınar and Mine Yıldırım (eds.): Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014, 10-35; “Ahmet Davutoğlu: Role as an Islamic Scholar Shaping Turkey’s Foreign Policy” in Nassef Manabilang Adiong (ed.): Islam and International Relations, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2013; “Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı” in John L. Esposito (ed): Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, Oxford University Press 2009.

Ayşe Çavdar is an independent anthropologist and journalist specializing in the questions of religion, secularism, urbanism, and social justice. She received a degree in communications from Ankara University, followed by an MA degree from Bosphorus University and a PhD from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). She is a frequent contributor to several periodicals.

Konstantin Bogdanov is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House), a doctor of philology, and the author of many publications on the history of culture, sciences and humanities, including O krokodilakh v Rossii. Ocherki iz istorii zaimstvovaniy I ekzotizmov [Crocodiles in Russia. Essays on the History of Loans and Exoticism] (2006); Vox Populi. Folklorniye zhanry sovetskoi kultury [Vox Populi. Folklore Genres in Soviet Culture] (2009); Iz istorii klyaks. Filologicheskiye nablyudeniya [From the History of Blots. Philological Observations] (2012); and Peremenniye Velichiny. Pogoda russkoi istorii I drugiye syuzhety [Variables. The Weather in Russian History and Other Stories] (2014).

Vyacheslav Morozov is a historian and political theorist, and professor at the Political Science Institute of the University of Tartu. He is the author of Rossiya I drugiye: identichnost I granitsy politicheskogo soobshestva [Russia and the Others: Identity and the Borders of a Political Community] (2009). His main area of interest lies in postcolonial theory, ideology and political discourses in modern Russia. He also conducts comparative studies of political processes in Russia and Europe, as well as in Russia and Asia.

Natela Piliya is a student at the History Department of Moscow State University. She lives and works in Moscow. As a member of Garage Teens Team, she took part in the preparation of the Points of Intersection exhibition. She also took part in Dozhd TV’s President-2042 project. Natela Piliya is interested in contemporary art's political potential and its possible use in mitigating today's most urgent problems.

Viktor Shnirelman is a doctor of history, and the head of research at the Ethnology and Anthropology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of over 400 publications, including over 300 books on sociocultural anthropology and contemporary ethnic politics. Recently, he has been specializing in the questions of ethnicity and nationalism, ethnocentric histories, ethnic conflict ideologies, racism and xenophobia in modern Russian.


January 31 – March 26

Garage Auditorium 


Films will be screened with a simultaneous translation into Russian.

Admission Free

Sunday, January 31

15:00–16:00 Garage Auditorium  

I, Soldier/The Flag

Screening and artist talk


Director: Köken Ergun
Duration: 7 minutes/9 minutes
Turkey 2007/Turkey 2008

Sunday, February 7

Sunday, February 28

Tuesday, March 2

19:00–20:30 Garage Auditorium  

Concerning Violence

Director: Göran Olsson
Duration: 78 minutes
Sweden/Finland/Denmark/United States 2014

Thursday, March 10

Sunday, March 13

Saturday, March 19

Saturday, March 26


Admission is free, registration required.

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