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Metincan Guzel

In the summer of 2023, Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen calls for an art project that seeks new connections between art, heritage and local communities through collective learning, participation and social practices. We would now like to present the final selection: Metincan Güzel. With his project Too Close to Home, he was selected from almost 50 entries to participate in the Open Call 2023 at Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen and follows in the footsteps of Latisha Sparks.

About the project

For this project, artist Metincan Güzel explores shop interiors of Rotteram Zuid, Whose owners migrated mostly from different cities in Turkey. Guzel considers these as diasporaric scenographies, that due to certain elements, can be described as magical, causing a spatial shift to either existing and imaginary places and times.

The project aims to reveal conscious and unconscious knowledge of the Turkish diaspora in creating imaginary spaces. Güzel recognized a theatrical tendency in the way these spaces are put together by the shopkeepers, creating stages that invoke both the here and there. 

The knowledge uncovered in the research reveals new perspectives on political questions about juxtapositions that arise within the diasporic context, such as the idea of being both in place and displaced. Güzel opens up a conceptual discussion of what local knowledge, artistic production, and theatricality within this context can be, and creates opportunities to establish recognition of the described practices within the cultural field.

Guzel will take over a studio space at Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen using this as a base for further research where he will present his findings. 

About the project
Image: Seungjoon Song