Photo: Muhsin Akgün
Halil Altındere (b.1971) produces in various mediums and collaborates with ballet dancers, opera singers, hip hop artists, guides, police officers, architects. Mainly known for his works inquiring political, social and culture codes, and addressing resistance against oppressive systems, the artist chooses to tell about the issues in which he is interested by working with the people having first-hand experience and turning himself into a mediator. His recent works mostly focus on fantastically absurd situations which he encountered in daily life. A refugee astronaut, a dwarf security guard, a transvestite mermaid or an Olympic team consisting of heimatlos people appear in the moments when the artist forces the audience to face with the poignant realities that seem like imaginary.
Altındere’s works has been exhibited in many museums in solo and group exhibitions such as MoMa PS1, Centre Pompidou, MAXXI, MAK, CA2M, Les Abattoirs, and his works got into the collections of most of these museums. In addition to his exhibitions in institutions like Moderna Museet, Maat, ACC Gwangju, Secesssion, Mambo, Akademie der Künste, CCBB Rio, Andrew Kreps Gallery, n.b.k. Berlin, and Tensta Konsthall, the artist also attended most prestigious exhibitions such as Documenta and Manifesta, and important biennales such as Venice, Sao Paolo, Berlin, Istanbul, Sharjah and Gwangju.
Being also a curator and editor, Altındere edited the books “User’s Manual: Contemporary Art in Turkey, 1975-2015” with Süreyyya Evren, “101 Artworks: 40 years of Contemporary art in Turkey”, and “Contemporary Art of Turkey for Children” published by Yapı Kredi Publishing.
Altındere represented by PILOT Gallery, Istanbul.
Texts & Interviews
Art-ist Books (2007 – 2015)
(Art-ist book series edited with Sureyyya Evren)
Im am Bad, and I am Proud, 2002.(1 September- 30 October 2002), Refika, Istanbul.
I Am To Sad Too Kill You, 2003.(10 July – 16 August 2003), Proje 4L, Istanbul
Free Kick, 2005.(15 September – 30 October 2005), Antrepo 5, Istanbu
Be Realist, Demand the Impossible, 2007.(19 October – 17 December 2007), Karşı Sanat, Istanbul.
Whem Ideas Becomes Crime, 2010.(1 September – 10 October 2010), Depo, Istanbul.