The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

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Nevin Aladag

Nevin participated in the 2009 Jerusalem Show: Jerusalem Syndrome with The Man Who Jumped Over his Shadow (10 stickers) and Victory & Peace (flyers and pamphlets). 

The Man Who Jumped Over His Own Shadow is a series of 10 stills produced as stickers taken from the artist’s first video in 1999, a 9 min. video showing a break-dancer under a spotlight trying to jump in several different ways over his own shadow. This is a playful way to show the struggle of a person dealing very directly with his own persona. The conflict seems first unsolvable, but, after trying hard in so many ways, there is a calming down and acceptance instead of refusal. But the dialog never really ends. Nevin Aladag chose a B-Boy to express this idea, because break-dancing, influenced by various different modern and classic dance styles, is a very free way to communicate in a non-verbal way. Break-dancing was invented in the early 1970s in African-American and Puerto Rican communities in the South Bronx in New York City. This dance style has since also been adopted in Europe; it is often used as a communication tool in migrant communities.

Victory & Peace displays the symbols of Victory and of Peace made up of small model airplanes: both symbols are printed in a pattern on wallpaper, banners and on flyers. The flyers will be thrown out from windows and roofs of higher buildings over the City of Jerusalem. Spectators catching the flyers or picking them up from the ground will first see an oriental pattern, which seems very romantic and flowery. But after taking a closer look they will recognize the pattern of airplanes, like small weapons hidden behind a visual illusion. The stickers and the flyers stem from the tradition of spreading political information to the public without asking for permission; they also recall the idea of mass production intended to reach as many people as possible.

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Nevin Aladag, born in 1972 in Van (Turkey), has lived in Germany since she was one year old. A graduate of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, she now lives and works in Berlin.