Banu Cennetoglu was born in 1970 in Ankara; lives and works in Istanbul. Cennetoglu works with photography, installation and printed media. Her research explores areas of socio-political uncertainty and documentation of such uncertainty as well as the questioning of the ability of the photographic medium to document. After a BA in psychology, she pursued her studies in Photography in Paris. Cennetoglu lived in New York (1996 to 2002) and in Amsterdam (2002-2004) where she has been a guest artist at the Rijksakademie, before moving back to Istanbul in 2006. Here, in the same year, she founded BAS, a space focusing on artist books and other printed media works. Among the recent exhibtions her work was included are Geographies of the invisible / Max Museo, 5th Berlin Biennial, 10th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Athens Biennial, Brave New Worlds / La Coleccion Jumex and Walker Art Center, and Wherever You Go / San Fransisco Art Institute.
Pavilion of Turkey 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia
Only by recognizing lapses do we realize our ability to restructure memory. Today, visual archives from the media form our collective memory. Is it possible to reveal diverse memory formations conceivable through lapses?
The "Lapses" project, developed for the Pavilion of Turkey, consists of projects that demonstrate how the perception of "occurring events" can vary and lead to the differing narrations of history because of lapses in collective memory. The project has been realized through works by two artists: Banu Cennetoglu's "CATALOG" and Ahmet ÷gŁt's "Exploded City". Both projects reveal the possibility for diverse memory formations or diverse narratives, conceivable through lapses.
The project is accompanied by a book series of three volumes: the first volume which is edited by Basak Senova explores the conceptual framework, the process and the spatial design; the second volume, edited by Jalal Toufic, functions as the source, inspiration, reference for the entire project, consisting of philosophical articles; and the third volume, edited by Basak Senova, discuses "lapses" through four case studies. The book series was designed by Eray Makal, 12punto.
The books are available for sale at Mondadori Electa bookshops at Giardini and Corderie dell'Arsenale.
The "Lapses" project is realized under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the contribution of Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry.