Nevin Aladağ

'Refraction'

Nevin Aladağ’s major new site-specific commission for the SCAD Museum of Art includes her largest works to date, expanding on her Social Fabric and Pattern Kinship series. The artist’s Social Fabric works connect disparate pieces of carpet from around the world into complex collages of amalgamated hybrid forms. Her Pattern Kinship works are composed of overlapping laser-cut plexiglass layers, juxtaposing a wide array of architectural motifs and ornamentation styles including various patterns referencing Savannah’s historic buildings. In both series, the artist’s animated use of line, color, and diverse sources reflects a playful exploration of hybridity and belonging as an expression of her experiences as an immigrant. Aladağ’s inclusive, optimistic approach to art-making demonstrates how objects from different cultures and geographical origins can be united to create a collective sense of vibrancy, beauty, and meaning for us all.

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Nevin Aladağ, "Social Fabric, Arch," 2023, carpet pieces on wood, four parts: 10 ft., 3 in. tall x 8 ft., 10 7/8 in. wide overall. Courtesy of the artist, Wentrup, Berlin, and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna. Photo by Paul Bendau.

About the artist

Nevin Aladağ (b. 1972, Van, Turkey) has participated in prestigious global showcases including documenta 14 (2017), the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), the Sharjah Biennial (2013), the Ruhrtriennale (2016), the XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara (2010), the 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009), and the 8th Taipei Biennial (2008), among others. Her works have been shown internationally in various solo exhibitions at venues such as Kurpark, Baden-Baden, Germany; Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna; Barakat Contemporary, Seoul; Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany; Hayward Gallery, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany; the Albertinum, Dresden, Germany; Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Art Space Pythagorion, Samos, Greece; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; and Arter Istanbul, among others. Aladağ’s work has also been featured in group shows at Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Biennale Bregaglia, Vicosoprano, Switzerland; the Moody Center for the Arts, Houston; Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland; ArtScience Museum, Singapore; Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; The High Line, New York; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo.; Istanbul Modern; The Jewish Museum, New York; the Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, among others.

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Refraction is organized by SCAD Museum of Art chief curator Daniel S. Palmer.

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