MAM Project 019: Emre Hüner

Mori Art Museum

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The work of Emre Hüner (b. 1977, Istanbul) confronts us with questions of the state of civilized society and its future while acknowledging and analyzing facts grounded in the history of science, war, technology, medicine and so on, with the very titles of his work reflecting his grand themes, as highlighted in examples such as Panoptikon (2005), referring to Foucault’s metaphor of modern disciplinary societies, in which Hüner alludes to esotericism, history, uncertain empires and the relationship between humans and nature by presenting a society of mysterious life forms of his own making. In the video work Juggernaut (2009), he references symbols of modernity such as international expositions and the motor industry, using aeronautics and combat planes as motifs to suggest that advances in science and technology have ironically gone hand in hand with war. In Quixotic (2011), which describes things that are “tremendously unrealistic,” he expresses through a poetic installation work the wild-eyed dreams and experiments of humankind, taking up “Fordlandia,” the rubber plantation town built in the middle of the Amazon rainforest only to be abandoned.
This edition of MAM Project will present an installation of Hüner’s work, including above-mentioned Juggernaut along with newly developed pieces, prompting us to reconsider the direction of human civilization.


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Artist Talk (With Japanese/English Translation)
Speaker: Emre Hüner
Date: 21st September(Sat) 14:00-15:30
Venue: Mori Museum Gallery
Capacity: 80 participants
Admission: free (exhibition ticket required)
Reservation: Please apply apply via the Mori Museum website
[Image: Emre Hüner,”Juggernaut” (2009) Video 21min. 8sec.]

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from September 21, 2013 to January 13, 2014

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Emre Hüner

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