ALI, NINO AND THE NUMBERS
Westermeier is momentarily an artist-in-residence in Istanbul, where he has been taking photographs of the changing city during his many walks through the streets of Istanbul. These images are carefully selected and posted on Instagram and Tumblr as a visual journey around the city through the eyes of Westermeier. Besides his own photographed interpretation of Istanbul he is also drawn to the historical monuments and traditional (banned) imagery found in the museums of Istanbul. He is particularly interested in the German Archaeological Institute in Istanbul where he was fascinated by its extensive photo archive of black-and-white photographs of Turkey, its population, architecture and archaeological artefacts.
The title of the exhibition ‘Ali, Nino and the Numbers’ is a reference to the novel Ali and Nino (1937) by Kurban Said. Westermeier refers in his work often to literature as a way to understand the world around him. Ali and Nino is a novel about a romance between a Muslim boy and a Christian girl and the clash of the Western and the Eastern culture. The ‘Numbers’ in the title are a reference to the archives and the photographic work in the exhibition. The image-installations in the exhibition consist out of the historical black-and-white photographs taken from the German Archaeological Institute in combination with Westermeiers own photography.
Before he re-photographed images, where he made photographs of photographs while adding objects in the background or use sunlight to enhance the image. Recently he started to re-block his collected images and photographs. The re-blocking or layering of the images on top of each other forms a mosaic of images, which refer to the many images constantly surrounding us. In this exhibition he still works with different systems of display by hanging the photographs loosely on structures, putting them in archive boxes and placing them on different surfaces like marble pieces. In this sense Westermeier made his own archaeological collection and shows the construction and reception of images at the same time.
Julia Geerlings, 2014
ALI, NINO AND THE NUMBERS
Galerie van Gelder – AP ‘, Curated by Julia Geerlings
24 May – 25 June 2014, OPENING: Saturday 24th of May, 17.00 – 19.00
PERFORMANCE at 16.30 ‘Image Story, a conversation between images’
Installation view “Ali, Nino and the Numbers”,
85x112, print on mesh foil, Galerie van Gelder,
"Divan Halls“, 18x32 cm, Print on Granite,
"Debir Divan“, 45x25 cm, Print on Plaster,
“Palm Tree Divan”, 22x22 cm, print on plaster,
"Ali, Nino and the numbers“,20x30cm C-Print,
"Ahkjfail“, 105x140cm, Print on Meshfoil,
"Eadoznge“, 105x140cm, Print on Meshfoil,
"Jenadfhs“,105x140cm, Print on Meshfoil,
"Pvreagre“, 105x140cm, Print on Meshfoil,