Sarah Browne Talk

Keila Alaver, Foz do Areia, 2003
Screen print on glass (detail)

international residency program presents

Tuesday, November 22, 6:30 pm

Current apexart resident Keila Alaver (artist, São Paulo) in dialogue with New York artist Hakan Topal, discussing issues of translation in the context of Alaver's work.

Keila Alaver is an artist (born 1970, Santo Antônio da Platina, Brazil) currently based in São Paulo. She was raised in Santo Antônio da Platina in the state of Paraná is in the south of Brazil. When she was 9 years old, she moved to Londrina, where she spent her adolescence enjoying the tranquility of the rural surroundings. Due to the demands of a future career, as with a lot of young Brasilians from the countryside, she made the inevitable move to a large city, and in 1996 graduated from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP), São Paulo in visual arts. The collision between her rural past and the new metropolitan art-world reality determined the beginning of her career and still echoes in many moments of her work. Her production moves through different techniques: painting, sculture, photography, silk screen, but there is no chronological rigidity in her use of media. Ms. Alaver is currently working in the Education Department for the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) and is represented by Galeria Luisa Strina in Brazil.

Hakan Topal (Born 1972, Türkiye) lives and works in New York. Studied Civil Engineering (BS) and Gender and Women Studies (MS) at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Worked as a specialist at Media Lab, Audio Visual Research Center, METU, where he realized a number of video and digital works. Also worked as a freelance web designer/programmer in New York in late 1990's. He is currently New Media Projects Manager at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. He made photo-essays, installations, performances and video films and held solo shows and group exhibitions.
He is one of the core members of xurban_collective. Xurban is dedicated to art and politics and it is currently situated mainly in New York and Istanbul, realized site-specific installations with online components, as well as works that are realized specifically for viewing on the Internet. (

* Fernanda Steinmann will assist in the evening's Portuguese-English translation

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