Hounted by Faces
Portraits From Evliyagil Museum Collection

19.06. - 31.12.2021


Abidin Dino, Ali Elmacı, Anıl Saldıran, Asya Tok, Bedri Baykam, Burcu Perçin, Burhan Doğançay, Çınar Eslek, Eda Gecikmez, Ercan Akın, Erdal İnci, Ergin İnan, Ezgi Ecem Okşin, Fethi Arda, Feyhaman Duran, Gözde İlkin, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gülşah Bayraktar, Güneş Terkol, Haluk Akakçe, Hakan Gürsoytrak,  Hayati Misman, İbrahim Balaban, İnci Eviner, Kemal Önsoy, Levent Morgök, Mustafa Karasu, Necla Rüzgar, Rasin Arsebük, Roland Topor, Selim Cebeci, SENA, Semiha Berksoy, Tunca Subaşı, Ümmühan Yörük, Valerio Adami, Yüksel Arslan


Organic Relations Network
Özge Yalacak


ArtOda, where short-term exhibitions and projects are carried out within the body of Ankara Evliyagil Museum, has completed the fourth of the Alfa open call, which we hope will continue every year. The first solo exhibition of Özge Yalacak, who was chosen by the Alfa 2021 jury this year, "Organic Relations Network'' opens on Saturday, October 16th. ArtOda can be visited at Evliyagil Museum between 11:00-17:00 from Thursday to Sunday until 31 December 2021.

Özge Yalacak, in the Organic Relations Network exhibition; focuses on places where she has somehow partnered with her daily life and where she forged new bonds during the pandemic. It seeks a common experience and ways of cooperation from the perspective of artists and participants with other people who share these spaces. Making use of the interdisciplinary possibilities of art in her production, the artist re-examines the intersections of these possibilities with everyday life with her own conceptual art practice.

Özge Yalacak, born in Karabük on September 10, 1996, completed her undergraduate education in Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department in 2019. Yalacak, who is continuing her graduate education as a Painting major in Hacettepe University Fine Arts Faculty, has participated in many group exhibitions, including 2017 Contemporary Art: Experience in Art Symposium, Istanbul, 2018 Osman Zeki Oral Painting Competition Exhibition, Ereğli, 2018 ROTA: Career and Education in Art, Istanbul, 2018 Mail Art Competition Exhibition, Kars, 2019 Akbank 37th Contemporary Artists Award Exhibition, Istanbul, 2019 COMMA Group Exhibition, Istanbul, 2020 TOSCA Art&Design Video and Photography Exhibition, Ankara, 2021 La briciola squisita Online Experimental Drawing Exhibition. She has been granted awards for the 2018 Osman Zeki Oral Painting Competition, Promising Artist Award, 2018 ROTA Art Competition, Undergraduate Category Achievement Award, and 2019 Akbank 37th Contemporary Artists, Achievement Award.

In order to be a driving force for young artists in Ankara, Alfa exhibitions aim to hold the first exhibition of a young artist who has not held a solo exhibition before, in line with the decision of a jury formed by an artist, a collector, a curator, and an academician, on condition that it changes every year. People who continue their undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs in painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, graphic design departments of universities in Ankara or have completed their education in one of these programs can apply to the open call.

Alfa 2021 Jury

Burçak Bingöl Artist
Esra Aliçavuşoğlu Academician
Necmi Sönmez Curator
Azra Tüzünoğlu Gallery Director
Ömer Özyürek Collector

5 Artists & 5 Videos An Extensive Video Exhibition


Beral Madra

Evliyagil Dolapdere is preparing to host  5 Artists, 5 Videos, An Extensive Video Exhibition curated by Beral Madra between 04.10.2021-16.01.2022. With the video exhibition, Evliyagil Dolapdere Gallery aims to signify that video practice by artists is an effective tool and language within the transformations of art from the early productions in the late 60’s up to today’s Relational Aesthetics. 5 retrospectively selected pieces of each artist can be visited at Evliyagil Dolapdere between 04.10.2021-16.01.2022, Wednesday and Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00 in periods of two weeks.

Ferhat Özgür, Danielle Vallet Kleiner, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Gülçin Aksoy, Adrian Paci

"Maybe we have - malgré nous and without the video people being aware of it - invented an instrument with which one can philosophize at least as well as with the 26 letters."
Vilém Flusser

As long as the monopolizing influence of television invades every living room, video production of artists has been a valid practice in order to question the ongoing cultural assumptions and attitudes of the public related to global media and its hegemonic influence. Within today’s post-truth system it seemed essential to accentuate the meaning and value of video medium again as an effective tool to display the truth and its inevitable companion, the memory. In today’s art, video-art has played a crucial role in closing the gap between the Relational Aesthetics and the viewer, for not only being simply an unusual extension of TV that is an everyday wonder for the society of spectacle but also its flexibility, immediacy, and digital broadcasting facilities. Evidently, during the pandemic, the digital presentation became an essential source for information and cultural feedstuff.

From the beginning, loaded with social and political concerns, the artist's video art is designated to allow the viewer to achieve a certain critical gaze and intellectual resistance. Within the framework of electronic communication culture, the masses are conformed to seek diversion and entertainment more than concentration and determination. In the hands of the artists, video-medium has conducted the needs of the masses to the ultimatums of art such as exploration, inquiry, discovery towards the hard-to-reach truths. After almost 50 years of development, video art has entered the art scene in Turkey early 90's; the earliest examples were more experimental, perceptual, and documentary than art-theoretical. Later, when shooting and editing techniques become more sophisticated, complex layers of meaning, metaphors of vision, strategies of repetition, and illusionistic concerns have molded an effective language of artistic expression.   

In this exhibition, the gallery presents three aspects of today's video works. First, video works underline the fascination and seductiveness of electronic technology and how deeply it affects art production. Subsequently, even if it has paradoxes in its presence and substance, it also accentuates the power of technical image-making in juxtaposition to traditional representations. Finally, the presentation with a selection of videos from the corpus of artists' work aims to invite the viewer to a concentrated retrospective insight into their work.

Sarp Evliyagil Collection

The pieces in the Sarp Evliyagil Collection were first seen in the collection exhibition “Menzil” by M1886 gallery between May 24 – August 24, 2013. As Menzil’s name suggests, it must be seen as a moment of respite in the story and evolution of Evliyagil’s own art world. The exhibition took the works in Sarp Evliyagil’s collection down from under the lights of his family house and family company and placed them outside, under the spotlight and critical views; leading to another viewing, at a remove from the personal memories they conjured up, and a weighing-up of their merits. After this stage, the journey would speed up and the paths would shorten.

Three years after Menzil, the collection, now enhanced for the opening of the Evliyagil Museum, has been collected in the form of a book independent from the museum’s first exhibition “Anakara”. This book can be seen as the second stop on the journey of the works belonging to Sarp Evliyagil, which are dotted across the world’s museums, gallery exhibitions, artistic workshops, and of course the walls of his home. All these works have been brought together in order that others can add or be added to their journey. Hence, this is just the first page of both Evliyagil’s enormous atlas of history and an endless travelogue.

Evliyagil Museum

When we consider how collectors’ works are bought from exhibitions at galleries that last a few weeks, from fairs that last a few days, or from auctions in which everything is decided in a few minutes, we may become uncomfortable at how many works are spirited away after insufficient inspection to “private” spaces.

Sarp Evliyagil wanted to open his collection to everyone wishing to see these “unseeable” works, or, in other words, to “museumize” it.

Evliyagil Museum allows this public viewing through temporary exhibitions with different focuses from works selected among hundreds collected by Chairman of the Board of Ajanstürk Sarp Evliyagil, including, due to his occupational interests, many original series of prints, plus the enormous statues which set the collection apart.

Evliyagil Museum was conceived in 2008, and from its construction in 2014-2015 in “center far from the center” İncek, it has enriched art in Ankara with a three-floor 750 m2 exhibition area, statue garden, screening room and library.

Visiting Information

Evliyagil Museum

Şevket Evliyagil Sokak No: 1
İncek / Ankara / Turkey

t +90 312 460 11 06

Visiting days and hours:
Thursday to Sunday
11.00 - 17.00

Admission is free.

Media Sponsor

Evliyagil Dolapdere

Serdar Ömer Paşa Caddesi No: 11
Beyoğlu / İstanbul


Visiting days and hours:
Wednesday to Sunday
11.00 - 17.00

Admission is free.