Aslı Çavuşoğlu: The Place of Stone
September 18, 2018 - January 13, 2019
In her research-driven practice, Aslı Çavuşoğlu takes up questions of history and belief by examining objects, images, and cultural symbols that have endured over time. National identity and the mechanisms through which political projects are constructed are recurring concerns. Many of her works address narratives of the past and suppositions of the present through oral histories, archives, artifacts, and raw materials, such as those used for color pigments.
For her New Museum exhibition and residency, part of a partnership with the Istanbul-based SAHA Association, Çavuşoğlu expanded her research into the histories of lapis lazuli, a blue stone exported primarily from Afghan mines since the seventh century BC, creating a wall of fresco panels, an artistic form that has traditionally incorporated lapis pigment. Çavuşoğlu’s exhibition was also accompanied by a catalogue.