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Framer Framed

2 Mar 2023
18:00 - 20:00

Opening: Scattered - Hidden Narratives Through Archives

We are pleased to invite you on the 2nd of March 2023 at 18:00 to the opening of the exhibition Scattered: Hidden Narratives Through Archives, an exhibition initiated by curator and researcher Nesli Gül. This exhibition looks into the interactions of visual artists from Turkey who settled in the Netherlands with the Dutch art scene, a little-known and undocumented part of the contemporary art history of the Netherlands.

The event is free and in English.

Scattered uncovers the lesser-known and unknown narratives of artistic expressions, the critical perspectives behind the artistic practices, and exhibitions outside of the Dutch mainstream art scene. It focuses on the participation and representation of artists, based on original materials from personal archives as well as institutional ones.

Scattered is part of the ongoing research project The Impact of Contemporary Artists, who moved from Turkey, on the Dutch Art Ecosystem initiated by Nesli Gül.

Using archival material, the exhibition investigates the shifting perspectives of artists and their connections to their own cultural heritage, their representation in society with ever-changing policies, and the influence of the Turkish diaspora on their artistic discourse. The main challenge facing the ongoing research project – addressed in the exhibition – is mainly scattered, fragmented, and “hard to reach” raw information. Selected posters, catalogues, invitations, brochures, postcards, booklets, newspaper clippings, correspondences with institutions, and artist documentaries reveal discussions on hot topic issues such as migration and identity politics.

Scattered looks out for a possibility of a polyphonic narrative for the art history of underrepresented artists. This exhibition is a response to artistic representation in contemporary art history beyond local context and constraints and contributes to a better understanding of the legacy of diasporic artists from Turkey and their interactions with the Dutch art ecosystem.

Curator, Researcher, and Initiator
Nesli Gül, of the project The Impact of Contemporary Artists who moved from Turkey on the Dutch Art Ecosystem

Participating Artists
Esma Yiğitoğlu, Servet Koçyiğit, Merve Kılıçer, Müge Yılmaz

Contributing Artists
Bülent Evren, Cihad Caner, Deniz Buga, Kubilay Mert Ural, Mustafa Şener, Nesrin During, Ulufer Çelik

Archives in the Exhibition
The archive of Bülent Evren, Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision – Beeld & Geluid, Stadsarchief Amsterdam

Collaborative Partner
The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision – Beeld & Geluid

Special Thanks to
Bülent Evren and Cüneyt Durukan

Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS, Amsterdam

Exhibition dates: 03 March – 16 April 2023

Opening times: Tue – Sun, 12:00-18:00 (Free entry)

Call for support for those affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria

On 6 February 2023, two powerful earthquakes of 7. 7 and 7. 5 magnitudes struck in Turkey and Syria, impacting 15 million people living in a vast region. As we mourn the loss of over 44,000 lives, winter conditions aggravate the situation of those who lost their homes and families amidst ongoing quakes.

During the exhibition, editions of a ‘Memory Game’ will be available to buy, with contributions by artists featured in the exhibition. All proceeds from the game will go to Artists in Solidarity NL, who are raising funds to support local grassroots organisations and initiatives that are working on the field in Turkey and Syria.

Listing government organizations and NGOs operating in the region, we would also like to share an updated list of reliable NGOs and artists’ initiatives edited by the SAHA team. You may find their info and bank details for donations in this file.

Research supported by
Mondriaan Fonds – Curator Beschouwer;the Netherlands Institute in Turkey

Exhibition supported by
SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey provided support for Nesli Gül

Diaspora / The living archive / Migration /


Exhibition: Scattered - Hidden Narratives through Archives

An exhibition featuring visual artists from Turkey who settled in the Netherlands and their presence in the Dutch Art Ecosystem


Ulufer Çelik


Nesrin During


Mustafa Şener


Kubilay Mert Ural


Deniz Buga


Cihad Caner


Bülent Evren

Artist and Advisor

Müge Yılmaz


Merve Kılıçer


Servet Koçyiğit


Esma Yiğitoğlu


Nesli Gül

Curator and Art Critic