Köken Ergun (*1976 in Istanbul) is an artist who currently takes part at the goup show “Another Country/Eine andere Welt” at the ifa-Gallery in Stuttgart. In the series “Hier und Jetzt” at Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart, Ergun presents excerpts from the archive of B’Tselem, the Israeli center for human rights in the occupied territories. Since 2007 B’Tselem provided Palestinian families living in conflict areas with over 150 cameras. The excerpts reveal unexpected and personal moments.
Each week, the series “Hier und Jetzt” presents artists who live and work in Stuttgart. In talks, performances and discussions, the series aims to exhibit different approaches in various sections and disciplines to shape the scene of young artists in Stuttgart.
Parts of the event series are initiated in cooperation with Akademie Solitude. Curators: Michael Birchall, Axel. J. Wieder.
Köken Ergun studied drama and communications design in Istanbul and London. He works with director Robert Wilson and took part at various international exhibitions and film festivals. With his colleagues Clemens von Wedemeyer, Hito Steyerl, Yael Bartana and Guy Ben Ner, he founded the AFAVA (Artists’ Film and Video Association). Presently, he is finishing his doctor thesis at the Istanbul University and the Freie Universität in Berlin. He also teaches at the International Art Academy Palestine in Ramallah.