Erkan Özgen at 15th Sharjah Biennial (07/02/2023)

Erkan Özgen’s video project Natur Mord is at the 15th Sharjah Biennial titled Thinking Historically in the Present. Conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor and curated by Hoor al Quasimi, the 30th anniversary of the biennial takes place between 7 February and 6 June 2023. Hoor Al Qasimi interprets and re-envisions the titular proposal by the late thinker to critically center the past within the contemporary moment. Al Qasimi develops the concept of ‘thinking historically in the present’ by adopting a working methodology that privileges the role of intuition and incidence. 

Özgen aims to convey the practices of exploitation of nature and shared living spaces as the result of humans' utilitarian approaches through a visual presentation. He wants to reflect on the crisis and sense of chaos caused by the climate crisis and ecological destruction affecting all living things.

Image: Erkan Özgen, Natur Mord, 2023, Sharjah Biennial 15