Balkon #3
Paul Sochacki & Derya Yıldırım

Dec 7th 2019, 6 PM – 9 PM

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– Catalogue launch and live music –

Paul Sochacki's catalogue Gurbet was published on the occasion of the same-titled exhibition at Leopold-Hoesch-Museum Düren (2018). Gurbet is the Turkish word for “absence from home” or “foreign land.” For Paul Sochacki painting is only one of many ways to free the artistic gesture, the work and the institutions of art from their false exoticizations, instead he refers back to the social entity. In seemingly naïve imagery, the works, in which numerous opposites clash, pointing to the fault lines and contradictions of our present, sometimes ironically, sometimes provocatively. Sochacki, who plays with social and artistic discourses in his melancholic visual inventions, repeatedly lures the viewer into the trap of their own expectations shaped by clichés.
Sochacki is one of the founding members and publisher of the magazine Arts of the Working Class, which is sold by people in precarious and vulnerable situations.

Derya Yıldırım has been at the cutting edge of the Turkish-European crossover for some years. The singer and multi-instrumentalist started learning bağlama as a child. From 2013 to 2016, she studied at the Hamburg Musikhochschule and continued her studies under Taner Akyol at the Berlin University of the Arts. As a female voice she is adding to the tradition of Gurbet Türküleri – a folk music genre which was significantly influenced by the recruitment of Turkish workers by the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1960s – as well as the long tradition of Aşık, a form of oral folk poetry, which has been performed by nomadic singers and poets since the 16th century. Yıldırım is constantly rearranging the rich tradition of Turkish folk poetry, leading it into the future without losing consciousness of the past.
Derya is also part of the band Grup Şimşek, mostly playing Anatalian folk combined with psychedelic rock, jazz and funk. Their second record Kar Yağar was released in May 2019.

Edition by Paul Sochacki:
45,5 x 30,5 cm
Ed. of 5 + 2AP
100 €

Paul Sochacki
Published by Strzelecki Books
div. languages
20 € / students & social benefit receivers 10 €