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:MENTALKLINIK IS A BRUSSELS-BASED ARTIST DUO FROM ISTANBUL COMPOSED OF
YASEMIN BAYDAR & BIROL DEMIR WHO BEGAN THEIR COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE IN 1998.

:mentalKLINIK strides with undisguised dexterity the invisible political strategies and the social dynamics by ultra-contemporary devices of an apparent lightness. Like a discoball, :mentalKLINIK shows are a selection of their multifaceted approach on their universe. Resisting to the limitations of a single vocabulary or style, their world is a playful one full of hedonistic appeal which can be experienced as festive and glamourous but also surprising as one approaches to discover with a closer view an underlying violence suggestive of a bad trip after party or a creepy beginning of the end. Their works shift between emotional and robotic attitudes. Artist duo reclaim the sparkling and authoritative visual language of the media and night spheres in a climate of sensory hyperstimulation engendered by multiple neons, slogans, light beams, mirror balls and confetti while playing with our unanimous attraction to objects glittering and seductive. It is all the work of encryption to which they summon us, between the true and the false, the artificial and the superficial, as if everything were a case of falsification.

:mentalKLINIK has a reactionary, open laboratory approach to process, production, roles, conception and presentation. Their works are a mix of oxymora and paradoxes, darkly humorous, self-contained range from immersive time based installations to sculptures and objects that thwart categorisation.

:mentalKLINIK’s experimental approach has been praised on numerous international exhibitions including Bitter Medicine#01 (Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade ), ‘FreshCut’ (MAK, Vienna_ Austrian Museum of applied Arts / Contemporary Art) and ‘Co-operation Would be Highly Appreciated’ Exhibition at SCAD Museum GA, USA. They have participated in numerous international exhibitions including Istanbul Modern-Rotterdam at Boijmans van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam, 2012); Izmir Triennial of Contemporary Art (Izmir, 2010); and Tomorrow, Now (MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2007). They opened an introspective at La Patinoire Royale, Brussels curated by Jerome Sans in 2018. They have had two major solo shows at Galerist, Istanbul titled That’s Fucking Awesome curated by Jerome Sans (2011) and rABBIThOLE (2009); and a solo show at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Thank You For your Cooperation (2014), a solo show in Belgrade in 2018 titled ‘Catastrophically Gorgeous’ at Eugster II Belgrade, curated by Yasmina Reggad.



:mentalKLINIK

Founded in 1998
:mentalKLINIK is an artist duo
Yasemin Baydar&Birol Demir live and work in Brussels and Istanbul

Education
Yasemin Baydar (Istanbul, Turkey)
1990-2002 Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul / Turkey

Birol Demir (Ankara, Turkey)

1986-1990 Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul / Turkey


EXHIBITIONS

2020

VER VERSUS VER, Group Show at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain

BITTER MEDICINE #01, Solo Show, 7/24 Live Stream at Museum Of Contemporary Art In Belgrade (Mocab), Belgrade, Serbia

HERE WE REACH ALL THE DREAMS OF THE WORLD, Group Show, Project by Joel Andrianomearisoa, HAKANTO CONTEMPORARY, Antananarivo, Madagascar


2019

ALMOST HOME, Group Show, Project by Joel Andrianomearisoa, RX Gallery, Paris France

RACING THE GALAXY, Group Show, ASTANA ART SHOW, Curated by Jerome Sans & Dina Baitassova, Astana, Kazakhstan

ELDORAMA, Group Show at Tripostal, Curated by Jerome Sans, Jean–Max Colard and Isabelle Bernini, Lille, France

GOLDEN ROOM, Group Show at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Curated by Jerome Sans, Jean – Max Colard and Isabelle Bernini, Lille, France

SUNDAY MORNING, Group Show, at Galerist, Curated by Nicole O’Rourke, Istanbul, Turkey

2018

THE THIRTIETH YEAR, Group Show at Krizinger Projekte, Curated by Jerome Sans, Wien Austria

CATASTROPHICALLY GORGEOUS
, Solo Show at Eugster II Belgrad, Curated by Yasmina Reggad, Belgrade, Serbia

OBNOXIOUSLY HAPPY, Solo Show, at La Patinoire Royale, Curated by Jerome Sans, Brussels, Belgium

EVOLVE, Group Show at Galery A, Curated by Necmi Sonmez, Izmir, Turkey


2017

TRUISH, Solo Show at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, UAE

SELF-SEEKING SUPERFICIALS, Solo Show at Louise Alexander Porto Cevro, Italy

SUMMER IN THE CITY, Group Show at La Patinoire Royal, Brussels Belgium

GOOD PRINTING, Group Show at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Curated by Yasmina Reggad Dubai, UAE


2016

WHITE CUBE, Group Show at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Curated by Amanda Abi Khalil, Dubai, UAE


2015

83% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED, Solo Show at Louise Alexander, Porto Cevro, Italy

TIME AND IMAGE, Group Show at Greek Film Archive Museum, Curated by Christina Androulidaki, Athens, Greece

CO-OPERATION WOULD BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED, Solo Show at SCAD, Museum of Art Savannah, Curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, Savannah, Georgia USA


2014

ENTRE NOSOTROS (Between us), Video art from the Middle East and North Africa in a global World Etopia, at Centro de Arte y Tecnología, Curated by Sabrina Amrani, Zaragoza, Spain

PLURIVOCALITY, Group Show at İstanbul Modern, Curated by Levent Çalıkoğlu & Çelenk Bafra, İstanbul, Turkey

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION, Solo Show Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Dubai

ROCK THE CASBAH, Group Show with Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Design Miami, Basel


2013

MAGMAONTHEMOUNTAIN, Performative Dinner at İstanbul Modern, İstanbul, Turkey

FRESHCUT, Performative Installation / MAK NITE Lab @MAK Columned Main Hall MAK- Austria, Museum of applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Curator: Marlies Wirth


2012

ENCOUNTER, The Royal Academy In The Middle East, Curated by Kathy Battista, Katara Doha Qatar,

MAGMAONTHEMOUNTAIN, Performative Dinner, Paris, France,

TERRIBLY JOLLY, Real-time Sculpture, İstanbul, Turkey

HAPPILYDIZZY, Paris, France

İSTANBUL MODERN-ROTTERDAM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN MUSEUM, Group Show at Rotterdam, Netherlands


2011

THAT’S FUCKING AWESOME, Solo Show at Galerist Hasköy, Curated by Jerome Sans Istanbul, Turkey

B-34 KULTURK Group Show at Freie University, Berlin Germany

30 ET PRESQUE-SONGES, Group Show at Maison Revue Noire, Curated by Joel Andreanomearisoa, Paris, France

DREAMS OF ART SPACES COLLECTED, Group Show at IGBK, Berlin, Germany


2010

SILENCE_STORM, Port İzmir2, International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Curated by Necmi Sonmez, İzmir, Turkey

FROM İSTANBUL THEY COME, Group Show at Kappatos Gallery, Curated by Eleftheria Tseliou

Athens, Greece


2009

A SURVEY OF TURKISH ART, Group Show at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai

RABBITHTOLE, Solo Show at Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey

PUFF, Solo Presentation, Art Basel 40, Art Unlimited Basel, Switzerland

TAGCLOUD, Solo Show at :mentalKLINIK Space, Istanbul, Turkey


2008

TAGCLOUD, Solo Show at :mentalKLINIK Space, Istanbul, Turkey


2007

BINARYOCCUPATIONS PHASE1. SURFACE, Solo Show at :mentalKLINIK Space, Istanbul, Turkey

CONVERTED01, X-CUBE© locker, Curated by Eric van Hove, Tokyo, Japan

GIVE JOEL A GIFT, YOU WILL BE GIFTED, 30 and Almost-Dreams Exhibition, Curated by Joel Andreanomearisoa, Antanarivo, Madagascar

FROZEN45, Tomorrow Now Exhibition, Group Show at MUDAM (Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean), Curated by Alexandra Midal & Bjorn Dahlström, Luxembourg

2004

~SELF01, Curated by Marie-Claude Beaud, Luxembourg, MUDAM, Luxembourg (Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean),

2003

[COPY], Curated by :mentalKLINIK at :mentalKLINIK Space, Istanbul, Turkey


2001-2002

{GAME}, Curated by :mentalKLINIK at :mentalKLINIK, Istanbul, Turkey


2000

(SLEEP), Curated by :mentalKLINIK at :mentalKLINIK Space, Istanbul, Turkey

:mentalKLINIK opened its own space at Nisantasi, İstanbul

1998
:mentalKLINIK is founded by Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir

Yasemin Baydar

1997 KARANFiLKÖY, RIGHT TO SHELTER, Kültür Group, 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Curated by Rosa Martinez, İstanbul, Turkey

1996 A GENDER PROJECT FROM İSTANBUL, Kültür Group, Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland

1994-1995 Co-Founder of Artist Run Space ‘DEVLET HAN’

1994 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS, Painting and Sculpture Museum, İstanbul, Turkey

1993 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS, Painting and Sculpture Museum, İstanbul, Turkey


Birol Demir

1994-1995 Co-Founder of Artist Run Space ‘DEVLET HAN’

1993 Group Show at Urart Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

1992 Group Show at Urart Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

1991 San-Art Exhibition, Ankara, Turkey

1991 Group Show at Maçka Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

1991, Solo Show at Urart Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

1990, Solo Show at Çanakkale Gallery, İstanbul, Turkey

TEACHING/LECTURING/RECIDENCY


2018-2019

OBSCURE OBJECT, Workshop with Carl de Smet at Khalifa University, Art&Technology, Abu Dhabi

DOUBLE TROUBLE, Workshop at La Cambre with Nathalie Khan, Pierre Daras, Didier Vervaeren, Brussels, Belgium


2017

Recidency at Performance Hub Belgrade Serbia


2015


Panel discussion with Scott Carter, :mentalKLINIK and Nari Ward moderated by Paul Lester. SCAD Museum of Art Savannah Georgia USA

Lecture Series, SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia USA

2009

OBSCURE OBJECT, Workshop, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris, France Undisciplined State of Mind, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris, France

PRESENT FUTURE, Panel discussion with Tül Akbal Süalp moderated by Fatoş Üstek at Tent, Rotterdam, Netherlands


2008

UNDISCIPLINED DESIGNING; the Theory and Practice of :mentalKLINIK, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

WORKSHOP at DAI-Week with Barbara Visser, directed by Gabrielle Schleijpen, Dutch Art Institute, Enschede, Netherlands

ÇAĞDAŞ SANAT KONUŞMALARI 2, Çağdaş Sanatta Sivil Oluşumlar ve İnisiyatifler, panel discussion with Tül Akbal Süalp moderated by Levent Çalıkoğlu at Yapi Kredi Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey


2008

NON-DETAIL, Panel at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

NON-DETAIL – WORKSHOP with Bas van Beek at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

BiR ÇALIŞMA BİÇİMİ OLARAK TASARIM, Moderated by Levent Çalıkoğlu İstanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey

GÜNCEL SANAT TARTIŞMALARI: Bağımsız Bünyeler, Panel discussion with Hazavuzu, Moderated by Seçil Yersel. Project by Azra Tüzünoğlu at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey


2007

:MENTALKLINIK STATEMENT, Dreams Of Art Spaces Collected, The International Gesellschaft Der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) in co-operation with Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin, Germany

2004

CHAT AT MUDAM, Camp de Base, Musée D’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean / Luxembourg

PUBLICATIONS / BIBLIOGRAPHY


OBNOXIOUSLY HAPPY, 2018 ISBN 978-2-930737-19-5
Interview by Jerome Sans, Published by La Patinoire Royale

The Thirtieth Year, 2018
Published by Krinzinger Projekte

Şiir Her Yerdedir, İLHAN BERK 100 Yaşında, 2018
Edited by Necmi Sönmez, ISBN: 978-975-08-4372-3
Pubished by Yapı Kredi Yayınları

Plurivocality, 2014, by Levent Çalıkoğlu and Çelenk Bafra
Pubished by Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Istanbul

83% Satisfaction Guaranteed, 2015
Designed by :mentalKLINIK,
Published by Louise Alexander Gallery

Çocuklar İçin Türkiye Güncel Sanati isbn: 978-9750826238
Editor: Halil Altındere, Süreyya Evren, Date Of Publication 2013 Published by Yapı Kredi Yayınları

That’s Fucking Awesome, 2012 ISBN: 978-97592510-9-3
Interview by Jerome Sans, Designed by :mentalKLINIK,
156 Pages, Istanbul, 19,5 x 26cm
Published by GALERIST

User’s Manuel, Contemporary Art In Turkey 1986-2006 isbn: 978-3-86588-392-6
Editor: Halil Altındere, Süreyya Evren, September 2007 Published by Art-ist + Revolver Books

User’s Manuel, Contemporary Art In Turkey 1975-2015 isbn: 978-3-86588-423-7
Editor: Halil Altındere, Süreyya Evren, September 2007 Published by Art-ist + Revolver Books

(uyku) sleep isbn: 9758614002
Editor: Birhan Keskin Design: Didem Ateş Photography: Ömer Kokal Illustration: Kazumi Yamomoto Takaya Colour Seperation: Grafik Film Printing: Ohan Matbaacilik Printing Date: May, 2001 Published by :mentalKLINIK

{oyun} game isbn: 9758614010
Editor: Tül Akbal Süalp Design: Ulaş Eryavuz & :mentalKLINIK Authors: Tül Akbal, Ayşetül Demirbaş, Haziran Düzkan, Ömer Süalp, Gökçe Algan, Meral Özbek, Ali Akay, Zerrin Yanikkaya, Nurçay Türkoğlu, Fuat Erman, Süheyla Kirca, Selim Eyüpoğlu, Burçak Madran, Selahattin Özpalabiyiklar, Birhan Keskin, Marsel, Ethem Özgüven, Melis Zararsiz, Enelmare Printing: Stil Matbaacılık Date Of Publication: May, 2002 Published by :mentalKLINIK

[kopya] copy //unpublished
Editor: Ali Akay Design: :mentalKLINIK Authors: Ali Akay, Giray Pultar, Pelin Çayirlioğlu, Olcay Akyildiz,Serkan Özkaya,Melih Başaran, Nermin Saybaşlı, Levent Çalıkoğlu, Jan Hein, Selahattin Özpalabiyiklar, Murat Odabaşı, Ethem Eldem

self 01
Editor: Birhan Keskin Design: :mentalKLINIK Date Of Publication: September, 2004
Published by MUDAM, Luxembourg (Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean)

Wanting Book Odd Notebook isbn: 9758614029
Authors: Birhan Keskin, Özen Yula, Tül Akbal Süalp Translation:Liz Amado (Eng), Esra Özdoğan (Fr) Design: :mentalKLINIK Graphic Operator: Esra Atila Printing: Ofset Yapimevi Date Of Publication: October, 2004 Published by MUDAM, Luxembourg (Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean),


Contents isbn: 9758614037
Project: Yasemin Baydar, Birol Demir Photography: Ahmet Elhan Editor: Tül Akbal Süalp Research: Eren Pultar Translation: Esra Özdoğan, Cem Akaş Design: :mentalKLINIK Graphic Operator: Esra Atila Printing: Ofset Yapimevi Date of Publication: October, 2004 Published by MUDAM, Luxembourg (Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean),

Çağdaş Sanat Konuşmaları 2 isbn: 978-975-08-1178-4

Çağdaş Sanatta Sivil Oluşumlar ve İnisiyatifler

Category:Art Editor: Levent Çalkoğlu Published by Yapı Kredi Yayınları

Sanatın ve Sosyolojinin Ruh Hali
Author: Ali Akay Category Theoria-2 Publisher: Bağlam Yayıncılık

Musée D’art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean 2000-2004 ALMANACH isbn: 2-919923-01-3
Director : Marie-Claude Beaud Date of Publication: October, 2004 Published by Foundation Musée D’art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Luxembourg

5. International İstanbul Biennial, On Life, beauty, Translations and Other Difficulties
isbn: 975-7363-03-0
Curator: Rosa Martinez Editor: Emre Baykal Date of Publication:1997
Published by İstanbul Foundation For Culture And Arts

+++5. International İstanbul Biennial, On Life, beauty, Translations and Other Difficulties
isbn: 975-7363-03-0
Curator: Rosa Martinez Editor: Emre Baykal Date of Publication:1997
Published by İstanbul Foundation For Culture And Arts

Kültür ein Gender - Projekt aus İstanbul isbn: 3-907829-06-9
Curator: Ursula Biemann Category: Kunst-Feminismus-Migration Date of Publication:1997 Published by Shedhalle Zürich, Die Autorinnen

docu:mentalKLINIK issues

:mentalKLINIK duo has founded docu:mentalKLINIK in 2002 as a form of documentation.


Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.2, June, 2002, TENEZZUL (CONDESCENSION)
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.3, July, 2002, BELLEK (MEMORY)
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.4, August, 2002 HAL (STATE OF BEING)
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.5, September, 2002 DEFO (FLOW, DEFECT)
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.6, October, 2002 ALTÜST / TERSYÜZ (UPSIDE-DOWN / INSIDE-OUT)
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.7, November, 2002 SİMYA (ALCHEMY)
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.8, December, 2002 HİÇ (NOTHING)
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.9, January, 2003 REKLAM (ADVERTISEMENT))
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.10, February, 2003 SAVAŞ (WAR)
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.11, March, 2003 FOTOĞRAF (PHOTOGRAPHY)
Trendsetter, Vol.1, No.12, April, 2003 VİRÜS (VIRUS)
Trendsetter, Vol.2, No.1, May, 2003 BİRİKTİRMEK (TO COLLECT)
Trendsetter, Vol.2, No.2, June, 2003 ALKIŞLAMAK (TO APPLAUD)
Trendsetter, Vol.2, No.3, July, 2003 YELLENMEK (TO FAN)
Trendsetter, Vol.2, No.4, August, 2003 TASVİR (DESCRIPTION)
Trendsetter, Vol.2, No.5, September, 2003 SURET (APPEARENCE/COPY)
Trendsetter, Vol.2, No.6, October, 2003 INDEKS (INDEX)

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