Born in Van (Turkey) in 1972, she studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, and currently lives and works in Berlin. The artist is interested in everyday forms, sounds, and activities, which she configures into unusual relationships and poetic forms of expression. Through removing function from everyday objects, she abstracts them to cultural, political, and gender-specific codes and values, whose effect she often tests in public space.

Jali, 2017

Ceramic, glazed
Installed ca. 250 × 1000 × 25 cm

Nevin Aladag’s work for the documenta 14 in Kassel is based on manifestations of light- and sight-permeable wall and window elements from diverse cultural areas. For them, the artist drew inspiration from forms she has encountered, combined them with patterns from various historical styles, and finally abstracted these styles to create geometric elements. These drawn forms provided the starting point for their production in ceramic tiles, which are stacked to create a screen-like wall. To realize this challenging project, a ceramics studio was set up at the Kunstgiesserei St.Gallen, which could be taken over afterward by an urn-making company in the Canton of Zurich. In a first step, a matrix was produced for each of the 9 six-sided, geometric forms, through which, the raw clay was pressed by a vacuum extruder. The shape of the “clay sausage” was stabilized in the process by means of a prefabricated six-sided wooden mold. The tiles were cut to the desired thickness with a thread, removed from the mold, laid out on a moisture-absorbing surface to dry, and the first corrections performed. The tiles were then fired over 3 days at 1200°C. In a next step, the pastel shades of glazing, which had been agreed on with the artist in advance, were applied and then fired in the kiln. The installed work Jali can be seen from June to September 2017 at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in the framework of the documenta 14 in Kassel.