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STAND IKM313-314
24-27 NOVEMBER 2011

THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTER (ICEC) - RUMELI HALL


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MATTHEW CORBIN BISHOP: THE HOUSE OF OSMAN

Matthew Corbin Bishop's work is concerned with the interconnecting worlds of geo-politics and history, in particular the mid-19th to mid-20th century and how this period has shaped global relations to this day. For Istanbul Contemporary, Corbin Bishop has created a body of work that stretches further back in time to the origins of the last great Muslim dynasty.

This Ottoman Dynasty shaped not only Turkey's history, but that of central and Eastern Europe (especially the states east of the Carpathian Mountains), North Africa, the Black Sea territories, Arabia, the Levant and Mesopotamia. Corbin Bishop’s The House of Osman is a series of paintings adapted from early 20th-century French postcards portraying the Ottoman Sultans.

The series records the power base of an Islamic Empire whose relationship to the predominantly Christian world around it was often based on factors other than its own policies. For example, the “Capitulations” were contracts between the Ottoman Empire and Christian European powers, in particular France. These contracts marked the start of a long relationship between the Ottoman Sultans and the West, and British policy continued to support the Ottoman Empire, if only as a buffer zone to Tsarist Russia, right until the creation of these postcards. But power was shifting in Europe: the German states had united, which culminated in the First World War. Governments changed rapidly and so did their policies towards the Sultans.

Matthew Corbin Bishop was born in England in 1984 and graduated in Fine Art from Bath Spa University in 2008. He is currently in a group show at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, curated by the sculptor Cornelia Parker. His work is in the Bath Spa University Collection and The Government Art Collection.

 

 
 
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