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Gallery Collect opens its doors with Check-In as a curatorial experiment that goes beyond the form and concept of a traditional art exhibition for reacting to the powerful flux of Istanbul. Every week, in the main hall of the gallery, one artist is individually displayed in a solo show. At the same time, the other members of the Check-In’s artist list are represented in a sneak preview while they wait for their turn to execute their upcoming solo shows. Furthermore, after the first exhibition of e.g. Jorrras has ended, Kalina Dimitrova takes over the gallery space while works of Jorrras’ will remain on display in the Check-Out section of the exhibition. This spatial transition continues until the end of the whole show. So, a strong flow of artists and artworks characterizes Check-In as its past, present, and future are intermingled through the merge of various vernissages and finissages. In this sense, Check-In not only introduces Gallery Collect to the local art scene by presenting some of its artists, but also reflects Istanbul’s urban character as well as adapts to the dynamism within its cultural fabric.

Check-In (4) presents works by Kalina Dimitrova, who was born in 1975 in Gabrovo. After graduating from the department of Mural Painting at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, she still lives and works in the Bulgarian capital. The artist’s oeuvre consists of photography, sculpture, objects, and installations. Dimitrova often visualizes existential matters of human civilization through the realistic depiction of everyday objects. While in some series, she critically views them from alternative perspectives, in other work groups, she creates objects that contain the residue of human relations from our near or distant past.


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