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Canan Batur

MA work


#DoingItInPublic aims to raise awareness, contribute to, and prompt a discussion about the post-industrial society. The focus is a specific socio-economic and geographical context around Vauxhall and Nine Elms, the biggest development site in Europe, and will question what ‘public art’ can be. The concept of public art is changing and our aim is to bring a version of it into the gallery. ‘Doing it in Public’ will conceptually engage with what is public and private in a time when public space in London is rapidly diminishing. Therefore, exhibiting an artist’s work inside a public gallery is challenging what public art can be.



Wednesday 3 May 2017, 6-8 pm:
Performative lecture by Jakob Rowlinson
Performance by Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka

Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 May:
Exhibition open from 11am and until 5pm
Performances by Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka at the beginning and end of each day

Saturday 6 May, 4-5.30 pm:
Panel discussion with Jes Fernie, Helen Nisbet and Liza Fior.

Saturday 6 May, 6-7.30 pm:
Closing reception
Performative lecture by Jakob Rowlinson
Performance by Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2017

  • Dissertation Title: Museums in a Time of Crisis: L’Internationale as a model of Resistance


    My understanding of curating can be described in several ways; artist focused, audience driven, attentive to politics and representation, and based on care. I am enthused by the potential of the curatorial to open up new ways of dealing with one’s own position while empowering dialogues, prioritizing urgencies and reflecting ways of dealing between independent research and institutional responsibility, between innovative ways of distributing the knowledge and collective form of production.

    My interests, during my time in CCA, have shifted from stems of the causal relationship between technology and human nature, to the act of working closely with artists and providing them the necessary direction, whilst still responding to the urgencies and absorbing the surrounding conditions to change what we have into what we want. Art, in my perspective, has an invisible social contract with its public, from being mirror of life itself to reshaping the imaginary of life.

    My projects within the period of my studies at RCA demonstrate these interests. My graduate project, titled #DoingItinPublic, developed through questioning of the idea of public while thinking on conditions aroused with the diminishing of public spaces, which is especially undergoing extremely in London, and regarding on where the notion of public art lies. This project sought to manipulate conventional understanding of public art and the idea of public in general by commissioning two performances as public art - which also focuses on the ephemerality of - and commissioning it within a semi-commercial, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall. I curated a project titled "Off to Mahagonny" in which I was also focusing on disparities between communities and the intense gentrification is being experience in Rye Lane, Peckham. Whilst the show itself was done for the original community located there, the main audience was the local producers and buyers in the area.

    During my studies at RCA, I have established a project space called, which is mainly focusing on emerging artists and giving them a budget, curatorial support, accommodation and studio space. clearview is a contemporary art project with its base on Fountayne Road, Tottenham (Haringey, North London). clearview is a residency program, a project space, a series of events and a collective, dedicated to the vision of invited practitioners.

    Recent shows:


    Josefina Nelimarkka ‘ yonder X return’

    Jakob Rowlinson ‘Dissecting the Archive’

    Raphael Moreira Gonçalves ‘AND SEE THE LAND WHERE CORALS LIE…’

    Teddy May de Kock ‘ Duets’

    Jala Wahid ‘Shahmaran’

    Thomas Hamen ‘Let your Animation Run Wild’

  • Experience

  • Chisenhale Gallery; Cell Project Space; The Moving Museum; Istanbul Modern Museum
  • Conferences

  • Fotograf Bulusmaları, Studio X