The new exhibition ‘But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa’ will run to 5 October 2016.
Ergin is Professor of Contemporary Art at Middlesex. His mixed-media installations explore ideas of mobility, place, non-place, borders, liminality and cultural production.
He is one of 15 artists represented in the exhibition, which showcases contemporary creative practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region’s diaspora.
The assembled works examine themes such as architecture, geometry, and the politics of migration throughout the Middle East and North Africa, as embodied by ‘But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise’, a 2010 work by Rokni Haerizadeh from which the exhibition draws its title.
Featuring Ergin's large-scale film, video and sound installation ‘Crystal & Flame’ 2010, and the site-specific anamorphic drawing installation ‘Dust Breeding’ 2011, the two pieces of work were recently acquired by the Guggenheim for their permanent collection.
Ergin has also written ‘The Atlas of Differences Intact: Ethnographic Dwellings in Contemporary Art from the MENA Region’ for the Guggenheim UBS Maps Blog.
He studied at The National School of Fine Arts 'Iliya Petrov', Sofia in the early 1980s. He went on to receive a BA from the University of Marmara, Istanbul, an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a PhD from University of Portsmouth.
Representing Turkey at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, he was shortlisted for the Beck's Futures Prize in 2004, and for Artes Mundi 4, the UK's biggest international contemporary art prize in 2010.
Ergin said: “I am absolutely delighted that two of my major installation works have entered the Solomon R. Guggenheim’s permanent collection.
“Furthermore my inclusion in the ‘But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise’ exhibition, which is curated by Sara Raza and currently on view in this iconic building in New York, will allow the audiences to engage with and experience the works over the next six months.”
It is the third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Following its presentation at the New York museum, the exhibition will travel to the Pera Museum in Istanbul in 2017.