The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV) announced earlier today that artist, musician, and academic Cevdet Erek will represent Turkey at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Erek’s work builds on his interest in architecture and sound design through the creation of site-specific immersive environments that seek to challenge perceptions of space and time. He’s called his series of studies “A Room of Rhythms.”
Born in Istanbul, Erek created his first installation in 2012 for Documenta 13. Since then, “A Room of Rhythms” has appeared in various forms at several international festivals including last year’s 14th Istanbul Biennial and this past March on Cockatoo Island for the Biennale of Sydney. When Erek isn’t creating his art or teaching, he plays drums for a Turkish prog-rock and metal band called Nekropsi.
Erek’s production and curatorial team for his Venice installation have yet to be selected.