Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Artist Talk by Meriç Algün Ringborg

Skärmavbild 2016-12-06 kl. 10.46.49

Souvenirs for the Landlocked, 2015. Mixed-media installation, dimensions variable. Photo: Gerhard Kassner. Exhibition view: ‘All the World’s Futures’, 56th Venice Biennale

Meriç Algün Ringborg was born 1983 in Istanbul, Turkey and currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. The contrasting differences between the make-up of both cities – Istanbul and Stockholm – particularly socially and politically, as well as her movement between the two, play a key role in her practice. Permeating through a variety of media, Algün Ringborg’s work is conceptual, formal and austere in appearance and her approach meticulous, method-driven and taxonomical. She often identifies particular contexts and works within set parameters, rooted in order and control, to reveal and punctuate relations between elements of complex structures.

Her multifaceted work concentrates on issues of identity, borders, bureaucracy, language and mobility through appropriated and ‘ready-made’ texts, dictionaries and archives. Whether binding all the visa application forms in the world into an encyclopedic book, or making a dictionary with all the common words between Swedish and Turkish languages, she negotiates being a stranger who crosses physical and imaginary terrains by directly reflecting her own experience of migrating over cultural, linguistic and bureaucratic borders. Writing and literature also play a significant role in Algün Ringborg’s practice. In her ongoing The Library of Unborrowed Books, she exposes the unseen and the overlooked by setting up a temporary library with books that have never been borrowed from an existing library. As well as, in her most recent body of work A Work of Fiction, she explores the identity of an author by subjecting herself to strict, self-inflicted rules for creation, such as writing by only using sample phrases from the Oxford English Dictionary.

Selected solo exhibitions include ‘Becoming European’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); ‘A Work of Fiction (Revisited)’, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin (2014); ‘Metatext’, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013); ‘The Library of Unborrowed Books’, Art in General, New York (2013) and ‘Line No.2 (Holy Bible)’, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2012). She has participated in group exhibitions such as ‘A Thousand Doors’, a collaboration between Whitechapel Gallery and Neon Foundation at The Gennadius Library, Athens (2014); ‘Leaving to Return’, 12th Cuenca Biennial (2014); ‘You Imagine What You Desire’, 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); ‘Sequences VI’, real time art festival, Reykjavík (2013); ‘When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes,’ CCA Wattis, San Francisco and MoCA, Detroit (2012&13) and ‘Untitled’ (12th Istanbul Biennial) (2011).

Her work has been featured in numerous publications such as ArtReview, Frieze, Mousse, Glänta and The Paris Review amongst others. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University, Istanbul (2007) and an MFA from The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2012)

When: 9 December 15:00-17:00 
Where: Royal Institute of Art, Skeppsholmen. Lecture hall, 4th floor