Can Altay is an artist living in Istanbul. He investigates the functions, meaning, organization and reconfigurations of public space. His ‘settings’ provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. His work traverses sculpture, photography and installation, and is staged and manifested through the spaces, exhibitions and publications he produces.
Altay has had solo exhibitions at Arcade, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2011), The Showroom, London (2010), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008), Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2006) and Spike Island, Bristol (2007). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Marrakech, Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Artists Space (New York), and SALT (Istanbul). His public projects include: “Inner Space Station” (NewYork, 2013); “Distributed” (London, 2012); “The Church Street Partners’ Gazette” (London, 2010-13) and “PARK: bir ihtimal” (Istanbul, 2010). Altay is the editor of Ahali: an anthology for setting a setting, 2013 published by Bedford Press, AA Publications, London.
Can Altay, Another Empty Pedestal: after similar skids from recent pasts, 2010. Setting with concrete Lotus Leaf sculpture from the evicted Vietnamese Community Centre, Warsaw. Installation view. Courtesy Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw and Arcade, London.