„“  - Mohammed Kazem & Ekrem Yalcindag


On Saturday the 25th of September 2021, STUDIOSPACE Lange Strasse 31 will presented works by artists

Mohammed Kazem and Ekrem Yalcindag.

Texts written by Angelica Horn are in process.

“Repetition and variation are at the core of both Kazem’s and Yalcindag’s practice, just like their first approach to painting through the aestatic exploration of the Impressionism French masters. The negotiation of an undeniable although often minimised Eastern cultural background – Yalcindag was born in Turkey and move to Germany at the age of 30, while Kazem was born and still lives in Dubai, UAE – and an elective inclination towards the artistic western canon invite to a reflection on strategies of self-positioning within the larger world, and highlight the relevance of community-based engagement in the process of formation of an artistic persona”

Cristiana de Marchi, “Pictures for the blind”. Ekrem Yalcindag and Mohammed Kazem in the exhibition series „“


“I deal with ephemeral elements, such as the imperceptible movements of apparently fixed objects and situations, and the passing of time. Everything constantly moves as time is passing: you cannot capture time, yet you are existing in it. We cannot visually perceive this universal movement; our very existence is in motion. […] most of my projects represent movement without visualising it ”. (Mohammed Kazem)

Cristiana de Marchi, “Mohammed Kazem”, in Eungie Joo, Ryan Inouye (eds.), The Past, the present, the possible. Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah Art Foundation, 2015, pp. 252-259, 252


“The works of Ekrem Yalcindag are subtle: they touch on contexts, but also let them be. Geometry, abstraction and concretion emerge in his works like discreet genetic traces of a fusion of different formal aesthetic worlds. However, just when we think we have discovered them, they already disappear again”. (Dorothea Strauss)

Dorothea Strauss, “Foreword”, in Dorothea Strauss, Christoph Doswald (eds.), Ekrem Yalcindag, Kehrer, 2013, pp. 3-7, p. 6


About the artists:


Mohammed Kazem (born 1969, Dubai) lives and works in Dubai. He has developed an artistic practice that encompasses video, photography and performance to and new ways of apprehending his environment and experiences. The foundations of his work are informed by his training as a musician, and Kazem is deeply engaged with developing processes that can render transient phenomena, such as sound and light, in tangible terms. Often positioning himself within his work, Kazem responds to geographical location, materiality and the elements as a means to assert his subjectivity, particularly in relation to the rapid pace of modernisation in the Emirates since the country's founding.

Kazem was a member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society early in his career and is acknowledged as one of the 'Five', an informal group of Emirati artists - including Hassan Sharif, Hussein Sharif, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim and Abdullah Al Saadi - at the vanguard of conceptual and interdisciplinary art practice. In 2012, Kazem completed his Masters in Fine Art at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He has been participating in the Annual Exhibitions of the Emirates Fine Arts Society in Sharjah since 1986, as well as numerous editions of Sharjah Biennial, receiving first prize for installations in 1999 and 2003, and in 2007, he curated the Sharjah Biennial. In recent years, Kazem has participated in several group shows at the Mori Art Museum (2012), Boghossian Foundation (2013), Gwangju Museum of Art (2014) and the 2014 edition of the Fotofest Biennial in Houston (2014). He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale three times: in 2009 as part of a group exhibition curated by Catherine David, in 2013 he represented the UAE with an immersive video installation entitled Walking on Water, which was curated by Reem Fadda, and in 2015 he showcased works from the Tongue series at 1980 - Today: Exhibitions in the UAE, curated by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi. His works are held in the collections of the British Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and New York, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Sharjah Art Foundation, Barjeel Art Foundation, and Vehbi Koç Foundation, among others.


Ekrem Yalcındag was born in Adıyaman in 1964. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Izmir Dokuz Eylül University in 1989. He completed his master’s degree at his alma mater in 1993. Between 1994 and 1999, he studied with Prof. Hermann Nitsch at Stadelschule Frankfurt.

Using geometric and floral patterns so as to praise handcraftsmanship, he maintains connection between art and design by adapting the traditional techniques of painting. While patterns create a visual delusion by repetition and interaction with each other, they signify timelessness (past-present-future) in the cultural context. 

Yalçındağ received fellowships and attended guest artist program in Schloss Balmoral in 2001, and Villa Waldberta in Munich in 2003. He has extensively exhibited in solo and shows in Turkey and in Europe.

His works can be seen in many public and private collections such as Allianz collection in Munich, Borusan in Istanbul, EPO in Lahey, Goetz Collection in Munich, Istanbul Modern Art Museum in Istanbul, Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart and Rückversicherung in Munich.

Currently Yalçındağ lives and works in Istanbul and Berlin.

About the works:

Mohammed Kazem, Nr. L1 - Fluorescent Yellow, 30,5 x 22,9 cm, Acryl auf gekratztem Papier, 2021

Mohammed Kazem, Nr. L2 - Fluorescent Yellow, 30,5 x 22,9 cm, Acryl auf gekratztem Papier, 2021

Mohammed Kazem, Nr. K1 - Rosa, 30,5 x 22,9 cm, Acryl auf gekratztem Papier, 30,5 x 22,9 cm, 2021.

Mohammed Kazem, Nr. K2 - Rosa, 30,5 x 22,9 cm, Acryl auf gekratztem Papier, 30,5 x 22,9 cm, 2021.

Mohammed Kazem, Nr. J1 -  Blue, 30,5 x 22,9 cm, Acryl auf zerkratztem Papier, 2021.

Mohammed Kazem, Nr. J2 -  Blue, 30,5 x 22,9 cm, Acryl auf zerkratztem Papier, 2021.

The works presented here belong to Kazem’s now iconic series of scratches, which he started in 1990 and declined ever since in a multiplicity of formats and even media.

“In 1990, the newly produced series called Scratches somewhat echoed his impasto paintings. In this, he used paper, occasionally scattered paint, and scissors to rhythmically punctuate the surface of the paper in an organic pattern, usually in a single color. The saturation of the pigment varied, depending on the punctures that had been made on the paper” (Paulina Kolczynska).

Ekrem Yacindag, Colored Black, diameter 150 cm, acrylic on canvas on wooden construction.
The work presented here displays an astonishing color restraint for Yalcindag without sacrificing subtle color interactions.


Previous “pairs” were:

Jens Lehmann / Paul Zita. Text: Nicoletta Danila

Cristiana de Marchi / Susanne Schwieter. Text: Angelica Horn

Vroni Schwegler / Alex Katz. Text: Angelica Horn

Hannes Norberg / Peter Roehr. Text: Angelica Horn

Martin Holzschuh / Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim. Text: Cristiana de Marchi

Anja Conrad & Lucas Fastabend. Text Angelica Horn

Susan Donath & Vroni Schwegler. Text Dr. Sonja Müller

Michael Klipphahn & Anna Nero. Text Angelica Horn

Hassan Sharif & Carolin Kropff. Text Cristiana de Marchi, Angelica Horn


The exhibition is kindly supported by Kulturamt Frankfurt.