Green Art Gallery launches new website

We are excited to launch our newly designed website with information on our artists, exhibitions, art fairs, videos, etc. Please visit our new website at:

Please note that we will no longer be updating this blog and it will be taken offline shortly

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Nazif Topcuoglu interviewed by Natalie Mason for MyDubaiMyCity 2012

Check out the great interview conducted by Natalie Mason from MyDubaiMyCity of artist Nazif Topcuoglu talking about his current exhibition, “Innerscapes”, at Green Art Gallery.  Filmed inside the gallery itself, the interview offers an insight to Nazif’s fascinating photographic works.

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Green Art Gallery at Art Basel 43 2012

The exhibitor list for Art Basel has finally been released. Green Art Gallery gets a special mention in the Artinfo article along with the IVDE gallery as the “two rising stars in the Dubai art scene”. We will be participating in the Art Statements section of the fair with a new project by interdisciplinary artist Shadi Habib Allah entitled “Torch ready, press play”. More information about the project coming soon…

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Canvas Guide’s Rebecca Anne Proctor and Tala Chukri interview Nazif Topcuoglu

Canvas Guide has featured an extensive interview with Nazif on the back of  “Innerscapes”, his recently opened solo show at Green Art Gallery. The Canvas Guide is essentially an online supplement to Canvas Magazine, the leading periodical for Contemporary Middle Eastern art. Featured in the guide are the most important events listings and articles related to what’s happening currently in the Middle Eastern art scene.

Read on to find out how the artist selects his models, why his subjects are invariably young women, and his thoughts on the recent global youth protests here.

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Nazif Topcuoglu | Innerscapes | Installation Views

For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are the installation views for the uber cool solo show for Nazif Topcuoglu entitled “Innerscapes”.

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Chris Lord reviews Nazif Topcuoglu’s current show “Innerscapes” for The National 2012

For an in-depth look at our current solo show for Turkish photographer Nazif Topcuoglu check out the great review written by Chris lord for The National newspaper.


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Upcoming exhibition- Green Art Gallery Dubai presents “Innerscapes” a solo show of recent works by renowned Turkish photographer Nazif Topcuoglu

Opening Reception: 11th Jan 2012, 7 – 9 pm

Exhibition Dates: 11/01/2012 – 05/03/2012

Green Art Gallery opens its 2012 program with a solo exhibition for the acclaimed Turkish photographer Nazif Topcuoglu presenting a new series of works. Marking the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, the show opens on January 11th and will be on view until March 5th 2012. A reception will be held on the 11th of January from 7 – 9 pm in the presence of the artist.

Known for his highly staged theatrical works typically featuring young girls living in lavish period backdrops, Nazif Topcuoglu’s photographs take on a nostalgic view of youth. While in his works, like Proust, he does not glorify a certain-definite- “past” era, he nonetheless implies a yearning for one’s own youth or an imagined “golden age”. The way in which we as humans rate our experience as valuable is through moments that are imagined, be they in the past (half-remembered) or in the future (not yet realized).

This idealization of youth however, goes hand in hand with an overall sense of sadness and desperation felt by the artist. With the encroaching global problems facing the youth today, wars, famines, economical downturns, a hope for a better future becomes an idealization in itself. Topcuoglu, who is part of the generation who participated in the major upheavals the world faced in the 1960‘s, maintains that the sense of hope, of a view of changing the world experienced then, seems desolate and almost obsolete today.

The young female characters depicted in his works have grown up in this very context and are now facing the various adult issues of the day. Like a modern day Alice, they may be opposed and frustrated at every turn, but they are mostly dissenters not collaborationists, speaking up against the way people insist on the rightness of their conventional ways of doing things. Like in the Alice stories, these girls raise the voice of common sense against the arbitrary rules and unjust commandments of the grown-up world. It is for this reason that when looking at Topcuoglu’s seemingly ‘pretty’ images of attractive girls, the viewer nonetheless cannot help but sense a disturbing tension at what lies beneath.

Born in 1953, Nazif Topcuoglu graduated with a Masters degree from the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1981. Since then he has exhibited worldwide and has held several solo shows both in Istanbul and abroad, as well as publishing 3 books on the history and criticism of photography. Topcuoglu’s work was included in the Turkish pavillion during the 50th Venice biennale in 2003 and he has participated in various prestigious group shows including“ A Subjective Panorama of Contemporary Turkish Photography” as part of the Turkish Cultural Season in Paris at the Maison de Metallos in November 2009.  His work is included in several public and private collections as well as several significant publications on contemporary art. These include: “Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography”, published by Phaidon in 2006, “User’s Manual: Contemporary Art in Turkey 1986-2006”, published by art-ist in 2007 and “Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey” which was published by Transglobe in the spring  of 2010.

Nazif Topcuoglu, A Pre-Raphaelite picture, c-print, 90 x 61 cm, 2011

Nazif Topcuoglu, All for one, one for all (Tous pour un, un pour tous), c-print, 120 x 161 cm, 2010

Nazif Topcuoglu, Dragon, c-print, 140 x 100 cm, 2009

Nazif Topcuoglu, Girls at Home, c-print, 120 x 180 cm, 2011

Nazif Topcuoglu, Guerilla Girls, c-print, 124 x 124 cm, 2010

Nazif Topcuoglu, Introspection, c-print, 120 x 168 cm, 2010

Nazif Topcuoglu, Like Thieves at Midnight, c-print, 121 x 210 cm, 2011

Nazif Topcuoglu, Sisters, c-print, 120 x 80 cm, 2011

Nazif Topcuoglu, Solace, c-print, 120 x 182 cm, 2009

Nazif Topcuoglu, Sorrow, c-print, 180 x 120 cm, 2010

Nazif Topcuoglu, The Hunger, c-print, 124 x 143 cm, 2011

Nazif Topcuoglu, The Slap, c-print, 100 x 100 cm, 2008

Nazif Topcuoglu, The Space Jadu, c-print, 120 x 80 cm, 2011

Nazif Topcuoglu, The Turtle Charmer, 2011, C-print mounted on foam board, Edition 1-5+AP2, 167 x 120 cm

Nazif Topcuoglu, Turquoise, c-print, 60 x 90 cm, 2011

Nazif Topcuoglu, Magic Carpets, 2010, C-print mounted on foam board, AP2, 116 x 175 cm

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