Art Barter is coming to
Istanbul for the first time on 18th to 26th of January.
Early in 2009, curators
Alix Janta-Polczynski and Lauren Jones grew aware of a shift in how people
obtained wants or needs.
They formed Art Barter as an alternative
platform to create an environment where the viewer always has a chance to
acquire the works on display.
Artists have always been familiar with the use
of barter worldwide, however, the Art Barter schema is distinct in its
promotion of such a form of exchange in the current art market and in the
lasting working relationships that are being born out of the project.
At Art Barter, the names of the artists are not
displayed along with the artworks; the viewer values the art for its own sake
without being predisposed to a name or a price tag. Having to barter also
motivates the viewer to think about what they have that is unique to offer the
Previous Art Barters have seen artists exchange
their works for 6 months of Italian lessons, 3 months of psychotherapy, 30
hours of reflexology, website design, a gallop on a white horse, gardening
lessons, a poem for each month of a year and other creative offers ranging from
a woman offering to bear the artist’s child to one promising a life time of
The way it works...
Each artist's work is displayed in the
exhibition with a number next to it. Viewers are invited to fill out barter
forms with their offers on any work that they desire. These offers are then
pinned on a communal board or placed on a box to protect the privacy of the
bid. At the end of the show, the artists will choose from all the offers made
on their work and will decide which (if any) offer they would like to exchange
their work for.