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Bonington Vitrines #8: House of Wisdom

Bonington Gallery

black opened up suitcase containing images, letters, postcards

Exhibition Preview:
Thursday 27 September, 5 pm  – 7 pm

Presented as a travelling library this exhibition and associated events, curated by Collective Çukurcuma explores the political power of books and libraries.

  • From: Friday 28 September 2018, 10 am
  • To: Saturday 27 October 2018, 5 pm
  • Location: Bonington Foyer, Bonington Building, Dryden Steet, Nottingham, NG1 4GG
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Throughout centuries, libraries have been perceived as places where knowledge on life and space is organized, read, and interpreted, yet at certain times, their political significance are underestimated. Public libraries have been important symbols of political power and formation of cultural identity. They play a significant role in the political struggle for independence, as centres of democratic ideals, such as free access to cultural heritage and information. As public spaces, they are essential for bringing people together to share information, and they become even more important during times of collective resistance and protests for freedom.

Curated by the Istanbul-based Çukurcuma Collective, House of Wisdom explores the political power of books and libraries in our century, and is presented as a travelling exhibition/library that explores the increasing levels of censorship on information and the current sociopolitical situation in and around Turkey. It started its journey in the non-profit art space, Dzialdov, Berlin. The show moved to Istanbul as part of the 15th Istanbul Biennial’s public program, and then to the art space Framer Framed in Amsterdam, as part of the Amsterdam Art Weekend 2017 programme.

The exhibition and public programme of events now reside in Nottingham, with a panel discussion at Primary, in June 2018, followed by the exhibition here at Bonington Gallery and across the city, see public programme events (curated by Cüneyt Çakırlar) below for full details.

Visit the Bonington Gallery website to find out which artists are included in this exhibition.

This project is being run in collaboration with Queer Art Projects (London, UK), Nottingham Trent University’s Bonington Gallery, Primary, Bromley House Library, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, and Five Leaves Bookshop.

Public programme coordinator: Dr Cüneyt Çakırlar, Senior Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media at Nottingham Trent University

Exhibition Preview

Join us on Thursday 27 September from 5 pm to 7 pm for the preview of Bonington Vitrines #8: House of Wisdom (part of the preview for The Accumulation of Things), before the exhibition opens to the public on Friday 28 September.

The preview is open to staff, students and the general public, please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Associated events

Talk: Islam in the River of Wisdoms, with Prof. Wendy Shaw
Date: Wednesday 3 October, 7 pm – 8.30 pm
Location: Five Leaves Bookshop
Bookings: Please email to reserve your place

Talk: A Feeling of Loss: Mutterzunge, with Adnan Yildiz Date: Wednesday 10 October, 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Primary
Bookings: Please visit Primary's website for details.

Film Screening: Gürcan Keltek's Colony (2015)
Date: Wednesday 17 October, 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Bonington Lecture Theatre (room 143)
Bookings: please email to reserve your place

Uplefter: A workshop on Political Depression with Aylin Kuryel
Date: Monday 22 October,  6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Bonington 146
Bookings: please email to reserve your place

Exhibition Walkthrough with Mine Kaplangı and Cüneyt Çakırlar
Date: Wednesday 24 October, 1 pm – 3 pm
Location: Bonington Gallery
Bookings: please email to reserve your place

Film Screening: Shevaun Mizrahi's Distant Constellation (2017)
Date: Wednesday 24 October, 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Bonington Lecture Theatre (room 143)
Bookings: please email to reserve your place

Istanbul Queer Art Collective
Visiting Bibliophiles: Fellowship of Books
Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergül will visit NTU Emeritus Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Gregory Woods. Presenting their Just in Bookcase, they will have a conversation on book loving, personal libraries, queer archiving and memory. This is a closed performance, the video documentation of this event will be available after the performance.

Public programme curator: Dr Cüneyt Çakırlar, Senior Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media at Nottingham Trent University. The events in this public programme are sponsored by School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University.

General Exhibition Opening Times

Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm


For all enquires about Bonington Gallery exhibitions and events please email us, or call +44 (0)115 848 8268. Alternatively, please visit the Bonington Gallery website.

Image Credit: Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Just in Bookcase, 2017

Location details


Bonington Foyer, Bonington Building


Dryden Steet


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