Berin Golonu

Born in Istanbul, Berin Golonu is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her dissertation is titled “Depictions of Nature as Modernization: Late Ottoman and Early Turkish Republican Landscape Imagery.” Golonu has published extensively on modern and contemporary Turkish and Middle Eastern Art. Her feature articles and reviews have appeared in various national and international arts publications including Afterimage, Aperture, Art in America, Art on Paper, Art Papers, frieze, Modern Painters, Sculpture and Zing Magazine. A book project titled Recipes for an Encounter, co-edited with Candice Hopkins and Marisa Jahn, was released by Western Front Editions in Winter 2010. The book was presented as an exhibition at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City in September 2010. Other past curatorial projects include “The Gatherers: Greening Our Urban Spheres” (fall 2008); “The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics” (spring 2008); “Bay Area Now” (2004 and 2008); “The Zine UnBound” (2005); a series of exhibitions highlighting collective activity titled “Peer Pleasure” (2006), and “Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music-Based Videos” (2006), all presented at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco where Golonu served as Associate Curator (2003-2008). A Dissertation Fellowship granted by the Darat Al Funun Foundation brought her to Amman, Jordan in February 2014, and a Researcher Mobility Travel Grant from the University of Rochester will allow Golonu to conduct research within the archives of the SALT Research Institute in Istanbul from June-August 2014.


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Berin Golonu

Sited on Paper: A Defining View of Artists' Publications

This essay gives an introductory overview of magazines created by artists and investigates their contributions to the landscape of artistic production in an age in which the original art object has been thoroughly usurped by its reproducible copy. It also provides a brief description of one seminal artist's publication—FILE Megazine—that I will be examining in greater depth in my finalized thesis. The final thesis will offer expanded views of six such magazines that will further illustrate my definition of artist's publications.

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