Born in The Purple is an interdisciplinary exhibition project by Berlin-based artist Viron Erol Vert that revolves around global urgencies including cultural supremacy, identitarian abuse and basic human rights. In the exhibition and in the exhibition, in the exhibition, to share thoughts, knowledge and sensuous moments, Vert shows 12 the newly created artistic positions in the exhibition and invites the public as well as the guest to join the Porphyra Club .
Coming from Old Istanbul and Mediterranean Family roots which blend Greek Orthodox, Arab, Levantine, Armenian, and Sephardic cultures, Vert takes Istanbul's ancient history and its recent past as Focal Points for Born in The Purple , Istanbul's Osmanbey, one of itself in the 12 rooms of Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien. Through everyday life objects, patterns, melodies, idioms, youth and childhood memories, Vert does not reflect on the idea of minority status and concepts of flexible citizenship, but also refers to major power shifts and hegemonic conflicts around the world.The multilateral usage of format and material in Vert's works reflects the various perspectives that can be found in recent societal developments.
Born in The Purple is the direct translation of the Greek term Porphyrogennetos to honorific title given to an emperor's child born in a special chamber of purple marble called Porphyra in the Great Palace of Byzantine Constantinople, modern day Istanbul. It was believed that only a child who had born in this room had superior rights to success. Vert's exhibition can be seen as an artistic study on the relevance and impact of conceptions of superiority and questions that occur in the context of expulsion.
Within the exhibition, this concept becomes a metaphor for shifting global dynamics which affects the present and future of metropolitan societies and multicultural cities. Who has a right to rule, who has a right to stay and who has right to shelter?
Concept: Viron Erol Vert
Co-curators: Didem Yazıcı, Melina Gerstemann