Green Art Gallery Dubai presents “Balloons On The Sea”, a new video installation by Hale Tenger

Hale Tenger, "Balloons On The Sea", 2011, Video still.
Hale Tenger, "Balloons On The Sea", 2011, Video still.
  • Hale Tenger, "Balloons On The Sea", 2011, Video still

    Hale Tenger, "Balloons On The Sea", 2011, Video still

  • Hale Tenger, "Balloons On The Sea", 2011, Video still.

    Hale Tenger, "Balloons On The Sea", 2011, Video still.


Opening Reception:  14th March 2011, 6 - 9 pm

Exhibition Dates: 14/03/2011 - 28/04/2011


Green Art Gallery announces "Balloons On The Sea", Hale Tenger's first solo exhibition at the Gallery. Opening on March 14th 2011 and on view until April 28th, the exhibition will introduce Tenger's new 7 channel video installation, entitled "Balloons On The Sea", with music composed by her long-time audio collaborator Serdar Ateşer.

"Balloons on the sea" takes its subject directly from a popular pastime practiced along the Bosphorus in Istanbul and along the coastlines of Turkey; a game of shooting at balloons laid on the sea. A very radiant visual impact is created by a string of colorful balloons and their reflections on the sea, as they keep floating from side to side with the waves and the wind. In her installation Tenger reverses this image and thus fabricates an ambiguity where reflections become beings and beings become reflections. It is as if the reality is no more the reality that we take for granted. The continual floating of balloons in the image is still lyrical but there is an accompanying uncanny feeling to it.  This hinted feeling finds its reason as the viewer crosses to the other side of the space where the balloons are randomly blown up, yet surprisingly every single one of them comes back to life in an almost ghostly manner. A tension is built up with the expectancy of a burst yet not knowing which one and when it will. This subtle atmosphere leaves the viewer in between two worlds: while one charmingly invites to indulge oneself in the joyful reverberations of the gently floating balloons, the other almost as soft as a whisper brings the spectral side of their existence into focus.

Similar to some of her earlier work, "Balloons On the Sea" bears a dominant dreamlike aspect that contains  references to childhood and is based on the reflections of various psychological conditions. In this work the artist creates a fairy-like atmosphere surrounding the viewer, thus pulling the viewer to the field of dreams, the subconscious, the desires and fears that lie in the depth of collective memory.

 Born in Izmir in 1960, Hale Tenger is a multimedia artist whose works cut across conventional boundaries. Her large scale environments, video installations as well as objects and video works explore the dichotomy between nature and culture and consider the power relations and the importance of observation.

Tenger has had several solo shows in Turkey and abroad including "Strange Fruit" at Galeri Nev in 2009, "Never Never Land" at  the  Mannheimer Kuntsverein in Mannheim in 2001, "Decent Deathwatch: Bosnia-Herzegovina" at the Kunst Werke in Berlin in 1994 and others. Her work has been included in many prominent group exhibitions at institutions such as Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2010), Tanas Berlin (2010), Istanbul Modern (2010), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2009), Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2009), Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille (2009), Pier 92, NY (2008), Westfalischer Kunstverein, Münster (2008), Slought Foundation, Philadelphia (2008),  Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem (2006), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2005) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1996). She has taken part in various biennials including the 2nd and 3rd Istanbul Biennial (1990 & 1992), Manifesta 1 (1996) at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam and the São Paulo Biennial (1994). Her work is in several significant public collections including the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Istanbul Modern, Linda Pace Foundation and Vehbi Koc Foundation.

Her work has been featured and reviewed widely in publications such as Art in America, Artforum, ArtAsiaPacific and Frieze. She lives and works in Istanbul.


About Green Art Gallery

Green Art Gallery was founded in 1995 and was amongst the first galleries to exhibit Arab art in Dubai. The Gallery became a primary establishment to nurture the city's earliest art collector base by promoting pioneering artists from across the Middle East and North Africa. In 2008, leveraging its long and rich history in the market, Green Art Gallery also began to represent and showcase contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. In this manner the Gallery would become one of the few spaces whose knowledge and expertise has spanned the Arab art movement from modernism and will continue to promote the newest tendencies in the regional contemporary art practices.

Green Art Gallery aims to become not only an exhibition space, but also as a supporter and point of reference for the regional trends in modern and contemporary art practices.

In December 2010, Green Art Gallery moved to its new 3,000 s.q.f space in Al Serkal Avenue in al Quoz, the new up-and-coming art district in Dubai. The new space reflects the Gallery's commitment to its artists and its focus on curatorial programming from the region.

Opening Hours

Saturday-Thursday from 10 am until 7 pm. Closed on Friday

Contact Info

Al Quoz 1, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Unit 28

P.O.Box 257 11

Dubai, UAE

T: + 9714 346 9305

F: + 9714 346 9306



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