The Interview

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February 8 – March 30, 2008

Boots Contemporary Art Space is proud to introduce the 2008 International Artist in Residence, Isil Egrikavuk from Istanbul, Turkey. Opening on February 8, 2008 at 8 pm, The Interview will be the culminating project of her residency at the gallery here in St. Louis. Through a video installation and a performance, the audience will witness and take part in the story of a doctor brought to St. Louis in the summer of 2005 from Baghdad to cure a case of bird flu. On the opening night, there will be a performance with local journalist Anne-Marie Berger interviewing audience members. Video footage of this performance will also be displayed through the duration of the exhibition.

Drawing from her previous experience as a journalist, recent performances at the Chicago Cultural Center and major galleries in Istanbul have involved staging audience driven news broadcasts, collective and public online chats, and absurd interview scenarios. Her work in video and performance brings together the worlds of art, journalism, and storytelling, strongly encouraging the audience to decide where the truth lies. 

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