Fahrettin Örenli explores ‘blinkered humanity’ in London exhibition Money without Nationality


Making its European debut, Fahrettin Örenli’s new solo exhibition Money without Nationality encompasses drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography and poetry. In it, he examines the psychological and physical aspects of cities as living organic structures, perceiving them as control towers for the distribution of mass information.

The Turkish artist explores how humanity has become blinkered and lost in man-made nature, hypnotised by the power of synthetic sunsets placed by their own hands on the horizon, and by choosing not to recognise certain truths in the name of economic interests.

“Örenli’s art practice has always been in relation to humankind as social beings, whether examining from a historical, geographical, or contemporary point of view, Örenli embodies the role of a ‘wandering Marxist’; his critique on the historical politics of nation and the current political unions with industry, as well as his experiences and observations within urban environments, where he engages in dialogue with the city’s inhabitants, to his interpretation of global political economic theory, together render his conceptualization of ‘currency’ or ‘money,” said curator Huang Chien-Hung.

It’s on at Pi Artworks, not far from Oxford Circus, until 9th June.

About Fahrettin Örenli

Born in Turkey, in 1969, Fahrettin Örenli lives and works between Amsterdam, Istanbul and Seoul. He studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Netherlands. He has participated in artist-in-residence programmes at the MMCA residency Changdong (2017); Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (2006–07) and ISCP, NY (2003).

Örenli was awarded the ABN AMRO Art Prize, Amsterdam (2004) and the Royal Painting Prize, Amsterdam (2000). His works were shown in several international institutions and exhibitions like the Museum of Antioquia, Medellín (2017); DEPO, Istanbul (2016); Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2015); Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (2014).

Following his next solo exhibition at Pi ArtWorks (London), he will showcase Project Fulfill Art Space in Taipei later this year.

Exhibition Details

Title: Money without Nationality by Fahrettin Örenli

Ends: Saturday 09 June 2018

Times: Monday by appointment only; Tues–Fri, 10am–6pm; Sat, 11am–6pm; Sun, closed.

Venue: Pi Artworks, 5 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8EG

Admission: free

More info: piartworks.com