Meriç Algün Ringborg - Souvenirs for the Landlock, 2015, Installation

Meric Algun Ringborg /   Meriç Algün Ringborg

Turkey 1983


Meric Algun Ringborg
Meriç Algün Ringborg
May 29, 2016

Istanbul-born and Stockholm-based artist, Meriç Algün Ringborg uses the differences and total opposites between two cities as an inspiration and main theme of her installations. She questions issues of identity, borders, bureaucracy, language barrier and translation through the ready-made texts, archives and common objects. Focusing on the actual subject of immigration, Ringborg has explored visa procedures and application forms and made a dictionary of all the common words in Swedish and Turkish languages.

Meriç Algün Ringborg - Have you ever seen a fig tree blossom, 2015, Image copyright Meriç Algün Ringborg
Meriç Algün Ringborg – Have you ever seen a fig tree blossom, 2015

From Turkey to Sweden

Ringborg was born in Istanbul, in 1983, where she studied at the Department of Visual Arts and Communication Design at Sabancı University. Continuing her education and earning her master degree in Fine Arts at the Royal Academy in Stockholm, she did the project for her graduation exhibition named The Library of Unborrowed Books. Taking the example of the Stockholm Public Library, she made an installation from the 600 titles that nobody ever borrowed. Since her first solo shows in 2013 at Galeri Non in Istanbul and Galerie Nordenhake in Stockholm, Ringborg has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the USA, including 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 where she participated as one of three artists from Sweden in the main exhibition All the Worlds Futures.

She made an installation from the 600 books that nobody ever borrowed

Meriç Algün Ringborg - The Library of Unborrowed Books, 2012, photo credits Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Meriç Algün Ringborg – The Library of Unborrowed Books, 2012, photo credits Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Becoming European

In 2014, Ringborg has had a solo exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, titled Becoming European. Drawing the inspiration from the personal experience of movement from the non-European country, she exploited her own encounter with the different culture and foreign language, aiming to show all difficulties and strange situations faced by people of other nationality. All over the museum space were panels with the inscriptions from the visa application forms, various personal questions, sometimes confusing and unpleasant. She also made a dictionary and the sound works with the 1270 word meaning and spelling of the Turkish and Swedish.

Ringborg made the panels with the questions from the visa application forms

Meriç Algün Ringborg - Becoming European, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2014, photo credits Åsa Lundén
Meriç Algün Ringborg – Becoming European, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2014, photo credits Åsa Lundén

Experience as Inspiration

Meriç Algün Ringborg belongs to the group of the young and successful artists with the strong attitude and clear idea about the message that her art transfers. As a foreign student in the European country, she experienced the problems of unfamiliar surroundings, different culture and language, bureaucracy and endless paperwork, and above all, search for own identity and chance for a new life. Although her work questions the borders, it does not know that kind of limitations, considering her success and numerous exhibitions even across the ocean.

Meriç Algün Ringborg currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Featured image: Meriç Algün Ringborg – Souvenirs for the Landlock, Installation, 2015
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016The Artist National Museum, StockholmGroup
2016Towards a Larger World Moderna Museet, MalmeGroup
2016Swedish Art: Now Sven Harrys Konstmuseum, StockholmGroup
2016Watched The Hasselblad Center, GothenburgGroup
2016Identity. Behind the Curtain of Uncertainity National Art Museum of Ukraine, KievGroup
2016Remember Lidice Stadtische Galerie Nordhorn Group
2016Memory and Continuity Pera Museum, Istanbul Group
2016After Alexandria the Flood, Recai Mehmed Efendi Library, Proto5533, Istanbul Group
2016Displacement Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam Group
2015A Work of Fiction (Revisited) Kunstverein FreiburgSolo
2015Remember Lidice Edition Block, Berlin Group
2015Where do we migrate to Varmlands Museum, Karlstad Group
2015Meshes of the Afternoon. The School of Landscape. A part of Kyiv Biennial Kunsthall Trondheim Group
2015All the World's Futures, 56th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition Group
2015SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms 14th Istanbul Biennial Group
2015Reading Between Not-Straight Lines Academiegalerie, Utrecht Group
2015Insecure Scaffolds Hollybush Gardens, London Group
2015Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will 5th Thessaloniki Biennial Group
2015 Every Inclusion is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul Group
2015Bulusma… Reunion Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul Group
2014Becoming European Moderna Museet, Stockholm Solo
2014A Work of Fiction (Revisited) Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin Solo
2014Uprisings MOSTYN Llandudno, Wales Solo
2014Liberdade em movimento Fundacao Ibere Camargo, Porto Alegre Group
2014The Material of Words Sobering Galerie, Paris Group
2014A Thousand Doors The Gennadius Library of American School of Classical Studies, Athens Group
2014Ir para volver (Leaving to return) 12th Bienal de Cuenca Group
2014You Imagine What You Desire19th Biennale of SydneyGroup
2013The Apparent Author Galeri NON, Istanbul Solo
2013A Work of Fiction Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm Solo
2013The Library of Unborrowed Books Art in General, NYC Solo
2013A Hook or a Tail Frutta Gallery, Rome Solo
2013Women's Art Society MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales Group
2013Signs Taken in Wonder Kunstverein Hannover Group
2013Regrese Manana (Return Tomorrow) MAZ - Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco Group
2013Shadows of a Doubt Talinn Art HallGroup
2013AB, a project by Gabriele De Santis Nomas Foundation, Rome Group
2013The Nordic Model Malme Konstmuseum, Malme Group
2013ABCDEFGHI Marabouparken, Stockholm Group
2013BiennaleOnline: Reflection & ImaginationWorld Wide Web Group
2013Sequences Reykjavík Group
2013Transposed Order IASPIS Open House, Stockholm Group
2013When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit Group
2013Signs Taken in Wonder MAK, Vienna Group
2012Becoming European Wunderkammer, Meessen De Clerq, Brussels Solo
2012Prompts and Triggers: Meric Algun Ringborg, Line No.2 (Holy Bible) Witte de With, Rotterdam Solo
2012Which No One Will Ever SeeGalleri Mejan, Stockholm Solo
2012Incremental Change Galeri NON, Istanbul Group
2012 When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes CCA Wattis Institute, San FranciscoGroup
2012Show Off Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia Group
2012Detective Andreas Huber, Vienna Group
2012Memory of Present by coup de désLietzensee, on Kuno-Fischer-Strasse 3, Berlin Group
2012Show Off Malme Konsthall, MalmeGroup
2012 Har har man alltid med sig Stockholm Music and Arts Festival, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm Group
2012An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art Francesca Minini, Milan Group
2012Graduation Exhibition: The Library of Unborrowed Books Konstakademien, Stockholm Group
2012Germans, Speak German CCA, GlasgowGroup
2011Travelogue as Allegory – Artists´ books as a modern form of the production of desireKonstakademien, Stockholm Group
2010The Concise Book of Visa Application Forms Gallery Naïve, Stockholm Solo
2010Danforedanforedanforedan Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm Group
2010Open Studio Exhibition Villa Iris, Botin Foundation, Santander Group
2010Qui Vive? 2nd International Moscow Biennale for Young Art Moscow, Russia Group
2010The Spring Exhibition Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen Group