31 JAN – 15 MAR, 2020
30 OCT – 20 DEC, 2020

Akış/Flux is a collaboration between Sakip Sabanci Museum (SSM), Akbank Sanat, and Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) marking a major survey of Abramovic’s work and the largest project dedicated to performance art in the history of Istanbul / Turkey.

Akış/Flux at the Sakip Sabanci Museum is an exhibition comprised of a chronological presentation of Marina Abramovic’s work, the commission of 15 long durational performances by Turkish and invited artists, and the Abramovic Method, a public participatory installation.


Dilek Champs: Red Carpet
Nezaket Ekici: Work in Progress – Personal Map
Ilyas Odman: One for the Road
Virginia Mastrogiannaki: SJ
Arda Cabaoğlu: Forced Misophonia: BLAST, BLOW, PULSE
Evren Kutlay: On the Road to Oneness: A Proposal for Peace to the East and the West
Murat Adash: Correspondence (Morphology)
Umut Sevgül and Metehan Kayan: Upright
Bahar Temiz: Buz*
Nancy Stamatopoulou: The Chair
Maria Stamenkovic Herranz: The Mortal House
Şebnem Dönmez: Miss Contour
Halil Atasever: Slaughterhouse
Murat Ali: No Musicians’ Land


Introducing the exhibition is an extensive survey of Abramović’s 50-year artistic journey, including early paintings, photographs, installations, and videos of her work known for challenging her physical and mental limits. This marks the first retrospective of Abramovic's work in Turkey.

Abramovic Method

The Abramovic Method is a large scale, public participatory event joining people in a communal experience to connect with oneself and with each other. Inside this quiet and non-hierarchical space, the public is invited to participate in a number of exercises and to observe others as they participate. Connecting people in this basic way and creating a space of mutual witnessing, the Method encourages the kind of collective vulnerability that human beings need in order to better coexist. Participants are both guided by facilitators and self-guided and can stay in the Method for as long as they wish.

Performance on Video at Akbank Sanat

At Akbank Sanat, MAI presented a series of documentation exhibitions and a screening program on Abramovic’s work. The exhibition explores the recent and past histories of performance art and the legacy that informs the practice today. The documentation exhibitions aim to introduce performance art to a public that might be unfamiliar with the form as a discipline, as well as contribute to an existing local dialogue on this field.