Salt Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema
Naz Cuguoğlu and Vicky Do programmed Glad We Made It On Time in response to After Hope: Videos of Resistance, organized by the Asian Art Museum and curated by Abby Chen and Padma Maitland with video selections drawn from recommendations by artists, curators and organizations across the world.
Artists: Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Zeynep Kayan and Özgür Atlagan, Tiffany Chung, Angela Su, Arahmaiani, Alison Nguyen, Connie Zheng, Phan Anh, Choi Sai-Ho, Walid Siti, Chitra Ganesh, Zeina Barakeh.
September 24 – September 25, 2022
Salt Beyoğlu, İstiklal Caddesi 136, Beyoğlu 34430 İstanbul Turkey
Tue-Sat 11.00-19.00; Sun 11.00-18.00

Still from Zeina Barakeh’s video work Scenarios of Breaking Down a Wall (2014)

Salt’s screening program Glad We Made It On Time, organized in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, features a selection of video works from Palestine to Hong Kong, Indonesia to Iraq and India, exploring the notion of humor as a survival methodology in conflicted times. The program investigates the different forms that humor can take in a post-apocalyptic world, ranging from mythological symbols and collective fantasies to subtle gestures and absurd plots.

The selection explores the relationship between humor and hope as a form of alternative narrative-making that can heal, bind and serve diverse cultures and politically vulnerable individuals. On a personal level, humor has always been one of the most common coping mechanisms for dealing with the imbalance between the internal desire for control and external unpredictability. The program draws its name from Phan Anh’s Glad I made it on time, which is included in the program and refers to the devastating feeling of always being late in a hyper-productive, post-capitalist society.