"This exhibition is the sequel to my 2017 Fill In The Plant project, in which, along with my previous works, I present my focus on the landscaping imagery in people’s habitats and our problematic relationship wih nature. In my compositions, I re-interpret human-made landscaping in different cities and countries. There are also some works with marble images which would be familiar to those who have seen my previous exhibitions. I wanted to shed a light on the transformation of the nature under human control and disposal independent from its innate mechanism. Our exigence for nature increases in direct ratio with the deadly destruction we create. Our “solution” is to build human-made nature. My main focus is this new perception of nature which is very different from the traditional landscaping. We are struggling to create our own safe zones in this artificial environment and these structures evolve into either natural entities that we come to accept without even noticing or to monsters that makes us shiver everytime they catch our eyes. Are we capable of forming a bond with this artificial nature? How much can we internalize it? How safe do we actually feel? What sort of a correlation can we form betwen the wild nature and our lanscaping? How do we fill the plants in? These are the fundamental questions I have."Details
“Advocating democracy, peace, science and art, accomplishing moral conducts have become acts of courage in our times.” Justice, equality and freedom, the indispensible and irrefutable dynamics of humanity are imperative in every aspect of life. In the past, standing up for them meant standing up for everything, from freedom of speech to the right to live. However, in the times that we’re living in, demanding those common principles is an act of defiance to the powers that radicalize them, creating heroes out of people who seek these basic rights. As an example, advocating for proper living conditions for animals is merely an erratic behaviour according to some minds. The individuals who are passionately fighting for the moral principles and basic rights have become Don Quixotes of the society, they are perceived as lunatics who are after inane adventures like chasing windmills. Through this perpective, artists and art lovers of today are all Don Quixotes against life, fighting a battle of existential reality.”Details
Since the invention of photography, countless ways are developed to capture the vision created bylight, some of these practices İost their importance in time while most of them struggled long and hard with the standardised and highly profitable technigues of the photograpy industry before they threw in towel. Alternative photography is a term used to define historical photo developing technigues that are no longer commercially available. İn the 1960's, alternative photography was born as a protest slogan against the monopoly of the photography industry and its focus on very limited, profitable products. Alternative photography promises an infinite world where you can use both old and new technigues. Today, a great number of photographers, in their pursuit of freedom, inspiration and unigueness have turned to the practical authenticity of the 19th century photography. Considering that it is still possible to rebel against technology and to achieve such unigueness, it is impossible not to wish that Sir John Herschel's influence remains forever on this art. The exhibition includes works of nine photography artists who work under the roof of Ka Photography Development Atelier, using alternative printing technigues.Details
Özlem Şimşek is a photography, video and performance artist who studies identity representations. She transforms herself using make-up, gestures and costumes into Ottoman - Turkish women, carrying out a performative research on the categorization of desires behind the historical as well as societal engineering of womanhood and femininity perceptions. In “Broken Narratives” project which includes her works from the collection “Contemporary Turkish Art as an Autoportrait”, Şimşek dresses up as the female figures depicted in the prominent, modern Turkish paintings.Details
DEBAUCHERY IN PICTURES WITH ELEGANT IMAGES Reverse painting on glass is an anceint form of art, which is applying paint to the back of a piece of glass, sometimes embellishing it with colourful glitter paper, telling the same stories forever, stories which you can view by turning the glass over and looking through it. A basilisk or an “Amentü boat” ( A boat figure made by the letters of Islamic prayer) are the most common figures of this art form. In Anatolian folklore, the reverse painted glass pictures were considered as talismans for good luck, therefore they could be found on store walls or inside the dowry chests of the brides. Mevlut Akyıldız is an artist that uses the same technique to tell ironic stories that are altogether far from the traditional reverse glass paintings. His humorous artworks are sometimes enriched by old frames with their faded gilts and unknown stories. Mevlut Akyıldız paintings on glass and paper, through multiple techniques, tell us about the Casanovas of our culture and how they treat their subjects of desire. As you know, Casanova is the greatest womanizer of history. In his collection, “Casanova’s Love Book”, Akyıldız’s paintings reflect the tragicomic stories of our Casanovas in a most humorous way The exhibition will be presented between 18th May and 18th June in Club Marvy. The visitors will enjoy a fun experience with the multilayered stories on glass of Casanova Kazım, the women he fell for and how hard he tried to win their hearts.Details
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