“Discarded”, a selection of artists of interfacegallery.com by invited curator Deniz Erbaş, is a group exhibition on metaphors reproduced by means of recycling strategies of art for the body which at first is fully invested in by the system only to be discarded later on.
Artists: Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Dilara Akay, Rafet Arslan, Seçkin Aydın, Güneş Bulut, Özge Enginöz, Eda Gecikmez, Nurcan Gündoğan, Burak Karacan, Raziye Kubat, Zekine Kundukan, Hüseyin Rüstemoğlu, Şefik Özcan, İlhan Sayın, Seda Sela, Erdal Sezer, Gonca Sezer, Meltem Sırtıkara, Yasemin Şenel, Ercan Vural
www.interfacegallery.com, a communication project of the alternative art and culture platform HAYAKA ARTI which aims to “provide free circulation of art between the virtual and physical world”, is opening its second exhibition on April, 18th in Tophane. The concept “Interface” and the discussion- encounter platform it has introduced over the web, is for the second time carried into the physical space of a gallery to reflect on the existence of art production within virtual and physical spheres. Invited curator Deniz Erbaş has asked all artists included in her selection from over 300 profiles present on the web platform interfacegallery.com, to propose artworks talking back to the conceptual framework of “bio-power”. Thus body and life that we are frequently forced to witness to full extent in all aspects through media and communication channels or political agendas, long fallen within the interest of power, have constituted the main theme of this exhibition. These works, disintegrating the body together with its living space and then rejoining the two by means of techniques such as collage, painting, photography and so on, while presenting fictions as to the existence of body within private, public and political realms, also manage to make room for reflection on the concept of bio-power. Social stereotypes such as sexual identity, womanhood, marriage, professional life, career and family, modes and potentials of the body‑turning into an object of politics‑and the cycle of life, the relationship between power and body are among the subjects of artists who participate in this exhibition.
Today we are living in a world where power mechanisms do no longer function through regions, geographies, patches of land or physical territories, but through the very lives, biological existences, bodies of people and societies. Power turning towards the body by means of several exclusion, confinement, surveillance, life preserving and terminating mechanisms in different fields of life such as education, health, and law practices, is now in possession of all necessary means to keep under control and shape the body and movements of each individual and thereby leaves no need for implementation of massive, general domination practices on the society. The body becomes politicized, and the more it does so, the fields to demonstrate individual opposition, rebellion and resistance also diversify. The exhibition “Discarded”, under these circumstances, intends to revisit the deep-rooted relationship between art, body and bodily life through the paradigm of actual art productions.
Works of Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Dilara Akay, Rafet Arslan, Seçkin Aydın Güneş Bulut, Özge Enginöz, Eda Gecikmez, Nurcan Gündoğan, Burak Karacan, Raziye Kubat, Zekine Kundukan, Hüseyin Rüstemoğlu, Şefik Özcan, İlhan Sayın, Seda Sela, Erdal Sezer, Gonca Sezer, Meltem Sırtıkara, Yasemin Şenel and Ercan Vural, that use different mediums and take body as their subject can be seen at HAYAKA ARTI until June 1st 2013.
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