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Bio: Turkish, b. 1984
Title: A Study on Endless Archipelagos, 2017-2019
Medium: Repurposed tiles, cement, bronze, wood
Size: 4 set – Each approximately 80 x 170 cm
Acquired by: Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
Artist represented by: Green Art Gallery, Dubai
Acquisition date: 2020
A Study on Endless Archipelagos was a part of Every Step in the Right Direction, Singapore Biennale 2019. A Study on Endless Archipelagos is a collection of anthropomorphised architectural elements that the artist collected over an extended period of time in the cities she previously lived and worked in. They represent particles of restored memory as much as they are recovered pieces of forgotten or unwanted walls that resemble little islands with fringed edges. The miniature feet, made out of bronze, supporting each fragment renders the feeling of a burdened history moving in slow motion and floating on a sea of timeless and often disjointed memories. Pieces of brick, concrete or ceramic dating from various moments in time or coming from different places as a result of decay or demolition, are ‘art-ified’ and given a second life as part of a transformative journey where the objectual meets time and time meets memory. This irreversible passage is traumatic and leads to a cumulative fragmentation which may result in history or in forgetfulness.
Copyright: The Artist
Courtesy of the Artist and Green Art
Credit line: Istanbul Museum of Modern
Acquired by the Women Artists Fund
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