Divide and Conquer | 26 September – 2 October 2016 | Lock Up International | Istanbul | curated by Lewis Teague Wright
This installation was hosted by Lock Up International, a transient project space housed in storage units around the world. The installation was made in response to the crowd mentality and gathering of people in Taksim Square I witnessed after the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2015. The potatoes symbolize people, are an affordable food group, farmed and historically eaten by the poor and a fast food staple of Turkish life. Within the space, a selection of popular music was played according to mood and preference.
Flow Through | 23 March – 7 May, 2016 | ARTER | Istanbul | curated by Duygu Demir | exhibition photos by Ali Taptik
“Flow Through” was an exhibition based off my experiences in the International Territories of Svalbard. The exhibition consisted of: 2 site specific installations “Plexiberg” and “Pingo”; a series of 3 videos within “Pingo”; 7 photographs; a video projection room with “The Navigator”; changing sound installations throughout the exhibition. The entire space was cooled to 14 Celsius.
this place | January 2015 | maumau works | Istanbul, Turkey
The work in “this place” was a layered approach at examining the constant state of utopia and dystopia involved with living in a consumer society, instead of accessing this world from a natural landscape I looked at it from the landscape of economy. Like many developing countries, economically, Turkey is an aspirational society. As a photographic image can influence a person’s behaviors, so can architecture. This is prevalent in the way consumer spaces are built, particularly shopping malls. Lights, color and space are used to sell products that most people can’t afford. One of the layers of the installation included projections of videos made in the high end shopping malls of Istanbul. With “this place” I wanted to break down the power of the architecture by projecting those images of shopping malls onto the goods and materials that are vital to everyday life in Istanbul. These objects included water bottles I consumed during the period of the residency, the vinyl umbrellas sold and then discarded on every corner in Istanbul when it rains, and the decorations used at celebrations purchased from the pazar (also a distinct memory from my childhood). Accumulated and confined into the gallery space, “this place” was a representation of Istanbul as I experience it; chaotic, consuming and desirable. Simultaneously the installation was a manifesto outlining the factors and illusions driving the country towards an uncertain cultural, economic and political future, as in the LED sign highlight quotes from an economist about Turkey. I asked the viewer to recognize their place within the context of this society by creating an environment with familiar materials but inverting the way these materials are experienced. The juxtaposing of the images from shopping malls on to these familiar objects elevated them into a “higher class” of goods but also disseminated the aspirational language employed in the spaces of consumer worship.
this place | 3 channel video on monitor
Intimate Horizons | 2014 | DISJECTA |Portland, OR | curated by Rachel Adams Miller
2 person exhibition with Claire Ashley. I created two site specific installations; “Omun” based on the 24 hour sun, “Pink” an immersive light installation, with Claire Ashley collaborated on the work “B-15”.
Video Documentation | Omun | 2014
B-15 | 2014 | Inflatable sculpture by Claire Ashley | PVC, Plexiglas, 3 HD video projections | Dimensions Variable
Self Titled | April – May 2014 | Nesrin Esirtgen Collection | Istanbul | curated by Bercin Damgaci
The solo show included the installation also titled “Self Titled” with a 4 channel video projection, photographs from the series Melting North, and the video Pink Ice.
Video Documentation | Self- Titled |2014
Primordial Future | 9 October, 2013 – 20 April, 2014 | deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park 2013 Biennial | Lincoln, MA
After Darkness…. | January 2013 | Godine Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design | Boston, MA
die Zukunft | April 2011 | MFA Thesis Exhibition | Bakalar & Paine Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design | Boston, MA
Ante Camera | January 2011 | Massachusetts College of Art and Design | Boston, MA