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Elmas Deniz

SAHA provided support for the production of the new work by Elmas Deniz who is invited to the Cinnamon Colomboscope Festival held between 22 August–10 September 2017.

Elmas Deniz produced two new works during her stay in Colombo for the Colomboscope festival exhibition “Re/evolution”. The new video and artist-book both focus mainly on our relationship with nature. The video titled “Made to be seen” borrows the features and conceptual roots from advertisements. Thinking styles derived from financial markets play a dominant role in our lives, and advertising has been the main tool for centuries of manipulation that artists wish to focus on, emphasize and play with. In Deniz’s work the advertised product is ‘a true unsellable thing’: the green natural beauty of Sri Lanka. 

The accompanying artist-book “Flying Plants, Dogs and Elephants” also draws attention to our perception of nature as well as focusing on our place in nature with other species and beings. The book includes drawings of indoor plants originating from Sri Lanka that were often sent abroad, the international transportation regulations of living plants and words on stray dogs written by the artist herself. The final product of the book itself was produced environmentally consciously, made from a special paper made of elephant dung. With this economic contribution, the papers itself creates a new financial resource that helps to protect the environment and lives of animals.  

About Elmas Deniz

Elmas Deniz (1981, İzmir) graduated from Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Painting. Her practice is conceptually driven and includes installation, sculpture, video, drawing and writings. Recurring topics in her work are nature, globalization, urbanism and economy. Elmas Deniz is initiator of several artist-run projects, and she is co-editor of the art journal Sanat Dunyamız. Her solo shows in Istanbul “Seeing the Black Panther” was presented at Pilot Gallery (2014) and “Elmas” —where the focus was on poverty— at Macka Art Gallery (2012). With Pilvi Takala, her solo exhibition “On Volatility” was at Galeria Nouva in Bucharest Romania(2007). Her group exhibitions include: 14th Istanbul Biennale, Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms; Every Inclusion is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities, SALT, Istanbul (2015); The Moving Museum Istanbul; We are here because you were/are t(here), Das Weisse Haus, Vienna; Stay With Me, AP, Berlin DE(2014); Unrest of Form, Secession, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, AT(2013). There is No Audience, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain(2009); B-Fact: Black Sea / Baltic Sea / Barensts Sea, Bilgi atelier, Istanbul (2003) among many others. 

About Cinnamon Colomboscope

Cinnamon Colomboscope is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival founded by EUNIC Sri Lanka (Goethe-Institut, British Council and Alliance Française de Kotte). Over the past 4 years the festival has consistently built a platform for contemporary art in Sri Lanka. Now in its fifth edition, this year for the first time the festival is being organised by a local independent team. The Festival supports local and international artists to create engaging, daring work that connects with the world alongside the festival theme, hosted in non-traditional venues. It aims to mobilize communities in Colombo for over a week-long period to engage and interact with thought provoking creative processes. In keeping with Cinnamon Colomboscope’s experimental and innovative trajectory, this year the festival foregrounds the environment and its intersection with arts, culture and innovation.