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Güneş Terkol, “The Girl Was Not There”

Titled “Live Uncertainty”, the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo means to reflect on the current conditions of life and the strategies offered by contemporary art to harbor or inhabit uncertainty. The exhibition is held from September 7 to December 11, 2016 at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, featuring approximately 90 artists and collectives.

Güneş Terkol is invited to the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo curated by Jochen Volz and co-curated by Gabi Ngcobo, Júlia Rebouças, Lars Bang Larsen and Sofía Olascoaga. SAHA provided support for the production of the new work “The Girl Was Not There” by Güneş Terkol.

Güneş Terkol challenges imaginaries related to the feminine based on personal or collective histories shared by women at workshops organized as part of her research and work process. Embroidering, a practice culturally attributed to the domestic setting and the labor of women, takes on public and political layers in her production. At the 32nd Bienal, she presents the series “Couldn’t Believe What She Heard” (2015) and “The Girl Was Not There” (2016). In the former, Terkol creates images in which elements related to the stereotype of the ‘feminine world’ – polished fingernails, hair, shoes – are contrasted with fragments of bodies whose sex is undefined, in an open montage. While the latter series reclaims the mystical and idyllic character of nature. The coloring comes from organic materials such as onions, tobacco leaves, avocados and beets, composing landscapes or scenes that blend ornamental elements, empty frames and invented figures. The fabric used by Terkol subverts the apparent fragility of the works and their transparency allows us to glimpse the compositions, multiplying and deconstructing the imaginaries of the feminine and nature.

About Güneş Terkol

Gunes Terkol was born in Ankara in 1981 and currently lives and works in Istanbul. One of the members of the Ha Za Vu Zu artist collective, Güneş Terkol illuminates the communication between sexual identities through the use of textile products and techniques in her works. Among Güneş Terkol’s solo exhibitions are: Frieze Frame, Frieze Art Fair, London, (2012); The Main Forces That Stir Up Action, NON, Istanbul, (2012); They Were Trying To Climb Against The Current, NON, Istanbul, (2010); No Ceremony For Transition, Apartment Project, Istanbul, (2008). Terkol participated in the ISCP New York artist residency program in 2013, Organ Haus, Chongqinq, China in 2011, and Gasworks, London artist residency program in 2010.

About the Bienal de São Paulo

The Bienal de São Paulo was founded by the Italian-Brazilian industrialist Ciccillo Matarazzo (1898–1977). Since 1957, the Bienal de São Paulo has been held in the Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion in the Parque do Ibirapuera. The pavilion was designed by a team led by architects Oscar Niemeyer and Hélio Uchôa, and provides an exhibition space of 30,000 m².