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Hera Büyüktaşçıyan

Scenario II, The Optometry Room

SAHA supported the production of Hera Büyüktaşçıyan’s new work for the exhibition “Scenario II, The Optometry Room” at Corridor Project Space, held between 30 June–22 July 2016.

“Every tide has its ebb” is a site-specific intervention by Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, examining the tidal nature of the city as well as how water creates dualities on both physical and virtual levels. White bricks flowing over the ceiling unfold the space like the tidal movement of time and enable a liquified memory to reveal itself within layers. This flux within the space transforms what is concrete into a fluid language, resurfacing hidden urban, social, individual, and political perspectives of time and histories that continue to exist within a wave. The piece becomes a corporeal reminder of these forgotten elements of everyday life and questions the duality and dialectics of geography, politics, urbanism and our own human nature through the infinite virtuality of water. In this framework, “Every tide has its ebb”, which takes its name from a Dutch proverb, refers to the tidal movement between reality and virtuality, visible and invisible politics that define the dynamics of existence and resistance.  All that disappears will eventually resurface.

“A Particular Scenario” is a three-series exhibition in which artists from Turkey and the Netherlands collaborate with a writer.  “A Particular Scenario” focuses on storytelling as a practice of contemporary art and each exhibition explores a different theme, respectively land, water and wind. The project intends to create a personal, aesthetic and political connection between the cities of Amsterdam and Istanbul. 
Christine Bax writes continuous prose that thread and mesh the three exhibitions together. Her text illuminates the extent to which not only the artists, but the viewers too are far more interconnected than initially may have been evident. This text will be published towards the end of September, as the project comes to a close, both in English and Turkish in the book “A Particular Scenario”, along with the research materials and pictures of the exhibition.

About Hera Büyüktaşçıyan

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan (Istanbul, 1984) graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department in 2006. The artist uses the notion of the other and combines it with the concepts of absence and invisibility, in order to compose an imaginary connection between identity, memory, space and time through the other. By using metaphors from local myths, historic and iconographic elements, she opens a new narrative scope for the other. Artist in Residence programmes she has participated in are ACSL, Yerevan (2011); PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul (2012); AIRDrop, Stockholm (2012); Villa Waldberta, Munich (2012–13); Delfina Foundation, London (2014). She lives and works in Istanbul.

About DE KIJKDOOS and Corridor Project Space

Since 2010, DE KIJKDOOS Public Space has served as a cultural cabinet to engage in collaborative cultural production and artistic research of any kind. The space exposed imaginative, absurd and intelligent ideas to a broad public. After 5 years of experience, DE KIJKDOOS gained the opportunity to extend its activities within the Wilhelmina Pakhuis to create a new space where cultural narratives, history and collective memory are shared with the public in a dialogue between contemporary art from Turkey and the Netherlands.