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Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, "From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars"

From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars

SAHA provides production support for Hera Büyüktaşçıyan who is invited to produce a site-specific work in dialogue with the remains of the Roman arch in Borgo Vergini-Sanita, for the second edition of the project Underneath the Arches, held in Naples from December 1, 2018 to May 26, 2019.

From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars examines the visible and invisible layers of Napoli, which is an aquatic city, not only by its water architecture and groundwater but also by its fluid structure that engages multiple timetables with each other. It creates a new organism by bringing together the lost and found and traces the tiles in the various living and public spaces around the Sanità region, which are surrounded by ancient ruins and aqueducts.

With this site-specific intervention, Büyüktaşçıyan creates a sense of a forgotten source that has flooded the space and creates a sharp division between its surface and its underneath. At this point, From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars invites the audience to both watch a re-emerged virtual water path from above and encourages them to stroll underneath it by creating a sense of a virtual sky beneath them.

About Hera Büyüktaşçıyan

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan (1984, Istanbul) 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. Some of the selected shows she has participated in are Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018); FIAC, Hors les Murs, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France (2017); Write Injuries on Sand and Kindness in Marble, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2017); Freundschaftsspiel Istanbul: Freiburg, Musum fur Neue Kunst, Germany (2016); A Particular Scenario, Scenario II, The Optometry Room, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, Hollanda (2016); Once There was a Country, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany (2015); Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2015); Tuzlu Su, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2015); Armenity, Armenian Pavillion, 56th Venice Biennial, Italy (2015).

About Underneath the Arches

Underneath the Arches is a contemporary art event in the archaeological site of the Roman ruins of the town of Borgo Vergini-Sanità in Naples. Underneath the Arches, organized under the artistic direction of Chiara Pirozzi and Alessandra Troncone and in collaboration with Associazione VerginiSanità, aims to establish a relationship between archeology and contemporary art by establishing a relationship between local material, spiritual culture, and international artists. Topics of the project; water and its flow; the existence of historical layers and multifaceted narratives; the figures and materials that characterize the space and the relations of the region with the neighborhood.