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Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, “Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky”

Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky

SAHA provides production support for Hera Büyüktaşçıyan’s solo exhibition “Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky” at ifa-Galerie Berlin, held between March 29–June 30, 2019.

The exhibition comprises newly commissioned works that poetically explore what migration, cultural heritage, belonging and displacement mean. The project is inspired by a floor mosaic in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum known as the Alexandrine Parakeet Mosaic (160–150 BC) that was taken from the ancient Palace of Pergamon (now Bergama in Turkey). While the provenance and ownership of antiquities and colonial artefacts is currently debated extensively in academia and museum circles—this forms the political backdrop to the project—Büyüktaşcıyan broadens these notions and takes us on a journey that traverses time and place by touching on universal sensibilities such as loss, identity, and history. The exhibition title alludes to the neighbourhood adjacent to the Pergamon excavation site, where some of the houses are built on a bridge, thus appearing to be suspended between earth and sky, like a bird perched on a tree. The figure of the Alexandrine parakeet is a motif that resonates throughout the works. It bears witness to change and the way in which this once powerful and glorious city has now been transformed into a populous urban centre, which still retains traces of its past. In this respect, the bird occupies a time and space that is liminal space, neither on the ground, nor in the sky, neither in the past nor in the present. Through video, sculptures and mixed media installations Büyüktaşcıyan offers us in Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky a temporality that is non-linear, a place that is liminal, and allows us to travel through history while turning us to our unruly present.

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 Underneath the Arches, Naples, Italy (2018); 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 ifa Galleries

The ifa galleries in Stuttgart and Berlin showcase contemporary art, architecture and design from transition and developing countries in particular. The topics vary depending on the country and political relevance, and they range from climate protection and the culture of memory to colonial history. The exhibitions are accompanied by events, workshops and public programmes.