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İnci Eviner

İnci Eviner: Runaway Girls

SAHA supported the production of İnci Eviner’s new work for her solo show at the Drawing Center (29 May–28 June 2015).

The Drawing Center has commissioned artist İnci Eviner to create a new work, entitled Runaway Girls. Eviner uses repetitive, hypnotically shifting scenes to explore contemporary feminism at the crossroads of the East and West, as well as broader historical narratives and notions of the body and performance. Eviner’s goal for Runaway Girls is to explore the dreams, stories, and fears of girls who have either chosen to run away or were forced to leave their communities, living on the edge of society in Turkey and beyond. Unfolding in a warehouse that is under construction, the film presents fragmented scenes in which gender-ambiguous figures, whose faces are obscured by mysterious drawings, dance, struggle, and chase one another before an endlessly rotating camera. In this video the state of drawing in her practice takes on new dimensions. Eviner says that in Runaway Girls, “drawings take the place of actors and become involved in the story. Drawings demand to be free. They want to tear themselves from the paper.”

About İnci Eviner

İnci Eviner is an artist based in Istanbul. The artist, using various techniques like drawing, photography and video, forms a tension between the space and performing bodies. This tension operates as an artistic approach revealing what is suppressed and breaking the codes. Her video works performing the uncanny on the stage of reason, deal with issues of identity; in particular female identity through social, cultural, historical or political perspectives.
 
 Eviner has participated in numerous group exhibitions including the 4th Asian Art Biennial, Taichung; 13th Istanbul Biennial; 4th Thessaloniki Biennial; 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland; Making Room: The Space Between Two and Three Dimension, MASSMoCA, Massachusetts; Art in the Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Istanbul Traversée, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille and Affinities: New Acquisitions, Deutsche Bank Collection, Deutsche Guggenheim 1997-2007, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. Among the selected solo shows are Broken Manifestos, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Fluxes of Girls on Europe, Galeri Nev, İstanbul and İstanbul Modern; Nouveau Citoyen, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine and Hold, Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo.

About the Drawing Center

The Drawing Center was founded in 1977 by curator Martha Beck (1938–2014). The museum is located in Manhattan's SoHo district, and explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art and creative thought. Its activities, which are both multidisciplinary and broadly historical, include exhibitions; Open Sessions, a curated artist program encouraging community and collaboration; the Drawing Papers publication series; and education and public programs.

Examples of artists whose work was first introduced to a wide public at The Drawing Center are: Terry Winters, Glenn Ligon, Janine Antoni, William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Shahzia Sikander, and Julie Mehretu.