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Bashir Borlakov: Fictional Reality

April 2009

As Halil Altındere puts it: "Bashir has worked with photography since the beginning of his practice, constantly pushing the limits of this medium. The performative fictional photographs he takes are composed of occasionally autobiographic and absurd synergies, which are in fact mostly inspired by daily life. He has in the last few years been producing a series of photographs that are shaped under a shared concept and format. He creates photographic fictional compositions originating from the new capitalist life formed in his ex-socialist country in 1991. The first of these is the 'Panoramas' series which he produced in his hometown Karaçayevsk. And the more recent, is a collection of fiction-assemblage panoramas that he displayed in his first solo exhibition in Gallery nev, Istanbul in April 2009. This new group of eight photographs reflects a period when he went back to his hometown in Russia, after ten years to the place where he spent his childhood and early adolescence years. The discursive, liguistic and aesthetic differences found within these photographs have drawn much attention to Bashir's work."

ISBN: 9783868950359
80 pages