SAHA provides production and publication support for Leylâ Gediz’s project, Layer From Background, at TECLA Play, held on 8 April – 14 May 2022. Invited by TECLA PLAY Cultural Association, artist Leylâ Gediz presents an installation of paintings in the interior gallery of a building by the architect Bartolomeu Costa Cabral, in the turbulent square of Martim Moniz, which has been cut off from the square over time and plunged into silence. The exhibition, which can be reached by walking up the ramp on the building’s façade allows the site to be visited, and the architecture to function as the public space it was designed to be.
Leylâ Gediz (1974 Istanbul, Turkey) lives and works in Lisbon. She completed her MA in Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College (London, 1999) and a BA in Fine Art (Painting) at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (London, 1998). She had solo exhibitions in Istanbul, Los Angeles, Zurich, Helsinki and Amsterdam. Gediz holds an important place in Turkey for her innovative research into painting as a contemporary practice. Her work has been widely exhibited and is included in prestigious public and private collections such as Istanbul Modern, Arter (Istanbul), ARCO Foundation (Spain) and Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven).