Nil Yalter curates exhibition about women, body politics.
On display at the Galerist art space in ystanbul's TepebaE-y neighborhood until June 21, "Carte Blanche to Nil Yalter" features photos and videos by Mary Beth Edelson from America; Didem Erk, Yasemin Euzcan and Dilek Winchester from Turkey; Berlin-based Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar; Helene Hourmat from France; Birgit JE-rgenssen from Austria; and sculptor Sigalit Landau from Israel.
The photography series in the exhibition are Edelson's "Body Works," which examines the power of women through goddess figures; Hourmat's "The Stamp Boy," which uses art history and fashion photos to delve into the representation of women and the female body; Forouhar's "Swanrider," which takes inspiration from the fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling"; and photos by JE-rgenssen that explore the use of the female body as an area for cultural and psychic writing.
The videos are Landau's "Barbed Hula," showing the artist on a beach, nude, hula hooping a piece of barbed wire, revealing the unseen limits of the body; and Erk's "Walking Around the Perimeter of a Circle," where the artist makes use of the concepts of repetition and abstraction to question the notion of existence. Euzcan presents her video "KoE-" (Run), where she turns a journey she embarked on to gain her freedom into an experimental work about the female body, and Winchester establishes a connection between the human body and language in her video, the exhibition's only work that refers to the female reproductive organ without actually showing any body parts.
The exhibition offers an alternative representational perspective about the female body by exploring the concepts of gender and the sense of belonging to something as well as sociopolitical codes and roles.
(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN
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