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Inci Eviner’s work “Harem” was first shown in 2009 in the Istanbul Traversée Exhibition in Lille. The video takes inspiration from an engraving called the “Harem” which was depicted in Antoine Ignace Melling’s album created when visiting Istanbul upon the invitation of Sultan Selim the Third, towards the end of the 18th century. Through Harem, Eviner questions the Orientalist tendencies of the period and the illustration of women as if they are thrown out of time. The video articulates these women beyond being objects of knowledge and gives them a voice to push them to reveal whatever they hide.
Inci Eviner was born in Ankara in 1956. Her sculptures, installations, videos and paintings make her one of the most prominent artists of Turkish art. After the completion of her education in Istanbul State Conservatory, Eviner started her professional art career during which she featured in worldwide shows including Istanbul, Venice and New York. Her paintings reflect an abstract expression and symbolism, whereas her performances and videos feaure wide spaces and walls through which she focuses on political, cultural and historical perspectives on the articulation of women’s identity. She lives and continues her works in Istanbul where she inspires new generations of artists.
Works by ceramic artist will be on diplay at Galeri Nev Istanbul from 7 December and 12 January. Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye will meet with artlovers in Istanbul after a six-years break. The exhibition presents 17 works produced only in red and yellow colour scheme. Shaping the stoneware; the oldest form we know in history, she not only brings together the soil and colour but also turns these into contemporary art objects. Ebüzziya’s stoneware ceramics which are considered as unique in terms of their technical mastery will shed light on the artist’s 60-year artistic career.
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