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WE @ 31 Kilo, Istanbul


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31KiLO is an exhibition and cooperation project between the Space Istanbul and Künstlerhaus Dortmund. Four artists from Turkey meet four artists from Germany, they work together for two exhibitions in two different spaces, one in Istanbul and one in Dortmund.

For the exhibition in Istanbul, I produced a thread installation stretching black elastic threads between the letters W and E, formed with hooks on diagonal walls, to form the word 'WE'. During times we felt very divided in my country as citizens, I wanted to make a work that questions the concepts of division and unity.
"WE" exists in the space, and only the connection between the letters make the word readable. The action of connecting its components gives the word its meaning.

...with all the changes that loomed far behind the horizon @ mars istanbul, 02-22nd may 2013

http://marsistanbul.net/2013/04/with-all-the-changes-that-loomed-far-behind-the-horizon/


Participants: Gizem Akkoyunoğlu, Tufan Baltalar, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Elmas Deniz, Mehmet Dere, Yunus E.Erdoğan, Elif Erkan, Özge Ersoy, Özgül Kılınçarslan, Erden Kosova, Esra Okyay, Önder Özengi, Sümer Sayın, Ahmet H. Soydemir , Gökçe Süvari, Merve Şendil, Vahit Tuna, Berkay Tuncay, Merve Ünsal, Çiğdem Zeytin, Didem Yazıcı, Ezgi Yakın, Orhan Yıldız, Serra Tansel, Curator: Borga Kantürk

"ONE" by Sümer Sayın, Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery, Madrid


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 Parade, Video

Inflation, Woven money bills




 The world is round and The Country of Transition, Acrylic on canvas




 I Want the World to Stop, Sculpture
 2,5 D, Woven world maps


 The Stars, Machine embroidery on fabric



 Intervals, Ink on paper
The Country of Transition, Acrylic on canvas

‘ONE’, by Sümer Sayın at Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery

The gallery welcomes 2013 with a show by an emergent Turkish artist.

The title of the exhibition, 'ONE' refers to unity, as well as loneliness. Unity in the sense of how we want to see the world today and loneliness as how we end up seeing it in reality.

Sümer Sayın deconstructs elements of individual entities. Her work focuses on the moments when the concepts of indeterminacy, probability, relativity and hope intersect, dealing with mental probabilities created from the indefinite systems, which are in the process of construction and can give access to new perceptions. Working with maps, flags, bills, sculpture, video and other media, Sayın proposes reformulated versions of representations of human knowledge.

This is the case of the piece that opens the exhibition: Parade, a video in which the 60 largest economies in the world according to the IMF, march one after the other. The countries appear in a globe in alphabetical order, one by one, like actors in a military parade. The pieces of land, isolated from their context and completely surrounded by a single ocean, come and go. By this decontextualization, hidden relationships and contrasts between different types of power become more visible. 

The world and its representation also appears on the three acrylic paintings that comprises the series Maps of Transition. In The World is Round and in The World of Transition Sayın builds her own utopia bringing together continents and countries while maintaining their own identities. Probabilities that Sayin manipulates, placing them together in successive moments or layers, can be delusional at times, while at other times they are hopeful, and thus create dilemmas. In 'The Country of Transition', the map of Turkey is re-formulated as duplicated horizontal lines, rotating angles borders.

The exhibition continues with the sculpture I want the world to stop, a piece that is an imaginary illustration of the collision between an unknown object that looks like a meteorite and the planet Earth. The meteorite is larger than the Earth, practicing in the collision as an outside force that could result poetically in the stop of its movement and time instead of an explosion, and considering the balance as a kind of equation that could be reformulated in different circumstances, as opposed to a constant location.

Sümer Sayın explores the fragility of the process of re-construction in 2,5 D and Inflation. In the first one Sayın weaves by hand a new map of the world from two identical maps on paper and in the process adds a new layer to the two dimensions of the paper through the bending of it, creating movements and making borders appear blurry or displaced. In Inflation, two identical bills of 5 Turkish Liras undergo the same process, but in this case referring to globalization of the world and re-building a single bill that artificially and ironically doubles its value.

With the drawings on graph paper Intervals, the world map is re-formulated by an analogous method where new connections and disruptions between borders is built, while in The Country of Transition, the map of Turkey is re-formulated as duplicated horizontal lines, rotating angles borders. The space between the lines corresponds to land. The restructuring of the borders, thus creates exits to the left and right of the image.

The exhibition is completed with Sayin’s latest piece, The Stars, where the artist, deconstructing the flags of all countries and arranging them in alphabetical order, creates a large flag only consisting of white stars on a black background. The union of the flags relocated recreates an abstracted reflection of national borders that fade into the darkness to leave us a starry night scene of an unnatural appearance, which refers to the dream of one world under the sky.








Island of Escape @ Sinopale 4

For Sinopale 4, during my 2 week stay in Sinop, I produced a project titled The Island of Escape in which I worked on a semi-fictional and semi-documentary idea/dream of escape at the northest point of Turkey, Inceburun, towards the little rock island split from the land. The pointy land towards the north, almost like an arrow, and the boat-sized island appearing and disappearing under the waves created a poetic reality of 'the far', making a paradox visible: being vulnerable at the edge, as well as feeling free.  (The best condition for dreaming is perhaps when we don't find the way out. ) 
The flag I designed refers to a pirate flag with a north sign of it and is inspired by the old Ottoman boat flags (pic). Considering the importance of Sinop throughout the history, the flag and many other elements of the work (like the image of island in relation to the government's project of turning Sinop into an island; the specific location in relation to the nuclear powerplant project), in this context, say something about today. Today when Sinop and almost every place in Turkey are in danger of losing their identities due to the loss of natural and historical values... 
Many thanks to all supporters.
Please visit: www.sinopale.org 


Sinopale 4 için, Sinop'ta kaldığım 2 haftalık sürede, Kaçış Adası isimli bir proje gerçekleştirdim. Türkiye'nin en kuzey noktası İnceburun'da, karadan ayrılmış küçük bir kayalık adaya doğru yönlenen yarı-kurgusal ve yarı-belgesel bir kaçış fikri/hayali üzerine çalıştım. Kuzeye doğru ok gibi uzanan sivri kara parçası ve dalgaların altında kaybolup tekrar beliren tekne boyutundaki ada 'uzaklara' dair şiirsel bir gerçeklik yarattı; ve uçta olmanın getirdiği kırılganlık ve savunmasızlığa karşın aynı anda hissedilen özgürlük duygusu paradoksunu ortaya çıkardı. (Hayal kurabilmek için en iyi şart belki de çıkışı bulamadığımız zamanlardır.)
Osmanlı kalyon sancaklarından aldığım ilhamla tasarladığım bayrak üzerinde kuzey işareti olan bir korsan bayrağını anımsatıyor. Tarih boyunca Sinop'un önemini göz önüne aldığımızda, sancağın ve işteki bir çok farklı elemanın (hükümetin Sinop'u adaya çevirme projesine istinaden ada imgesi; nükleer reaktör projesiyle ilişkili olarak kullanılan spesifik mekan gibi) burada kullanılan bağlamıyla günümüze ait bir söylemi var. Bu da Sinop -ve Türkiye'nin neredeyse her yerinin- doğal ve tarihi değerlerini ve kimliğini kaybetme tehlikesiyle karşı karşıya olması.Destek olan herkese teşekkürler.
Lütfen bkz: www.sinopale.org



 


I prepared an encyclopedic information brochure about the island.
Ada hakkında ansiklopedik bilgi broşürü hazırladım.


The drawings are a series of maps of the area. Each of them are almost identical except that the location and the shape of the island varies.

Desen serisinde ise bölgenin haritası yer alıyor. Her harita, adanın konumu ve formunun farklılıklar taşıması dışında birbirinin aynısı.

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