CANAN’s Turkish Delight at x-ist

CANAN’s Turkish Delight at x-ist


CANAN, Turkish Delight I, Photography, 70 x 100 cm, 5 ed. + 1 AP, 2011
December 21, 2011

22 December 2011–21 January 2012

Abdi İpekçi Caddesi
Kaşıkçıoğlu Apt. No:42 D:2
34365 Nişantaşı, İstanbul, Turkey
T +90 212 291 77 84
F +90 212 343 69 35

Lyrics of the song that is a part of the video are written by the artist, who answers the Orientalist perspective daringly, and recorded together with the artist group Hazavuzu.

The miniatures that are chosen by the artist with conscious precision, and their visual presentation accompanied by deep symbolism, help us as an instrument to “ease” the reading. In her works titled “Ortunme Toreni” (The Veil Ceremony) and “Avrehan”, CANAN questions the authority of the rulership mechanisms like government, religion, society and family upon the person and the body, in detail.

From the usage of frames of the paintings to the choice of color for the gallery walls, from the lyrics that accompany the oriental dance to the setup and illumination of the space, the show takes an approach that guards itself and reaches the viewer. The exhibit can be seen till January 21st, 2012 at x-ist.

Text: Esra Sarıgedik Öktem
Translation: Alp Saldamlı
İstanbul, 1970
After graduating from Marmara University, Fine Arts Faculty (Istanbul), CANAN opened her first solo show, Even a Cat Has a Mustache at x-ist in 2010. She won many awards and participated in residency programs in Germany and the USA.  Among her exhibitions are Bashfulness (Performance, Platform Art Center, Istanbul, 2007 and Center Pompidou, Paris, 2010), Bahname (Masa Project, Istanbul, 2007), Behind the Curtains (Festival De Rode, Amsterdam, 2006), Finally in You’re in Me (İstanbul, 2000 and “New Works, New Horizons”, İstanbul Modern Museum, İstanbul 2009), “Confessions of Dangerous Minds” (Saatchi Gallery, London, UK) and Dream and Reality (İstanbul Modern Museum, 2011). CANAN participated in Contemporary Istanbul 08, 09, 10 and 11, IFCA 13th International Festival of Computer Arts (Maribor), 9th International Istanbul Biennial Hospitality Zone, Scope Basel 2009, 11th International Istanbul Biennial, ART HK’10 (Hong Kong International International Art Fair) and Art Dubai 2011. She took place in the Sotheby’s 2009 and 2010, Contemporary Turkish Art Auctions in London. CANAN is featured in the book “Unleashed: Contemporary Art From Turkey” first published in 2010.

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