“Broken Manifestos” - İnci Eviner at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris

By Cornucopia | January 12, 2011

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(İnci Eviner, New Citizen, 2009) From 13 January until 3 April, the Musée d'Art Moderne will be holding a major display of works by acclaimed Turkish contemporary artist İnci Eviner. A committed feminist, her work deals with the tensions and complexities of being female in a country which straddles east and west, as well as documenting the ongoing social and political changes in her homeland. She studied in Istanbul during the 1980s, and since then she has been widely acclaimed, exhibiting in Turkey, Europe and America. In a piece like New Citizen (above), she subverts the picture-postcard, tourist image of Turkey by taking the still, frozen çintamanı pattern and inserting the moving legs and heads in order to "release the possibility of resistance" in these "timeless frozen images." Elsewhere, her work includes unnerving monochrome images of polymorphous people and creatures (the Stolen Signs series, which was exhibited at Contemporary Istanbul), invoking a world where, as she puts it, "I imagine myself as one of those old-time storytellers – a storyteller, however, who cannot control the story and is eventually swallowed by it." 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

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