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Bashibazouk Vol. 2

November 21, 2013 – January 11, 2014

The Empire Project, Defterdar Yokuşu No 35, Cihangir, Istanbul

The second edition of the ‘Bashibazouk’ exhibitions showcases works from four artists working in a variety of mediums from sculpture to digital design to photography.

‘Bashibazouk’ takes its title from the term which describes irregular soldiers of the Ottoman army who functioned as scouts to destabilise the opposing army until the 19th century when they were disbanded for disruptive behaviour. In an attempt to re-visit the concept as a satire of the human condition in contemporary culture, the artists who were selected for this exhibition all display an unsubmissive, exploratory and risk-taking streak in their works.

There’s somewhat unsettling grey-and-white digital prints of deformed and abstracted body parts from Istanbul-based conceptual artist Can Pekdemir; miniature sculptures and drawings that call to mind a surreal horror film from Banu Birecikligil; prints of characters that have flowers for heads from Madrid-based artist Filippos Tsitsopoulos; and a sexually-charged felt piece from SENA.

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