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Because We Are Here Where We Are Not

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan and TUNCA

September 7, 2016 – October 29, 2016

Kasa Galeri, Bankalar Caddesi 2, Karaköy, Istanbul


The artists Hera Büyüktaşçıyan and TUNCA did lots of wandering around Istanbul for this exhibition. Focused on the theme of the city and its architecture as conveyors of collective memory, the show came out of the artists’ experience of getting lost in the city, discovering its ancient borders and thresholds, and exploring the meaning of these places. Their works reveal the plurality and commonality of individual relationships formed with the city, as opposed to the visuality or nostalgia that the city creates.

In her site-specific installation titled ‘Crooked Gate I, II and Threshold’, Büyüktaşçıyan focuses on the Minerva Han, the building that the gallery is housed in, and its role as a historical, political and symbolic witness. Meanwhile, TUNCA’s drawings titled ‘Rotunda I, II, III’ possess a symbolic duality, looking at buildings from the inside out and vice versa. Together, the artists invite the viewer to rethink her relationship with the city, and to search for the invisible beyond the physical, beyond the borders and thresholds.


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