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Elif Uras

September 23, 2016 – November 6, 2016

Galerist, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 67/1, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu


In this solo show, her third at Galerist, the artist Elif Uras presents new paintings and sculptures that reflect on female agency. The female protagonists Uras depicts in her work are within interior or exterior spaces that appear increasingly confined and homosocial, and yet, instead of offering a simplistic view of female objectification, they reveal the complex and nuanced agency of women in today’s global economy as producers and consumers. The line between the private and the public is constantly being redrawn and renegotiated through a multilayered female-driven dialogue between tradition and modernist principles of liberalism and secularism. The exhibition takes its title from a Turkish idiom that describes a state of indeterminacy between dreams and reality, memory and vision, apparitions and actual perception.

Her ceramic sculptures are the stars of the show – they combine the delicate, highly detailed brushwork of traditional tile work with graffiti-like, expressionist patterns of spray paint resulting in a personalised visual language. The exhibition, as well as the entire spatial installation, reflects the female body and its powers of creation, and is punctuated with traditional architectural and decorative elements such as a site-specific niche lined with voluptuous vessels.


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