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İnci Eviner Retrospective: Who’s Inside You?

June 22, 2016 – November 27, 2016

Istanbul Modern, Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, Antrepo No. 4, Tophane, Istanbul

This retrospective of the work of İnci Eviner at Istanbul Modern surveys the artist’s creative process from the 1980s to the 2010s. Curated by Levent Çalıkoğlu, the exhibition displays the artist’s rich search for expression, ranging from drawings to paintings, video works to installations, photography to sculpture. Eviner’s artistic output is not arranged chronologically, but through a nonlinear positioning of past and recent works, and even incorporates the exhibition space itself.

Eviner is a pioneering artist who has been influential in the transformation of Turkish contemporary art, and who has developed a unique mode of expression regarding female identity in its collective, political and sociocultural aspects. Investigating the historical, discursive and unconscious narratives that influence our views of women starting at a young age, the artist defines womanhood not as encompassed by a single image but as a field of limitless imagination. Proceeding from the daily gestures of women of all ages, Eviner questions the modes of representation judged appropriate for them and the prohibitions that prevent the actualisation of a woman’s fullest potential.

At the centre of Eviner’s work is line drawing. She builds and constantly enriches her world of images, strolling through a visual language of countless possibilities and borrowing from a wide range of sources: art historical allegories, iconographies, illustrations, mythologies, and contemporary ideograms and pictograms. Weaving together the violence at the heart of the beautiful, the potential of the repressed and the unmatched creativity of the unconscious, her compositions appear simultaneously contemporary and timeless.

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