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Mythos and Utopia

Burçak Bingöl

February 28, 2017 – April 29, 2017

Zilberman Gallery and Project Space, Mısır Apt, İstiklâl Cad 163, Floors 2 & 3, D5 & 10, Galatasaray, Beyoğlu, 34433 İstanbul


Burçak Bingöl’s latest exhibition is derived from the description of Istanbul as being caught between the ‘mythos of the East and the utopia of the West’ in Ekrem Işın’s book Everyday Life in Istanbul (Yapı Kredi, 2003). It is the last chapter in a series at Zilberman Gallery that began with her Cabinet of Curiosities (2011) and A Carriage Affair (2014). The artist has now settled in Istanbul after having lived in Ankara and New York. Here she looks back at the city’s history as well as its ceramic heritage, and constructs a new landscape through a blend of memory and material.

Known for her ceramics work, Bingöl also uses this exhibition as a chance to rethink the ceramics that were made in the region previously. Mythos and Utopia creates an experimental scenery in which decorative fragments, objects and time overlap and become interlaced. Through repetition and time, image and object begin to reflect one another. While a site-specific clay application from an İznik tile panel from the Topkapı Palace comes apart and is resurrected on the walls of the gallery, traditional ceramic forms suggest and adopt new forms – and non-forms – to create a unique diorama.


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