Gallery walkabout: Taksim to Cihangir

Interpreting memories and emotions

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | September 22, 2014

This week we are in Taksim and Cihangir for our gallery walk, where three of our favourite galleries are hosting powerful solo/duo shows.

C M Koseman, ‘Errant Head’, 2014, acrylic on art paper, 70 x 100.5 cm


The three galleries we visit are all located on Sıraserviler Caddesi, the street that links Taksim to Cihangir. Past the kebap shops, hotels and bars, the consistently good Empire Project at No 10, is hosting the first solo exhibition of C M Koseman – Unutterable Expressions – in parallel to showcasing the artist at the Unseen Photo Fair, which took place in Amsterdam over the weekend.

C M Koseman, ‘Anoat’, 2014, ink on art paper, 21.5 x 14 cm

Koseman’s paintings and drawings have a distinct style and aim – on the whole – to explore the human psyche and the notion of the conscious and sub-conscious through symbolism and the imagery of archetypes, body parts and animals. These powerful images – some in colour, others in black and white – stay with you long after you leave the gallery.

Michael Anastassiades, ‘Biri Biri, 2014, opaline glass and brass, 30 x 15 x 15 cm


Across the road at No 49, the innovative Rodeo is hosting Doings on Time and Light, an exhibition combining new paintings by the Greek artist Eftihis Patsourakis with a new series of lights and objects designed specially for the show by the Cyprus-born, London-based designer Michael Anastassiades. Always pushing boundaries with their unique shows, Rodeo’s latest is a study in photographic nostalgia, social media, games and magic.

Fikret Atay, ‘The Walking Memories", 2014, 06’19”


Further along at No 81, the pioneering Pilot (main image) is hosting brand-new works by the artist Fikret Atay. After a five-year hiatus, this much-loved artist is back with an exhibition, Paris Village, exploring memory, trauma and the body. The three videos presented in the show each tell their own stories, while also having common narrative ties.

‘The Walking Memories’ is a zombie movie focusing on the return of women to a village. The women’s repetitive behaviour alludes to the continuity of time and compulsiveness of memory, while the idea of returning underlies the notion of incompletion. ‘Giants’ is a post-apocalyptic romance showing repeating images of such archetypal characters and themes as the urban girl, the village boy, impossible love and endless deserts. The third video, ‘Paris Village’ is an absurd black comedy, which takes place in a Turkish village. Symbols coinciding with the name of the village are shown in parallel to the Eiffel Tower being discussed by members of the community. While the elders of the village refuse to acknowledge its existence, the consensus is to turn the tower into a hybrid construction: a minaret equipped with speakers.

Deniz Üster, ‘Beyond is Before’, 2013, Apple Pro-Res HD film, 48’02”, 16:9


Next door, Co-Pilot is hosting a group exhibition of seven artists, each exploring the notion of the relic. Curated by the gallery’s co-founder, Amira Akbıyıkoğlu, 20xx: Relics wants to leave the viewer experiencing the merging of the natural and the artificial, the vertical and the horizontal and the IRL and the URL. Some ambitious works are on display.

Main image: Murat Germen

Key: Blue – The Empire Project, Red – Rodeo, Green – Pilot, Yellow – Co-Pilot

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