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ARTER hosts British artist Mat Collishaw’s first solo exhibition in Turkey. Curated by Başak Doğa Temür, 18 works dating from the 1990s to the present are on display, including a video installation funded by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, which the artist has produced exclusively for this exhibition.
Collishaw, part of the Young British Artists – a group of visual artists that have been exhibiting in London since 1988 and include such contemporary paragons as Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin – has been shocking spectators for over 20 years. He is known for exploring the darker side of human nature and often employs seductive images in order to tackle such concepts as despair, disease and evil.
The exhibition’s title is term used to describe a specific optical illusion, whereby an image continues to exist even after the simulation ends. In this sense, the term ‘Afterimage’ could be thought of as a key concept in understanding Collishaw’s visual approach. The selection of Collishaw’s photographs, sculptures and installations in this exhibition use light, surface and projection in unconventional ways. For example, in the ‘Garden of Unearthly Delights’, Collishaw plays with stage tools such as flashers and spotlights, as well as using UV lamps and scanner lights to produce a dazzling work.
The artist also borrows from various elements of nature: butterflies, birds or flowers, to name a few. ‘The Venal Muse’ pays homage to Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil), a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire and features diseased flowers made of artificial resin.