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Everyone Carries a Shadow/Herkes Kendi Gölgesinde Yaşar

September 10, 2013 – October 19, 2013

x-ist, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah. Mumhane Cd., No:50, K:2 34425 Beyoğlu

Turkish photographer Lale Tara exhibits her second solo exhibition at x-ist. Lale Tara’s first solo show ‘Innocent Surrogates’ was exhibited at the Istanbul Modern in 2011.

The current exhibition features a series of 12 photographs, each showing a plastic doll in a different scene. All taken in abandoned places in Hungary and being photographed using only natural light, the constructed scenes attempt to comment on the fears and desires of women – and their positions in a society which often represses them. The title refers to Carl Jung’s doctrine of ‘the shadow of humans’ which suggests that repressed thoughts do not disappear, but stay hidden in a part of the psyche known as ‘the shadow’.

The series takes the idea of the seven deadly sins of Christianity and each photograph represents one or a combination of the sins. Using life-sized plastic sex dolls, the artist poignantly comments on the different ways women have been shamed throughout history. Tara is also known for employing literary references in her work. In ‘I woke up as a replica’ (below), Tara references Kafka’s Metamorphosis, but instead of a man turning into an insect, in Tara’s piece, he wakes up as a sex doll. In ‘Anna K’, Tara references Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, a fictional female character known for her sins.

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