Murat Morova

February 14, 2014 – March 29, 2014

Istanbul-born artist Murat Morova presents his latest series: art-nouveau-like statuettes (above), made from readymade materials, which incorporate industrial waste with figurines of endangered animals – a signpost for a grim future. With his works, Morova wants to bring attention that environmental denigration is our responsibility and ultimately we shape the future of our Earth.

Like in his previous works, Morova cleverly initiates an aesthetic and conceptual dialogue between the East and the West. The figurines make references to hierarchical perspectives in miniatures and the Ottoman tradition of Kat’ı (paper cutting). The compositions of animal-like figures and stains on Morova’s tar drawings evoke the hunting scenes in Ottoman miniatures. The installation (below) Morova produced in his studio refers the bouquets of dehydrated flowers sent from the Holy Land (Arz-ı Mukaddes) during Abdulhamid II’s accession to the throne, which adds a new layer to the artist’s critique of macro politics in Turkey today.

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