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Inspired by the Japanese art kintsugi, Sarkis invents a special technique to fragment and re-combine in different forms a collection of materials; photographs of Istanbul, of certain graffitis in the city’s streets that he took, a reproduction of Aliye Berger’s Fire (1955) in stained glass and some of his older works such as the Çaylak Street, now on display at Arter’s ‘What Time is It?’
Sarkis’s artistic practice draws upon the artist’s relationship with the past, present and future. In UNTITLED, he embarks upon what seems to be an improvised attempt to give form to a future that only reveals itself in fragments. Hence, Sarkis fragments and disfigures, recombines and intertwines materials such as light, glass, wood, threads; and media such as photography, neon, video, stained glass.
Each piece in the exhibition recalls another, supports, rests against another: to unite. UNTITLED is where meticulously chosen fragments of memory are placed within a space and time. With this exhibition, Sarkis offers an opportunity to have a glimpse at today through stories told from history.
The exhibition will open on September 10 at Dirimart Dolapdere.
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