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The Land Across The Blind

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan

May 15, 2014 – June 28, 2014

Galeri Manâ, Kemankeş Mahallesi, Ali Paşa Değirmeni Sokak, No 16–18, Karaköy

As per usual, Galeri Mana has a highly conceptual show for us. Hera Büyüktaşçıyan’s first solo exhibition at the gallery uses the relationship between the sea and the land as a metaphor and explores the potential ‘to see beyond the visible’.

Heavily influenced by art history terms and concepts, the exhibition takes its title from the prophecy of the oracle of Delphi that Byzas of Megara will find the new city of Byzance. Building on this prophecy that defines a piece of land by its position ‘across the blind’, Büyüktaşçıyan’s drawings and installations explore the relationship between the visible and the invisible. In Büyüktaşçıyan’s installations, architectural structures such as balconies and docks point to a transitional space between the inside and the outside, the the past and the present, the submarine realm and the surface of the land. Taking the relationship between the land and the sea as a metaphor, the exhibition delves into traces beyond the visible surface of things, the sediments of passing time and the topographic and historical depths of its location, Karaköy and Galata.

A book focusing on Büyüktaşçıyan’s creative process has been published and is available for purchase.

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