Ranging from drawing and video to performative and collaborative practices, Inci Eviner’s large body of work comprises multi-layered pieces that originate from drawings. Especially in her works where power and representation politics on the female body are addressed, Eviner examines how the subjectivity is formed. On the other hand, the complex relationships that the artist establishes between video technologies and traditional painting suggest a different form of perception. Drawing is central to Eviner’s works; she defines the point of departure of her practice as “expressions made through lines on paper.” She builds and constantly enriches her artistic approach, strolling through a boundless visual language ranging from art historical allegories, iconographies, illustrations, and mythologies to contemporary ideograms and pictograms. Eviner has developed a unique mode of expression regarding the different states of womanhood, gender, and the politics of identity in their collective, political, and sociocultural aspects. Investigating the historical, discursive, and unconscious processes that influence our views of identity starting in childhood, the artist defines womanhood as a field of limitless possibility that does not fit any single image or concept. Exploring the quotidian gestures, Eviner not only questions, but also challenges the modes of representation and the prohibitions that engender these representations.
Inci Eviner (b. 1956, Ankara) graduated from the Painting Department of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts and completed her PhD at the same university. She represented Turkey at the 58th Venice Biennale, Turkish Pavilion in 2019. She held a comprehensive retrospective show in 2016 at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. Eviner’s solo exhibitions include the Drawing Center, New York (2015); Espace Chatelain, Brussels (2013); Musée d’Art, Paris (2011); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009); MAC/VAL; and Vitry-sur-Seine (2009). Group exhibitions and biennials include; British Museum, London (2019-2020); Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, London (2018-2019); Liverpool Biennial (2018); Q21 Exhibition Space, Museums Quartier Wien (2018); Gwangju Biennial (2018); Municipal Museum of Jena (2018) and the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013). She received the Sharjah Biennial 13 Prize in 2017. The artist has been invited to a number of artist residencies including Rauschenberg Foundation, Florida (2017); SAM Art Projects (2010) and Leube, Salzburg (2005). Eviner’s works have been included in international collections such as the Deutsche Bank Collection, Centre Pompidou Paris, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim New York and TBA21 Vienna. She is a lecturer at the Kadir Has University, Faculty of Art and Design. She lives and works in Istanbul.