Hayal Pozantı
09 March 2017–22 April 2017 | Dirimart Nişantaşı

Hayal Pozantı
Hayal Pozantı

The exhibition consists of paintings inspired by the history and the statistics of information technologies in Turkey.

In her work, Pozantı reveals her own cipher system, titled Instant Paradise, whereby numbers and letters from the English language are replaced by her own iconic alphabet. The alphabet emerged in relation to data encoding, which has become more prominent through the artist’s generation. Through this, she converts phrases into abstract visual compositions. Now that the mass media has considerably shortened the time required to become familiar with an image, Pozantı is looking for ways to extend this timeframe, in others words to reverse it to the old “normal.” This language that reproduces itself in countless combinations, invites the audience to pursue the patterns, which are unknown at first sight, yet evoke familiarity in time as they are repeated.

Hayal Pozantı’s paintings, which are in dialogue with digital application icons, animations, and graphic designs, offer a wide range of colors. The exhibition titled .tr, where the artist sheds light on the various milestones of the history of the information technologies in Turkey, invites the audience to contemplate the colorful compositions, which are encrypted and waiting to be deciphered. In this new series of paintings created with Instant Paradise, a selection of significant dates such as the year IBM launched its business in Turkey, or the year of the first internet connection as well as some statistical information such as the percentage of the households with internet access is hidden.

2017, acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 152.4 x 152.4 cm
76 (Percentage of residences with internet accesses in Turkey)
2017, acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 152.4 x 152.4 cm
1963 (The year hat the first on campus computer, the IBM 1620, was installed at the Istanbul technical University)
2017, acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 152.4 x 335.3 cm
1960 (The year that Turkey's first computer, IBM 650, was acquired by the Ministry of Transportation)
2017, acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 101.6 x 101.6 cm
82 (Percentage of people in Turkey whose primary use of internet is to create social media profile, sending messages and share content)