18 January 2017–19 February 2017 | Dirimart


Co-curator: Ceren Erdem

Dirimart is pleased to announce MIRROR, an exhibition by Sarkis conceived together by Ceren Erdem. In MIRROR, a space for refractions, proliferation, screams, and silence open as the artist’s timeless works from different periods that mark the time encounter the new works for this exhibition.

Placing the theory of memory at the core of his practice, Sarkis is introducing a layered critical view of today’s social and political issues by inviting various witnesses from the history to the exhibition. The works transform the art’s faculty of bringing the traces of the past to the present into the competence in conjuring up the future through artistic production. A battle scene from the 15th century and the responding lightning provoke the gallery as they transmute into neon installations. In this space, golden rainbows, images of which histories are touched by Kintsugi technique, moments captured and enlightened by stained glasses, spoils of war coated with lipstick convene and live in a mirror. And many photographs witnessing this confrontation integrate with the faces staring at them and reflect our world like a giant mirror.

2003, neon, modeling clay, lead, wax and voltage, transformer on drawing board, Plexiglas box, 16 x 57 x 66 cm
Atelier Villejuif in Flourescent Colors
2017, lipstick, battleship model, mirror, concrete block
Bismarck in Lipstick
2015, 23k gold leaf on wrought iron, 95 x 175 x 2 cm
Rainbow (Calm)
2017, neon, 180 x 316 cm
Spears of San Romano
2017, neon, 274 x 432 cm