Never Never Land
06 September 2022–30 September 2022 | Dirimart

Vortic

Dirimart is pleased to present the group exhibition Never Never Land on Vortic held in September 6–30. Bringing together selected works from Nuri Bilge Ceylan, İnci Eviner, Cihan Öncü, Güçlü Öztekin, Sarkis and Nasan Tur, the exhibition takes the idea of childhood as its centre with the aim of exploring subconsciousness through the lens of emotions. The artists explore views of childhood memories as a transmission, trauma and uncertainty despite their innocence and joy.

Seen as a protected period of life, childhood is the threshold of becoming an adult and usually spent with feelings of disturbance, intimidation, etc. Looking at childhood through the lens of Nuri Bilge Ceylan evokes the innocence that we have all lost. In her practice,

İnci Eviner examines subjectivity which describes our sense of being in the world. Eviner’s works invite us to rethink childhood subjectivity by visual language ranging from art historical allegories, iconographies, illustrations, and mythologies to contemporary ideograms and pictograms.

Cihan Öncü, who created his From Still Life photography series reflecting on his childhood memories states: “As much as these shots are dynamic, joyful and playful, they also refer to a vulnerable world.”

Güçlü Öztekin who is known for his large-scale works created with materials, such as styrofoam and kraft paper gives a nod to the materials we used to play around with as children. According to Öztekin, the artwork is in its most crude form until it is exhibited; ironically with this exhibition, artworks will lose their immaturity just like children do eventually.

With Timbres from Rainbow, Sarkis adopts an approach that envelops time, memory, and identity together with a childlike gesture, applying his signature gesture of coloring with his own fingers.

In his work In My Pants, Nasan Tur appears to stand in a neutral space, motionless. The image, apparently a still photographic picture, starts moving with traces of wetness expanding from the inner part of his pants. The image, apparently a still photographic picture, starts moving with traces of wetness expanding from the inner part of his pants. This time Tur chooses to break the stereotype of the artist persona as an outstanding person by staging a “pants wetting” scene, a situation identified with failure and fear.

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