TODAY’S – Nil Yalter curates exhibition about women, body politics

Nil Yalter curates exhibition about women, body politicsParis-based Turkish artist Nil Yalter is presenting works by eight female artists in an exhibition she is curating in Istanbul that discusses how the female body has been reduced to a form of political discussion.On display at the Galerist art space in Istanbul’s TepebaII neighborhood until June 21, “Carte Blanche to Nil Yalter” features photos and videos by Mary Beth Edelson from America Didem Erk, Yasemin zcan and Dilek Winchester from Turkey Berlin-based Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar Hélène Hourmat from France Birgit Jurgenssen from Austria and sculptor Sigalit Landau from Israel.

The photography series in the exhibition are Edelson’s “Body Works,” which examines the power of women through goddess figures Hourmat’s “The Stamp Boy,” which uses art history and fashion photos to delve into the representation of women and the female body Forouhar’s “Swanrider,” which takes inspiration from the fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling” and photos by Jurgenssen that explore the use of the female body as an area for cultural and psychic writing.The videos are Landau’s “Barbed Hula,” showing the artist on a beach, nude, hula hooping a piece of barbed wire, revealing the unseen limits of the body and Erk’s “Walking Around the Perimeter of a Circle,” where the artist makes use of the concepts of repetition and abstraction to question the notion of existence.

zcan presents her video “KoI” (Run), where she turns a journey she embarked on to gain her freedom into an experimental work about the female body, and Winchester establishes a connection between the human body and language in her video, the exhibition’s only work that refers to the female reproductive organ without actually showing any body parts.The exhibition offers an alternative representational perspective about the female body by exploring the concepts of gender and the sense of belonging to something as well as sociopolitical codes and roles.

For further information and visiting hours, go to www.galerist.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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