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    Personality crisis through artworks

    Hürriyet Daily News
    22.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    ISTANBUL - 'Personality Crisis,' the latest exhibition at Istanbul’s Outlet/Independent Art Space, is the response of a group of artists from Turkey and abroad to contemporary issues through paintings, photography and video works. The exhibition will continue through May 23.

    Outlet/Independent Art Space continues to bring dynamism to the city’s contemporary art scene. The gallery’s new exhibition "Personality Crisis," which opened April 4, is the artists’ response to contemporary issues.

    "Personality Crisis" includes the works of seven artists who are preoccupied with their personal issues. Paintings, photography and video works by Barış Seyitvan (Diyarbakır), Birtan Oran (İzmir), Erkan Özgen (Diyarbakır), Fatih Tan (Mardin-Antakya), Mehmet Vanlıoğlu (İstanbul), Murat Özdemir (İzmir) and Nasan Tur (Berlin) have come together in the ground-floor space.

    Works in the exhibit
    Birtan Oran's work depicts as much himself as the children of the consumer age in general; on a pile of boxes stands a pair of Adidas trainers, all shiny.

    Nasan Tur uses the widely popular slogan "Time for Revolution" as a template for a spray-painting, yet rewriting this graffiti with a little difference, mending "Revolution" to "Revollusion." The "failure/error" of this writing multiplies the meanings and thus expands its significance.

    Murat Özdemir transports a cry form the past into his painting. The series, called "Silence," expresses his inner voice. Erkan Özgen follows the trail of a begotten time in his video "Lost Body." The innocence of childhood vanishes in between the soldiers’ boots.

    In their day jobs, artists Mehmet Vanlığoğlu and Barış Seyitvan work as house painters or clowns. Their struggle to make ends meet is reflected in their artistic production. In his video, Vanlıoğlu paints walls and goes fishing whereas Seyitvan tapes his bookkeeping for the day, late at night.

    Fatih Tan, in his photographic work, drags the spectator into a thriller brimming with nonchalance. An artist, a critic and an assassin, side by side, are hooking the onlooker into the snapshot of a Nietzschean moment.

    Downstairs the Outlet Project Room has been separated for Adrian Paci’s video "Centro di Permanenza Temporanea."

    Albanian artist Adrian Puci, 40, has lived in Milan since 1997. Having created an impressive series of artworks on the situations of his native Balkan’s, Paci, in his new piece "Centro di Permanenza Temporanea" creates an ironic link between the bygone and the new. Willing to travel from one country to another, full of hope, hoping for a more fortunate, more prosperous and peaceful future, the depicted migrant workers are crossed with the artist's own circumstances.

    Obliged to move from one place to another, the migrants do not cross each other in the habitually tiny, crowded coach but on an aircraft stairway, trying to board a plane. But old habits die hard and a row is forming itself. This work by Paci, known for his habit of mocking himself, can also be read as the depiction of the "homo balkanikus" predicament.

    The exhibition will be open through May 23. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday between 10 am. and 6.30 p.m.

    About Outlet Art Space

    Outlet, run by contemporary artist Azra Tüzünoğlu, is a venture to bring art, regarded as a luxury commodity, to the masses, in a time and space where social and cultural inequity is ever more deeply entrenched. Outlet hopes to provide an innovative and vigorous platform for an artistic context wedged between the city's many bank galleries, private institutions and museums. Outlet Project Room hosts distinctive works by artists from Turkey and abroad, as well as helping to support the production of new projects with the desire to intertwine a commercial and a non-profit project space to encourage new attitudes and conversations.

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