Marcus Graf, mentions on the exhibition in his article as follows: “In her current series exhibited at Milli Reasürans, Burcu Aksoy is not afraid to step into the darkness of our existence in order to discuss the state of mind after crossing the borders of logic and rationality. In her fragmented images, she depicts interiors of mental hospitals in order to critically discuss the meaning of sanity and insanity in the context of psychology and psychoanalysis. Mistrusting any objectivity and universalism of reality and its perception, instead of linearity, her work is characterized by multidimensionality. She intertwines elements of various rooms so that a complex spatial abstraction occurs. Although being based on actual interiors of mental-hospitals, the traditional notion of perspective and composition becomes obsolete in her photos. Instead, an attractive multitude of spatial views appears in an eclectic and pluralist aesthetic that refers to the heterogeneity of our world.
Although her images burst of lines, shapes and textures, and therefore rather follow an aesthetic of fullness, a strange feeling of emptiness and loneliness occurs. Also, supported by the nearly total lack of colour, a rather dark and uncanny atmosphere dominates the works. Black, grey and white tones characterize the spaces. On the one hand, this monochromy supports the graphic character and the dynamic of the speeding lines and swirling shapes. At the same time, the lack of colour seems like the last prove for the absence of life, joy and happiness. And here, obviously, Aksoy reveals her negative and critical opinion about the meaning of mental hospitals in modern society.
The uncanny atmosphere gets strengthened by the absence of man. No figure is depicted. The rooms are empty, the beds are untouched. Also, no rudiment of human life is visible. No clothes, books, food remains can be seen. The spaces seem like deserted facilities in a ghost town, the right location for our scary nightmare, from which we are glad to wake up in order to escape, and forget. Still, the photos have an appealing aesthetic, as their dynamic composition pulls the spectator right into the image. There, he finds a possibility to imagine his own story inside the rooms. This is a feature that I especially value in her actual work. The absence of man, gives the spectator the chance to put himself into the image. In this way, the normally passive observer becomes active by filling the empty space with his own story. Just like in a movie, he then becomes the protagonist of his own plot that is screened before the inner eye of his mind.”
The opening of Burcu Aksoy’s new exhibit will be on April 29th at Milli Reasurance Art Gallery in Maçka, Nişantaşı. The exhibition will conclude on June 8.>> Current Exhibition >> All Exhibitions