Kazım Karakaya, after his last show “Transformation” in 2014, meets with his spectators in the occasion of a totally new exhibition at Milli Reasurans Art Gallery with his latest works that many were looking forward to see with enthusiasm after a long two years of silence. In this exhibition titled “Human-Animal” Karakaya shows his big scale aluminium and iron works besides his relatively medium size bronze moulding sculptures.
It can be said that the exhibit presented with the title, “Human-Animal” tends towards a base of rethinking on the existance of human and animal as two components of a mirror natured relation in harmony of life and on the contrast face off against each other at the same time. In this sence the artist continues to prevent his so long ongoing conceptual background of his artistic production while widening his working scope by new materials and form possibilities.
In the catalogue prepared for the exhibition, art historian, theorist and academician Zeynep Sayın wrote on Karakaya’s works of art; she covered briefly all periods of his artistic scope on this particular collection and all his milestones through the production phases of this exhibition based on her own experience; sharing all these two years of time following of his working procedure and also sharing his mental background.
Sayın underlines in the article:
“If there is such a thing as a distinction, then it is not between human and animal, but between the system that renders human and animal, and human and animal themselves. Therefore, this is an inverse equation: not the human head, not the human arche, not the human archive, the face instead of the head... As people lose their heads, animals have halos around their heads, they have faces... Saints, animals and caputa mortua in European art... During periods of fascism, since the dead have died with their eyes open, if there is a double responsibility assigned to those who survive, i.e., both closing the eyes of the dead, and keeping the eyes of the living open, then there is, here too, a double responsibility and a warning: by saving people from their heads, and animals from their humanness, the mirror that opens onto a future that has not yet matured yet, a future that delays the difference between them as much as it renders it discernible...
And the artist’s solution, as simple as it is (most) complex: not a monument, not remembering and forgetting, not an archive that rests on arche, which is founded by remembering and forgetting and constantly interprets the past and present with what it documents, not animality and humanity, but the field that opens in the here and now onto that thing that has no name or memory, nor is suitable to memory, that which we can never experience but nevertheless does not abandon us, existence itself, and its plainness. A non-monument inside the monument... Not to represent, to conquer, to erect a monument, or to look through a window, not insolence/facelessness, but the window of existence, half-open: this is the face of existence in Karakaya sculptures, that is all...”
The opening of Kazım Karakaya’s new exhibit will be on Martch 29th through April 29, 2017 at Milli Reasurance Art Gallery in Maçka, Nişantaşı.>> Current Exhibition >> All Exhibitions