Set to run between Sept. 5 and Oct. 12, the exhibition "Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words" will be awaiting visitors at Istanbul's SANATORIUM gallery.
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar's solo exhibition "Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words" is about reflecting on life on Earth. It is organized around the concepts that Kerem has been tackling in his recent work "Great Oxidation Event" (2019). The exhibition is curated by Kevser Güler.
Interested in the possibilities of the materialistic foundations of fluxes and relations in biological life, Bayraktar focuses on notions of diversity, variation and complexity through images of movement, transformation and flux that make them possible. The exhibition presents a piece of wall by Bayraktar, including illustrations, images, infographics, texts and symbols regarding the "Great Oxidation Event," along with portraits of plants, animals and objects depicting life-movement relations, as well as a sculptural installation on the transformation of inorganic matter.
Also on view at the exhibition are miniature ambulances which are among the artist's works on variation and diversity and images of possible life forms produced with a specific image generation technique. Looking at the transformation and temporality of vital relations on earth, the exhibition also invokes questions on the transformative potentiality of the image and the conception of the actual digital image.
Movement and stillness; living and non-living; natural and artificial; digital image and the question of representation; data and information are among the main themes of the exhibition as well. The title "Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words" is borrowed from a sentence in Manuel de Landa's "A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History," a book that has inspired Bayraktar in his recent productions. It defines matter as an active agent and suggests reflecting on nature-culture relations starting with defying this dichotomy itself and problematizes anthropomorphic ontologies.
A book including images of works by Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, texts by curator Kevser Güler, philosopher Gaye Çankaya Eksen and artist Sergen Şehitoğlu, as well as a poem of poet Asuman Susam designed by Dilara Sezgin, accompanies the exhibition.