Istanbul Modern, Turkey's first museum of modern and contemporary art, continues its exhibition series by increasing the visibility of women with Selma Gürbüz’s new exhibition. “This Place We Call World,” which addresses Gürbüz’s 35-year art journey through a number of themes, opens on Nov. 5 and will continue until March 31, 2021.
Gürbüz is an artist whose work defies the borders of countries. Having received an education both in the U.K’s Exeter College of Art Design and Turkey’s Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty, she has participated in numerous exhibitions in Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires, Barcelona and various cities in Japan. Her works are featured in several museum collections, including the British Museum in London, the Galerie Maeght Collection in Paris, Istanbul Modern and the Ankara Art and Sculpture Museum. She continues to work from her studio in Istanbul, but her artwork is displayed in different cities across the globe. In her latest show at Istanbul Modern, Gürbüz showcases elaborate works woven with myths, legends and fairytales that transcend space and time.
Noting “This Place We Call World” is her first solo exhibit after a three-year hiatus, Gürbüz said that the show could be considered a retrospective as it displays examples from different periods of her artistic career.
Displaying the wandering spirit of an artist who has explored many geographies, times and cultures, the carefully curated exhibition invites us to rethink our approach to people, nature and life.