Ambivalence between image and reality on display

Published 09.06.2015 00:29
Updated 09.06.2015 00:30

In his exhibition "Ambivalence," Alpin Arda Bağcık explores the notion of reality that photography presents through his works of charcoal and oil on canvas. Deriving its name from a psychological term describing the coexistence of opposite feelings towards a person or a situation, "Ambivalence," which opened on June 4, takes its strength from a momentary reality that a photograph captures and an ambiguous space between various perceptions and interpretations. His paintings examine the reality of the photographs of historic people and events that were shared with the public by the media. Bağcık focuses on the power relations that influence the lives of the masses through the people and events that he chose for his work and points to the disinformation of news that has either been published or unpublished. Bağcık names his works after medicines used to treat schizophrenia. He uses a monochrome color palette to spotlight the contrast created by the mass eclipse on a socio-political axis. Bağcık demonstrates how disinformation and manipulation allow people to dominate one another and also nature. The uneasiness that is felt after one cannot be sure of what is seen can be witnessed through sharp picture quality. Born in İzmir in 1988, the artist graduated from Dokuz Eylül University's Department of Painting in 2007. He currently continues his work in İzmir. He held a solo show curated by Mirjam Varadinis at Zona Moca Fair's New Proposals section in Mexico City last year. His work can be seen in special collections in the Middle East, Europe and North and South America.

When: Until June 27

Where: Galeri Zilberman

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