ABOUT HERA BÜYÜKTAŞÇIYAN 

A Greek Armenian artist from Turkey, born in Istanbul in 1984. She graduated from Marmara University's Faculty of Fine Arts in 2006, and lives and works in Istanbul. Büyüktaşçıyan uses the notion of the ‘other’ and combines it with the concepts of absence and invisibility, in order to compose an imaginary connection between identity, memory, space & time through ‘the other’. In her recent works to inquire the meaning of ‘absence’ within the collective memory, she focuses on urban transformation, which causes disappearance, invisibility, isolation and otherness within the framework of communities, history, time, space and memory. Recent exhibitions include The Jerusalem Show VII, Jerusalem, 2014; Fishbone, State of Concept, Athens (2015), Century of Centuries, SALT, Istanbul (2015), and the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

ESSENTIAL SOLITUDE 
“When you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you.”

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, who focuses on contemporary concepts such as otherness, alienation, personal and social memory, and transfers these issues to her paintings, photographs and installations with an iconographic visual language, with her first solo exhibition "Essential Solitude", explains the causes of subjective and social loneliness in historical, cultural, questions on an urban, spatial and environmental platform.

Based on the motto “When you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you.”, the artist tells about the "blame" and the violence and loneliness it brings, which have driven both their socio-political and subjective lives and therefore the social masses to alienation and antagonism throughout history. highlights the facts. This compulsory loneliness and violence drags different cultural identities in the society towards an inevitable assimilation and the destruction of the urban fabrics we live in. Who can be shown as responsible for these extinctions and social transformations? While portraying someone as responsible, the question we must turn to and ask ourselves is how responsible we are for the situation.

Maurice Blanchot refers to this point in his book “Friendship”; ‘’Either man will disappear or he will transform himself. This transformation will not only be of an institutional or social order; rather, what is required in the change is the totality of existence.’’