GONUL NUHOGLU / 10
Little bird in my hand, I don't eat for today
Bronze cast, chemical patina
6 × 7.5 cm
As an artist who lives in İstanbul and collaborates with the fields of historiography, politics and sociology, the works I have produced in the last twenty years are dialogues that feed upon the contradictions of space. My journey is meant to explore the limitless dimensions of our spatiality and to trace trans-disciplinary, social and spatial relations. There are no certainties in my art, neither a methodology though there are intentions. All of my personal exhibitions are composed of works that are grouped around specific themes and concepts and that make use of a diverse range of media. These themes are frequently combined in my installations. My exhibitions may be varied in their material and language; however, there is a semantic bond between them. The subject of each work determines the materials used and the form of the work. I am working on site-specific installations that examine and deconstruct the relations between spaces, ideas and the identities that represent them. I have defined the relationship between spatial dynamics and my works in the following terms: “Taking space into account and integrating it into the piece is a vital element of my production process. Space, with its physical, historical and socio-political dimensions, directs my production.” During research and production new issues come to the fore and this paves the way for my next set of works.,
ABOUT BIRDS SERIES
Birds are belongs to the series 'the things you own end up owning you' referring alienation and freedom.
According to the simplest definition of alienation, since human beings have loaded their human qualities to some objects by absorbing them from himself, he now becomes objectified and glorifies these objects over time, enters their sovereignty and enslaves them (Fromm, 1997). The exchange value of commodities does not remain in the economy, but infiltrates into the purest feelings of human existence.
In this way, human relations are reified. Because an alienated mind objectifies everything he has experienced. Whereas freedom doesn't begin under obligations, even it begin where obligations end. Tiny sparrows are the emulation of this freedom.
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