KAMIL FIRAT / 15
Machine stitching on found chest fabric,
Custom Made Lens (Without artificial effects)
For Kamil Fırat one of the most elite of the Turkish art of Photography, the way to identify, conceive, see and understand the world and to say something about it, is by means of photography. The Artist, whose art as photographs and prints take place in numerous international museums and private collections, overlooks the times we live in from a metaphoric perspective, with his series.
He has been working on photography and art theories since 1980. He teaches Art Theories, Aesthetics, Visual Communication, Photography Phenomenology and Documentary Photography at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. He opened exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. His works are in numerous museums and private collections. He is one of the founders of Adatepe Taş Mektep (Çanakkale). He is the curator of Bursa International Photography Festival from 2015.
The submarine bells are ringing for the ‘void’ touched upon by the minarets extending from the mist towards the sky. That void is where Istanbul was built…
Indeed... Istanbul is the shaping of this void that has surrounded it for thousands of years. From the architects of Hagia Sophia, İsidoros from Miletus and Anthemios from Tralleis, to the architect of the Sulaymaniyah Mosque, Sinan the Great, the people who built the city, in other words, shaped the void, turned it into the body of this city.
For this reason, Istanbul is a timeless city, which is always in touch distance but cannot be touched, it manages to escape when you think it is captured. It is a timeless city that is formed out of time-layers and that constantly flows.
You take a turn around a corner and you find yourself in three hundred years ago, you go up a ladder and live the present day. This city is a timeless city purely because it consists of corridors where different times intertwine.
This timelessness causes the city to be reborn every time the sun shows itself and thus to become a 'living city' that is rebuilt every single day.
Istanbul takes its color from the void that gives its shape and its color is undoubtedly blue…
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