Margins

Margins

The areas that lack definition, the margins – be they geographical, emotional, psychological – present dichotomies that these four artists choose to explore and exploit.  From culturally diverse backgrounds, they are linked by a thread that runs through contemporary cross culture and border society. They search to resolve certain deeply felt ambiguities, to understand oppositions that arise from deconstructing their situations. The works come to be understood as interpretations of the metaphysics of presence. Hulya transforms our self projections on to snapshots of idealised television clips and creates imaginary worlds that reflect progressive technology and the expanding medium. Her work combines the contemporary with the old period of Turkish film to try and find a place in which to fit our aspirations. The notion of identity is equally important in Marta’s work. The artist finds herself torn between the influence of her Czech communist upbringing, attracted to her country’s roots whilst having to deal with cultural differences in her new home country. She uses memory and experience to guide her work, accepting sub-conscious accidents to shape the artistic expression of her ambiguous national identity. Guler’s duality of cultures become fused in work using symbols of Eastern exoticism and Victorian propriety. Movement and flux emphasise the sense of the un-definable in an intimate inner world. The protagonist is in possession of her space and independent of the outside. Guler and Marta seek to delineate a place or state of mind that lacks clarity. The borders that Céline searches to define are to be found between seeing and creating. The processes, both mental and physical, result in covered and uncovered layers of drawings and photographs, pulling photography and, more generally, artistic tools and images to its limits and fundamentally questioning the creative act.  

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