click to see the "I am so beautiful, so beatiful" book!
An extract from:
Beauty is the Promise of Happiness.
Cemre Yeşil, August 2016
Çok güzelim, çok güzel / I am so beautiful, so beautiful is a manifestation of touching colours, shapes and forms through photography, rather than simply perceiving the light through the eye of the camera. Charlotte’s photographs are the experiences that teach her the varieties of light, colour and intensity belonging to objects and subjects of touch. It is through her photographs that we again end up trusting our eyes to feel; the intimacy and the beauty.
In-between the lives that seem to be orientated towards partner search, marriage and having children, despite not actually touching the lives that she has, we better understand what Charlotte sees through her sense of touch — which can be considered an instance for the pleasure that we receive through the things we ourselves cannot touch physically. Worthily of the name Balat, derived from the Greek work palation (In Latin palatium) meaning palace — weddings and celebrations that take place here are of massive importance. These effulgent
occasions are for the girls and young women to showcase and display themselves, as well as to escape from the monotonous everyday life connected to the household. While men are in public spaces, women tend to stay in private. Charlotte focuses on the private, therefore the women — which recalls the political argument used as a slogan of second-wave feminism
from the late 1960s: “The private is political.” Charlotte’s photographs underscore the connection between her personal experience and larger socio-political issues that refers to any power relationships within a house. Moreover, Çok güzelim, çok güzel / I am so beautiful, so beautiful becomes a photographic politicization of beauty through the politics of housework,
marriage, motherhood, childhood, friendship, puberty, sexuality, family, celebrations, traditions, short-lived pop songs and perhaps Balat itself.
click to see the "Becoming" book!
“Becoming” is many things, but first of all it is about “being” and it is about “coming”. It is both about an arrival and a departure. It is strongly tied to past, present, and future. It is also about waiting, with or without knowing it. Becoming carries the weight of change which makes life both beautiful and painful. In return, we all carry the marks of change in our bodies and souls. It is a process of transformation which brings out many questions. Becoming is biological, chemical, evolutionary, psychological, physical, philosophical, social, political, personal, and interdisciplinary. The strange thing is that becoming is already out there in our lives even before they begin. We come to “be” before we become ourselves. There is another thing to consider in the relationship between consciousness and becoming. There must be a reason to why we do not remember about the time passed in our mother’s belly, or even the first 3-4 years of our lives. The great unknowns of becomings hide the real essence of life, and perhaps it is the constant becomings that keep us from becoming insane.
Becoming is magical and it is full of wonder. How does one come to be and what does it take to emerge; as a baby, a plant, an artist, a child, an adolescent, a gay, a couple, a fighter, or a mother? This exhibition does not attempt to answer all these questions, however the photographs that fill the rooms of Daire Sanat are definitely filled with the pleasure of “becoming.” The exhibition travels through various stages of change depending on the issues of age, gender roles, responsibility, love, sexuality, politics, culture, and nature.
All the works in this exhibition are strongly tied to the concept of growing; both the pleasure and the pain of it. The individual works stand alone while at the same time laying entwined in each other’s power in order to make each other grow into bigger meanings and to create more possibilities. This exhibition also tries to ease the pain of “becoming a photographer” by hosting both the very young photographers and some contemporary photographers who have produced remarkable works. Each room in the exhibition space embraces the challenges of visibility, and invisibility. This is a story of picturing “becoming”and of becoming “pictures.”
For the artist-curator Cemre Yeşil Gönenli this exhibition is a letter written for future. She seeks to create a space and a time to photographically meditate on the joy and the wonder of her own becomings. She tries to learn how to “take care” by curating this exhibition that invites us all to mediate with our own becomings.
ARTISTS: ECE AK, RITA PUIG SERRA COSTA, ORHAN CEM ÇETİN, SİNEM DİŞLİ, EDA EMİRDAĞ, CEMİL BATUR GÖKÇEER, ATA KAM, CANSU KORKMAZ, TOROS MUTLU, LARA ÖGEL, ANI EKİN ÖZDEMİR, BARTU KAAN ÖZDİŞÇİ, DANI PUJALTE, SOFIE PUTTFARKEN, CHARLOTTE SCHIMITZ,
YUSUF SEVİNÇLİ, ANDERS RYE SKJOLDJENSEN, MARIA STURM, BÜŞRA ŞENGÜL, SERKAN, TAYCAN, GÖZDE MİMİKO TÜRKKAN, YAĞIZ YEŞİLKAYA, CANSU YILDIRAN, ATAHAN YILMAZ
Daire Sanat is happy to announce the exhibition entitled Becoming: Cure as Care / Olagelen: İhtimam curated by the artist Cemre Yeşil Gönenli and the limited edition book published by FiLBooks and Daire Sanat. The exhibition can be visited in between 17th March — 21st April 2018.
As an artist, academician, photographer and perhaps a curator 'to become', Cemre Yeşil Gönenli aims to create a space to ‘learn and teach’ under the shadow of ‘sharing’ and ‘becoming’, by bringing together not only all those people she has learnt from; like her students, her teachers, and her peers, but also their various stories on ‘becoming’ they have told through photographs.