Art project presents a ‘senseless society’
ISTANBULYoung artist Ekin Onat von Merhart’s installation is on display at İkametgah Kadıköy, a joint art project rising from artistic production and collectivity in the Asian side of Istanbul.
The installation of von Merhart draws attention to a society that became senseless through experiencing events of daily life. Her installation shows clothes with arms but no human figures attached.
“Clothes and the fact that those humans do not have legs and only arms have a significant symbol. They have no place to run, and they cannot run,” von Merhart said.
Von Merhart said she was inspired by situations and social life in Turkey. The clothes of von Merhart belong to children, women, men, old people and young people. “Everyone is in the same situation,” she said.
The exhibition unites the venues of artists living and producing on the eastern side of the Bosphorus under the theme “Independent and United.” It aims to gather both sides of Istanbul together.
Artists will exhibit their works in various mediums, in neither conceptual nor formal frame, at five different venues in Kadıkoy. Apart from the exhibitions, there will be performances, concerts and discussions.
The project is open to the public at Kadikoy’s leading art venues Asfalt, Hush Gallery, Istanbul Hatırası Fotoğraf Merkezi, KargART and Piha Kolektif Sanat between Jan. 25 and Feb. 19.