A FINGER FOR AN EYE

Baha Görkem Yalım, Cansu Yıldıran, Dorian Sarı and Istanbul Queer Art Collective


  • <p>Dorian Sarı, <em>Sans Titre (Toi, moi, dedans, dehors)</em>, 2020. Courtesy of Wilde Gallery, Switzerland.</p>

    Dorian Sarı, Sans Titre (Toi, moi, dedans, dehors), 2020. Courtesy of Wilde Gallery, Switzerland.


Exhibition dates: February 25 – March 26, 2021
Visiting hours: will be announced in February 2021
Location: Poşe Artist Run Space, Bereketzade, Hacı Ali Sk. No. 8 Daire 6, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Protocinema, in partnership with Poşe Artist Run Space, presents A Finger for an Eye, a group exhibition with Baha Görkem Yalım, Cansu Yıldıran, Dorian Sarı and Istanbul Queer Art Collective (Tuna Erdem & Seda Ergul), curated by Alper Turan within our Emerging Curator Series 2021. This exhibition responds to the ongoing violence materialized in the realm of the visual codes, symbols, and representations of queer existences in Turkey. Evolving out of the famed rainbow that has become a target, and with the understanding that “visuality separates the groups so classified as a means of the social organization”,[1] all of these artists innovate a visual language that is bold and invisible at the same time.

Selectively visible, A Finger for An Eye brings together new queer forms, images, and languages that evade high-surveillance, decipherment, and taxonomy technologies of the state while assuring queer positions. The multi-disciplinary practices and artistic visions of Baha Görkem Yalım (NL) and Dorian Sarı (CH) incorporate poetically- charged, minimalist approaches and abstracted queer forms. Istanbul Queer Art Collective (UK), whose performance works mainly render the queer body “aggressively visible”, on the other hand, will produce a new performance where body is abstracted and absent. Cansu Yıldıran (TR), who predominantly focuses on rendering invisible subjects visible through her photographic lens, obscures portraits and blurs the identities for the exhibition.

Without abandoning the imperatives of visibility politics, or suggesting a return to the ‘‘closet’’, instead proposing spy-like positions, which are undetectable but contagious, the exhibition brings together queer artists to “resist the dictates of transparency normally required of non-normative subjects by illuminating the unseen.”[2] Featuring artists who willfully adopts and appropriates the very practices as artistic strategies such as censor, erasure, or oppression that the state poses as challenges to queer visibility in the public realm while experimentating with abstraction, reduction, non-figuration and non-coloration, A Finger for An Eye takes the queer in camouflage by using the tools of the authority, to be present and deceive its sensors.

[1] Nicholas Mirzoeff. “The Right to Look,” Critical Inquiry 37, no. 3 (Spring 2011): 473-496; 476.

[2] Amin, Kadji, Amber Jamilla Musser, and Roy Pérez. "Queer Form: Aesthetics, Race, and the Violences of the Social." ASAP/Journal 2.2 (2017): 227-239.


Alper Turan, Protocinema Emerging Curator for 2021, was mentored by: David J. Getsy, Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Krist Gruijthuijsen, Director, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Maura Reilly, Independent Curator and Mari Spirito, Executive Director, Curator, Protocinema, Istanbul, New York.

About Alper Turan: https://www.protocinema.org/exhibitions/alper-turan-protocinema- emerging-curator-for-2021

Special Thanks: Charlotte Feng Ford; Suzanne Egeran; anonymous supporters; courtesy Öktem Aykut Gallery, Istanbul and Wilde Gallery, Switzerland.This project is supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul.

Biographies: Baha Görkem Yalım, http://bahagorkemyalim.com/;
Cansu Yıldıran
, https://www.cansuyildiran.com/
Dorian Sarı, https://www.doriansari.co/;
Istanbul Queer Art Collective, https://www.istanbulqueerartcollective.co.uk/bio

More: Ela Perşembe, ela@protocinema.org, +90531 923 3778; Mari Spirito, mari@protocinema.org, +1917 660 7332; Larissa Araz, larissa.araz@gmail.com, +90532 724 2433.

Poşe Artist Run Space is an independent and non-profit space that was conceived in the spring of 2018. In its emergence lies the desire to act and come together. It is a physical and mental space where different disciplines and forms of experiences, production, and thinking speaks to each other. poşe doesn’t hesitate to try and fail, to learn from each other and argues that production processes are as important as the final production. Along with short-term exhibitions and public programmings, it also conducts long-term research. pose-hello.com

Protocinema is a cross-cultural, mission driven art organization, commissioning and presenting site-aware art in Istanbul, New York and elsewhere. We produce context- specific projects of the highest artistic quality that are accessible to everyone. Protocinema evokes empathy towards understanding of difference, across regions though exhibitions, educational public programming and mentorship. Protocinema maintains long-term relationships with artists nurturing sustained growth. Founded by Mari Spirito in 2011, Protocinema is a registered 501(c)3, free of 'brick and mortar', sites vary to respond both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground. protocinema.org

Protocinema is supported by: FfAI - The Foundation for Arts Initiatives, The Cowles Charitable Trust, New Jersey; SAHA Association, Istanbul; 601 Artspace, New York

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