Gülin Hayat Topdemir 'Black Box'
04/05/2013 - 15/06/2013
Gülin Hayat Topdemir to present her latest work in her new exhibition 'Kara Kutu' ('Black Box') at Galeri Zilberman between May 4th and June 15th.
After a three-year hiatus, the artist turns the focus on herself in her third individual exhibition at Galeri Zilberman.
Using the surrealistic stories of the woman and the dark nature of her dream world, and the regional lighting technique (Chiaroscuro) that dates back to the Rennaisance, she masterfully combines the chromatic atmosphere she has constructed, and turns the focus on the woman she perhaps knows the best: Herself.
Gülin Hayat Topdemir brings her separated characters in her Black Box series face to face with scenes she has constructed onto the different phases of the mysterious-yet-clear and sad-yet-cheerful cycle of life. In her paintings, the self breaks into its parts and the details in the nook of Black Box come to light.
Topdemir finds and examines, through herself, the sub-identities that can exist in a woman as an individual, and brings them face to face. Gathering the separated identities in the eye of her artistic identity, she tells new stories about the possible new kinds of relationships that can form between them. Coming face to face with each other as a consequence of time folding into itself, these characters test each other in various ways, and turn into players in a game where the rules are ambiguous. As the life cycle where celebrations, pastimes, dreams, nightmares and threats intertwine keeps turning towards the future, the largest amount of experiences a lifetime can hold become visible through this series.
Gülin Hayat Topdemir, 1976 – Istanbul
She completed the undergraduate and graduate programs at Mimar Sinan University, Department of Painting between 1998 and 2000. She also attended a summer academy in Salzburg in 1999. She won the Special Jury Award at the Nuri İyem Painting Competition in 2007. Topdemir has opened three individual exhibitions to date, as well as participating in many national and international group exhibitions. She lives and works in Istanbul.