Between the dates December 27- January 26, Dirimart
presents Bahar Oganer’s new exhibition ‘Dreamland’.
In her new series Dreamland, Oganer depicts the young
woman figure with her back facing the viewer used in her auto
portraits symbolizing herself in a new spatial dimension. The
open and closed urban spaces in her previous works, are
converted into suburban outdoors and nature. The figure of
herself painted outside the chaotic environment of the city, is
now in search of primitive purification and freedom in a
landscape which is painted in a colorful manner.
Unlike her past works, Oganer pictures the figure of modern
women, appearing as an urban resident until now, in a
composition that it doesn’t belong to. While freeing the
viewer, she’s also emancipating the image.
By fictionalizing the photography, the artist uses it as a
starting point and offers her own reality through the color, one
of the fundamental elements of nature. The pureness of the
nature that the artist portrays reflects the transparency
between her and the viewer.
Colorful and attractive background images used in Oganer’s
former series are replaced by shaded monochrome forms.
While the viewer looks at the section framed by the figure as
before, in “Dreamland”, he/she overlooks a timeless and
boundless space. This time, the focal point is neither the
figure itself nor the background; it is the painting as a whole.
Bahar Oganer was born in 1980, Ankara. After she gets her B.A
from Dokuz Eylül University, Fine Arts Faculty, Painting
Department. She participated in the residency programme, Cité
Internationale des Arts.The artist’s solo exhibitions: Secret
Garden (with Ozan Oganer) AlanIstanbul 2011, Istanbul;
Crystal Dirimart 2008, Istanbul; Dream Dirimart 2008,
Istanbul. Certain group exhibitions: Encounters Turkish
Contemporary Art in Korea Seul, 2012; Who Left Behind
Plevne/Ankara, 2012; Exhibition of Turkish Contemporary Art
by Various Artists ArtSpace London,2012; Turkish
Contempoarary Art at Close Proximity New York,2010.