SANATORIUM, Istanbul: Osman Killed Me

Zeyno Pekünlü, "Osman Killed Me"

In her new individual exhibition “Osman Killed Me”, Zeyno Pekünlü meets with the audience with five new works. The exhibition that is named after Osman F. Seden’s 1963 dated movie, mostly consists of video works that reorganize familiar images, symbols, sounds and texts that we grew accostumed to come accross, see and hear. Comprising a wide spectrum of material from the National Anthem, Nutuk by the founding leader of the nation, Yeşilçam melodramas, to daily news on violence against women, Zeyno Pekünlü’s works traverse public and private manifestations of various forms of subordination, and problematize the technologies of power. The works invert the social functions of materials through deformation, contextual detachment and categorization of ordinary texts and images. Rather than creating an instance of enlightenment, the novel perspective offered by this method exposes the spectator to a state of temporary perplexity, disorientation and non-identification. Therefore, aims to open a critical space by combining power mechanisms that seem independent from each other such as; nationalism, militarism and patriarchy.

The male violence uttered in a Sunday afternoon conversation of a middle class couple, an absurd National Anthem that is waving over an urban demolition, the Yeşilçam masculinity that is transformed into an abusive act by separating it from language, subvert the constitutive historical and social myths by discrediting them while constructing the daily existence as a political field. Scanning a range of issues, from the construction of maleness and femaleness as gender roles to the constitutive myths of citizenship and nation, the approach of the works aims to decipher patriarchy that encompasses the intimate and the social simultaneously. Among these works that have an ongoing dialogue with each other we find out the suggestions shared by the social opposition: disrupt, subvert and rethink the given.                      

Zeyno Pekünlü 

Zeyno Pekünlü was born in 1980 in İzmir. After graduating from Mimar Sinan University Painting Department, she completed her MA and Efficiency in Art Program in the same university. She finished her second MA in Universitat de Barcelona “Production and Artistic Research”. She works as a lecturer in İstanbul Kültür University since 2011. Some of her crucial exhibitions are; “Who Left/What Behind” , Ankara Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi (2012)/ Neighborhood X.O, Goethe Institute, Ankara (2012) / In Growing up Amid the Historical Mysteries of Proximity, Belgrade (2012) / Swab, Barcelona (2012) / Abuse, Sanatorium, İstanbul, (2012) / Re-Locate, Rumeli Han, İstanbul (2012)/ “Where Fire Has Struck”, DEPO, İstanbul (2011), “Demirbaş”, Sanatorium, Istanbul (2011). In addition, her video works met the audience in several festivals.

Sevil Tunaboylu, “I Watched It as It Disappeared on the Horizon”

In her exhibition, “I Watched It As It Disappeared on the Horizon”, Sevil Tunaboylu shares the process of reaching definitions of masculinity and femininity within the domestic settings and society at large, beginning from her personal life.  From the way the artist approaches the subject, it’s possible to recognize the encounters between her memories of daily, family life that have been buried in her memory and her current identity. During this encounter, memory serves the purpose of contrasting the mature individual’s present attitudes, while, at the same time, retaining the qualities of recollection.

I hear the phrase “First Serve the Men” quite a lot since my childhood. It usually comes out of the mouth of the woman who gives the plates to the girl who will serve the food to the table in family unions. Nowadays, I don’t hear it that often.  

“The reason behind is that while our “elders” who grew up with the tradition to become “servant” are passing away one by one, their daughters are trying to adapt to modern urban life and either with a conscious or unconscious dissention, they start to question their rights by considering their status within family.” 

Sevil Tunaboylu

Sevil Tunaboylu was born in 1982 in Istanbul. She have completed her bachelor’s degree in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Painting Department. She continues her master’s degree in Marmara University Fine Arts Institute Photography Department. 

Between May 2009 and June 2010, the artist executed 13 exhibitions in Turkey and abroad within the body of artist initiative Mtaär, she co – founded with Erkin Gören in Kadıköy/Moda in 2009. Some of these exhibitions include; “Local Illustrators”, “No Exclusive Quarters For Families” and “Escape from Civilization”.

Furthermore, the artist participated in several group exhibitions since 2003 such as; “Do Not Ask Why” in Harfiyat Karaköy in 2008, “Where The Fire Has Struck” in DEPO in 2011, “Soft City” and “Uncanny Games” in PG Art Gallery in the same year, “Distance and Contact” in Baksı Museum in 2012 and finally in Canakkale Biennial within the conceptual title “Fictions and Dissentions”. 

The artist continues her studies in her atelier in Istanbul Moda. 

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