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MIMIKO

Visual artıst, ıntımate outsıder, subjectıve narrator
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RECENT PROJECTS
Waves of Intention

Video, Drawing, Sculpture, 2023

Earth fight

Video, 2022

Innergy / Watery Incantations

Video, 2021

Kız gibi Dövüş / Fight Like a Girl

Performance & Installation, 2022

About MIMIKO

Mimiko is an artist based in Istanbul who mostly produces videos, photography series, artist’s books and textual and performative works, focusing on connecting to/through the body and transcending the body.

The first decade of her practice focused on gender roles and socially constructed identities through a subjective documentary approach. For the past five years she has been working towards exploring the expression of the inner flow — ‘innergy’, an amalgam of inner and energy — in human bodies and water-bodies.

By conducting a primarily visual and bodily experience-based artistic research and drawing connections between constructed binaries and dichotomies, she questions global narratives about gender roles, identities and more recently about climate and ocean emergencies with a multidisciplinary approach, aiming for creating a disturbance of predisposed personal and social structures.

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Body Fragments group show / Pilot Galeri, Istanbul

May 28 – July 13

Sea Land At Bodrum Maritime Museum / Bodrum

April 17 – June 1

Artist in Residence at La Maison de Barbara / Ayvalık

May 20 on

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS
10th Mediations Biennial

Feshane ArtIstanbul, 2023

Waves of Intention

Pilot Galeri, 2023

Witness of the Flow

Cendere Sanat Museum, 2022

Your Body Is a Battleground

Agah Uğur Collection Exhibition, 2022

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Artist Statement

Over the years, the body has been central to my art practice: human bodies, migrating bodies, emotional bodies, water bodies…

 

bodies that struggle

bodies that drown

bodies that float, that survive

bodies that ache, bodies that heal

bodies that kick, that knock over the rocks across millions of human years

bodies that endure

bodies that yearn

 

My earlier works demonstrate a specific interest in the human body as the most common outward manifestation of the sexual, psychological, emotional and sociological identities. Furthermore, my artistic research is deeply rooted in my own bodily experiences which includes a variety of physical activities such as Muay Thai, snowboarding, wave surfing. My interest in the power (and inability) of the human body (of all forms and capacities) and its potential to be the meditator to connect with non-human bodies grew with the practice of these various physical activities.

 

bodies that flow

bodies that break

bodies that break free

 

Refuting heteronormative perspectives and meditating on the complex human-nonhuman entanglements have led me to reflect in terms of interconnections and flows between supposedly separate entities —human and nonhuman— as I have been working towards exploring the expressions of flow or innergy as I like to call it: an amalgam of inner and energy.

 

Water can be said to be an intrinsic embodiment of the flow and in the new phase of my art practice I’ve been focusing on water-bodies. I’ve been interested in investigating what flow is as a concept that helps represent and interpret the world and relations with a more fluid, ever-changing and non-binary approach.

 

bodies that wave

waves that embody

 

Over the years, building upon various works investigating ways to connect to and through the body, my primary objective shifted towards transcending the body and my approach from a solitary practice of contemplating and reflecting towards one that creates collective experiences and knowledges in the new phase of my practice.

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Photography Series & Stand alone ımages
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Artist's Books & leftover notebooks
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