“Beau Ideal” at Pilot Gallery/Istanbul, Feb 2019

Beau Ideal



Pilot is pleased to present “Beau Ideal”, a reflection on constructed beauty and a glance at gender politics. Today, having interest in how our bodies appear to our surroundings became a political issue. What we find aesthetically pleasing, cool or tacky is constructed by and also constructs the society. Along with the presence of Butler in the 90s we acknowledged that gender is a social construct. Gender is real only to the extent that it is performed and is a process of self-construction as well as beauty.

Gözde Mimiko Türkkan and Pınar Yoldaş has fresh approaches to the concept of “collective desire”. They delve from variety of angles into labels; skin colors, ethnicities, species, gender norms… Playing with the idea that the colors, forms or behavior of bodies are inherently vested with specific meanings, the exhibition sway in the breeze and they arrive to the station of body politics. Which body is the ideal one, according to who, where and when?

“Beau Ideal” features Türkkan’s photo series “Now You See Me” (2015-ongoing), the re-enactment of amateur looking-porn videos and “cam-girls”. The work expands in the exhibition and artist goes out for a new adventure, a search for the biggest right hand of man of African origin in Istanbul she can find. In this search, she produces a sculpture that determines the criteria like the glass shoe in the Cinderella story. Artist also documents her search and turns it into a video work. As the mediums diversify Türkkan’s investigation of the beauty myth branches. Looking from this perspective, the hand becomes the symbol of a workforce and its exploitation, in our era it becomes an instrument to measure success and define talent, like in the case of sportspeople. All in all, Türkkan’s works suggests a collective desire to be accepted.

Pınar Yoldaş’s “Designer Babies” (2013-ongoing), recently exhibited in the 4th Design Biennial (2018), is returning to Istanbul with new babies via Pilot Gallery. In the scope of her bio-critical feminist approach she also produced a new video. The work can be summarized with Agnes Vardas’ words from Les plages d’Agnès (2008): “The women’s struggle will be collective or it will not be; it’s not just about being free.”. Yoldaş wants to look deeper into the idea of beauty and finds its origins in biological world. Following in the footsteps of feminist philosopher Elizabeth Grosz, who believes that our notion of art and beauty is rooted in the animal world, Yoldaş continues her collages of biological excess with two new pieces focusing on birds and the young animal.

Gözde Mimiko Türkkan and Pınar Yoldaş confronts the mainstream, pre-conceptions and biases in the society. Which hand will fit in? Which baby will be the perfect one?



New Exhibition “Jeu des Portraits en Famille” at Centre Intermondes, Jun 2018 (FRA)

Vernissage « Jeu des Portraits en Famille » de GÖZDE MIMIKO TÜRKKAN (TURQUIE)

Après une résidence à la Ludothèque de Mireuil organisée par le Centre Socio-Culturel Le Pertuis, Gözde Mimiko Türkkan (Turquie) est de retour au Centre Intermondes pour exposer le travail photographique “Jeu des Portraits en Famille”, mené avec la complicité de familles rochelaises. Elles ont pu exprimer leurs liens dans un portrait, décalé ou pas, autour du jeu ou du sérieux, professionnel ou amateur. Par le biais de ce travail, l’artiste s’interroge sur la place de chacun dans la société et la famille, sur les relations parents/enfants. Le jeu et la prise de photo s’entremêlant, deux possibilités ont été proposées aux parents : Si leur enfant, adolescent ou grand enfant voulait faire la photo, à lui ou elle de décider du placement, des costumes, des gestes etc.., et aux parents d’obéir! Si leur enfant était trop petit, il ou elle pouvait alors choisir les costumes, les accessoires ou encore les jouets qu’il ou qu’elle aimerait voir sur la photo avec ses parents. Exposition du 6 au 20 juin 2018 au Centre Intermondes, de 10h à 13h et de 14h à 18h.

Pay Here (#06) in Louisville Photo Biennial at 21c Museum Hotel, Sep 2017 (ENG)

[…] Signs of the desire to possess and consume echo throughout this selection of photographs, particularly in the work of Gözde Türkkan whose Pay Here series focuses on the outward manifestation of sexual, psychological, emotional, and sociological identity. The confrontational gaze of the women in Türkkan’s photograph suggests a consideration of the potential costs of desire.

Object(s) of Desire” at 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville/USA.

September 22 – December 31, 2017

Featuring photographic works by: Kelli Connell, Humberto Díaz, Zanele Muholi, Vik Muniz, Youseff Nabil, René Peña, and Gözde Türkkan


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